If you’re contemplating plastic surgery or a cosmetic procedure of any kind, you have a lot of considerations to bear in mind. A consultation with an expert should provide you with answers regarding the best type of procedure for your needs, whether you are a good candidate for such a treatment and a detailed treatment plan overview of what is involved in providing you with the results you desire. From extensive surgery to minimally-invasive work, you’re putting your health, safety and appearance in the hands of the plastic surgeon you choose. That’s why the very first piece of information you should obtain is whether the doctor is board-certified. This aspect of a physician’s qualifications is crucial to the likelihood of obtaining a satisfactory experience. There are countless benefits to receive when opting to see a board-certified plastic surgeon for your next cosmetic procedure.
You may not realize it, but it is legal in many cases for various types of medical professionals to perform plastic surgery or aesthetic procedures. Patients frequently assume that the person performing their appearance-enhancing treatment is extensively trained in plastic surgery. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Surgeons with board certification possess training in cosmetic surgical and aesthetic procedures above and beyond the general medical training. They must obtain both academic and clinical practice in their field in order to meet requirements of professional certification associations within their field. Such expertise allows patients the peace of mind to know that the surgeon is capable of providing complex procedures with precision and artistry, as well as handling any complications that may arise.
Choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Sands with expertise within their specific area of practice also provides you a measure of safety. Board certification requires proof that a practitioner is knowledgeable in the procedures and capable of performing the types of procedures the patients seek. In fact, physicians must demonstrate as many as 300 hours of proven experience in specific types of cosmetic procedures in order to receive certification. It’s reassuring to know that our doctor definitely has hands-on experience in the type of treatment you desire, rather than simply a general understanding of surgical methods.
A physician cannot hold board certification indefinitely with no further effort. It is mandatory that ongoing training be obtained in order to keep their certification in good standing. In addition, it is a requirement that certain tests are completed with passing scores in order to assess the level of knowledge a surgeon possesses. These requirements allow you to know that your chosen professional is up-to-date on the latest procedures, safety standards and other best practices within the field of plastic surgery.
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The benefits of having a board-certified plastic surgeon are numerous. They can be the difference between a successful experience and a disaster. At Metairie Plastic Surgeons, our board-certified plastic surgeon is experienced in all areas of plastic and reconstructive surgery. Proudly serving clients in the New Orleans and surrounding areas, Dr. Sands is your go-to plastic surgeon in Louisiana. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more.