Board Certified Plastic Surgery: The Symbol

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Board Certified Plastic Surgeon's Symbol

Modesto Plastic Surgeon, Board Certified by ABPS in Plastic Surgery.  This is a symbol of a board certified plastic surgeon, tummy tuck

Dr. Tammy Wu
Modesto Plastic Surgeon
ABPS Certified
This symbol of excellence designates plastic surgeons who are members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.  Plastic surgeons who display this symbol are dedicated to the highest standards of patient care and continuing development of professional skill and competence.  Dr. Tammy Wu, Modesto Plastic Surgeon, is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).  Dr. Wu is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons (ABPS).  ABPS surgeons can become members of ASPS.  ASPS, founded in 1931, is the largest plastic surgery organization in the world and the foremost authority on cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. ASPS represents physicians certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Other Cosmetic, Plastic, and Breast Boards which sound similar

American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery

American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

American Board of Cosmetic Surgery

American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Facial Plastic Surgery

American Board of Breast Surgery

American Board of Cosmetic Breast Surgery

American Board of Laser Surgery

There are more boards than the ones listed here . . .

It is very confusing to the public regarding board certification.  There's much misleading information, especially with similar sounding boards.  There are even other specialties encroaching onto cosmetic medicine.  With enough interest and support groups of people can form their own boards.

So how does one find a "real" plastic surgeon?  There is only one board of plastic surgery:  It is the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). 

Who can call themselves Plastic Surgeons?

Any physician can call himself or herself a "plastic surgeons even if s/he was trained in a nonsurgical specialty. Anyone who has a medical license can call himself or herself a surgeon (or plastic surgeon), even if he or she has no formal training in surgery.

Some of these physicians without plastic surgery training may perform cosmetic surgery in their offices, but do not have privileges to perform these procedures at an accredited hospital.

Physicians who are trained in plastic surgery, and board-certified by the ABPS, may also perform cosmetic surgery procedures in their offices. However, these trained and board certified plastic surgeons will also have hospital privileges at accredited hospitals. You should ask about - and check on - your plastic surgeon's credentials and hospital privileges before undergoing any treatment or surgery. It is important that your doctor has hospital privileges to perform the proposed procedure, even in-office procedures. Hospitals give doctors privileges to do procedures that fit under their training guidelines

To be certified by the ABPS, a physician must have at least five years of approved surgical training, including a residency in plastic surgery. He or she must also pass a comprehensive written and oral exams in plastic surgery.

Your surgeon should complete a residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery accredited by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). In addition, the surgeon should be comfortable performing the procedure in which the patient is interested. Having the right credentials does not necessarily mean the doctor is skilled in specific types of surgery.


More information regarding Plastic Surgery Board Certification

Video of Why Choose an ASPS Plastic Surgeon - from ASPS

American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) website

American Society of Plastic Surgery website - the society for ABPS surgeons.

Choosing the Right Plastic Surgeon from WebMD

Modesto Plastic Surgeon, Board Certified by ABPS in Plastic Surgery.  This is a symbol of a board certified plastic surgeon, tummy tuck

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