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Much like marriage or buying a house, the choice of undergoing a cosmetic procedure is not to be taken lightly: a lot of thought has to be put into the process when deciding to modify your physical appearance through plastic surgery. Technology, skills, experience – we must weigh these factors seriously before entrusting our looks and health in the hands of a plastic surgeon.

However, the first step toward a successful procedure is finding the right provider. Pretty straightforward, right? It should be, at least. Today’s market has been flooded with practitioners who promise stunning results without the credentials to back them up. They represent the shortest way toward all the horror stories you’ve read online.

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The truth is, there are a myriad of ways for you to discern between a qualified, experienced plastic surgeon and an inexperienced provider. Today, we’re looking at the seven indispensable reasons why it’s crucial to have your procedure done by a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon.

1) They Receive Special Training


To be recognized as a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, it takes approximately fourteen+ years of post-high school education, not to mention specific training in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery under direct supervision. The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) supervises the whole process, aiming at selecting only the best candidates. Be sure that this certification is a clear sign of experience, training, and excellence.

Each candidate must pass a written exam, followed by a two-day oral examination, aimed at assessing the candidate’s knowledge, ethical standing, and safe approach toward reconstructive and cosmetic surgery.

Here, at the Vinyard Institute of Plastic Surgery, our medical team is led by William J. Vinyard, MD FACS, a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, whose certification proves his knowledge and experience. In addition to this accomplishment, Dr. Vinyard is one of a small number of Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons that also completed an Advanced Aesthetic (Cosmetic) Plastic Surgery Fellowship.

2) They Continuously Expand Their Knowledge


For a plastic surgeon, getting their ABPS certification is not like tenure: Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons have a lifelong education to look forward to in their field. Every ten years, the ABPS certification has to be renewed through an additional round of examinations and tests. Moreover, the process is very rigorous: the ABPS will check the plastic surgeon’s hospital status, references, and multiple other parameters. To keep their status consistent, plastic surgeons must attend continuing education events, such as seminars and presentations.

Dr. Vinyard treats his ABPS certification and status in a serious manner, which is why his work is continuously aimed both at excellence and safety.

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3) Don’t Forget about Qualifications


When it comes to plastic surgery, qualifications can make the difference between a successful and a botched procedure. Nowadays, any licensed physician can hold the title of a “cosmetic surgeon”, even though their credentials are not associated with plastic surgery training. Moreover, the same thing happens with the Board-Certified Cosmetic Surgeons: the title doesn’t mean that the surgeons have received plastic surgery training. Ask yourself: would you entrust your cosmetic plastic surgery procedure in the hands of a physician who has not completed a plastic surgery training program that is certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties?

In reality, only Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons can prove the level of training, experience, and professionalism required to continuously perform successful cosmetic plastic surgery procedures on hundreds, if not thousands of patients each year. Receiving this certification is not an easy job, proof of the fact that only the best practitioners are part of this elite group.

4) State-of-the-art Facilities


The ABPS certification doesn’t limit itself to only the physician’s credentials. On the contrary, the medical facility and team are both crucial factors in the recertification process for the American Board of Plastic Surgery. For example, if you require anesthesia during your treatment, the anesthetic will be delivered by a certified practitioner, either by a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) of a Board-Certified Anesthesiologist. Furthermore, the medical facility’s status will be checked to ensure the highest technological standards.

5) The Understanding of Aesthetic Appeal


Knowledge and experience are the prerequisites for a safe, successful procedure. However, are they enough to please your aesthetic goals?    

Since they focus their training on cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons are more than qualified to conduct surgery on both the face and the body. With hundreds of procedures, the plastic surgeon understands the value of aesthetic appeal at a higher level, paying more attention to both form and function. Remember that plastic surgeons are artists, and they must reflect their work through reviews, before-and-after photos, etc. Always remember to carefully study the plastic surgeon’s work before making a choice.

Knowledge and experience are the prerequisites for a safe, successful procedure.

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6) Marketing Ethics


We’ve seen countless cases of patients who fell for cut-rate cosmetic surgery centers or incredible offers, only to regret their choice after the procedure. Never forget that these patients end up paying a lot more to fix bad results than it takes to get the job done correctly from the start. 

Given that they have to maintain their status, Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons stay away from unethical marketing, preferring superior results and safety instead of false advertisement and unsafe methods.

7) Dedication to Patient Care and Safety


Board certification is not compulsory, which means that the Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons have to put in more time and resources than their colleagues who have obtained only a medical degree and a license to practice. This is a clear indication of the plastic surgeon’s will and dedication toward the highest standards in patient care and safety. Moreover, the board certification means that the plastic surgeon has been trained to handle emergencies professionally, ensuring the patient’s safety at all times.

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Here at the Vinyard Institute of Plastic Surgery, we are dedicated to a tradition of professionalism, work ethics, and care toward our patients. If you’re eager to learn more about us and our mission, contact us today, and we will book your complimentary consultation!

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