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The confusing state of plastic surgery qualifications explained
Some patients do not know that many physicians performing cosmetic surgery are not certified by the The American Board of Plastic Surgery. Board certification matters as it is how your doctor was trained in his or her specialty. The American Board of Medical Specialties is the organization that recognizes and certified physicians in their specific field of training. If your surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, then your surgeon has done at least six and in most cases seven or more years of surgical training after medical school to become a Plastic Surgeon. Surgeons who are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery are eligible to join The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and The American Society for Aestheic Plastic Surgery. There is an exception to all this rigorous training. Doctors who are "board certified" by The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery do not have to complete any residency training in plastic surgery. They do take a written test and pay a fee to become "board certified". This certification is NOT recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Would you feel comfortable having brain surgery or heart surgery by a doctor who did not have years of training in their speciality and whose "board certification" was not considered valid by the American Board of Medical Specialties?
Your safety at the surgery center
There is also some confusion regarding outpatient surgery facilities. Patients should be concerned about their safety and many people would be suprised to learn that some cosmetic surgery is being done at offices that are not licensed or accredited for surgery. To promote patient safety for cosmetic surgery, plastic surgeons who are members in good standing with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons have agreed to only perform surgery in a facilty that is certified or accredited. The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (also known as the Quad A) mission is to promote safety in outpatient surgery centers. A surgery center may meet additional qualifications and become Medicare Certified. These organizations goals are to ensure patient safety and surgical quality through systematic ongoing inspections and evaluations of the surgery center. They check the operational procedures and physical structure of the surgery center such as training and licensing of the staff, and even the electrical generators. Dr. Papaila's facility, the Texoma Valley Surgery, is both accredited by the "Quad A" and Medicare Certified.
Smart beauty guide from the American Society for Aesthetic Surgery
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery has published an online guide that lists and explains the more common cosmetic procedures. This guide maybe helpful in introducing you to some of the procedures Dr. Papaila performs. You can discuss these procedures with Dr. Papaila during your in office consultation.
Most elective cosmetic procedures are not covered by medical insurance. Upper eyelid surgery, breast reduction surgery, and sometimes removal of excess skin from the belly after massive weight loss are the exceptions to this rule. You can schedule a consult to find out if you qualify for "medically necessary" surgery. Dr. Papaila uses Care Credit for patients who require healthcare financing. You can find more information by clicking the highlighted link.