There are many choices available for individuals considering plastic surgery, and it’s very important to do an adequate amount of research before determining who will ultimately be responsible for your health and the results of your cosmetic procedure. While a number of physicians may offer cosmetic surgery procedures, this does not automatically mean that all of them have been extensively trained or are heavily experienced with those procedures. One way you can be sure of a plastic surgeon’s experience and credentials is by checking to see that they are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS).
Here’s why ABPS board-certification is so important:
The American Board of Plastic Surgery only certifies plastic surgeons who have proven experience, have obtained additional training in plastic surgery, and have passed rigorous testing requirements. To become certified, plastic surgeons must have:
- A degree from an accredited medical school
- Completed five years or more in an accredited surgical residency program
- Completed at least two years of a dedicated plastic surgery residency within their residency program
With a board-certified plastic surgeon, you can feel confident that he or she has been meticulously trained and has shown proficiency in many of the procedures that are offered. The level of training and experience achieved by board-certified plastic surgeons can ultimately lower the risks of potential complications, as well as maximize the chances that your results will be successful and in line with your expectations. Board-certified plastic surgeons typically represent those who are capable of delivering the highest quality of patient care. Plus, the ABPS requires its certified plastic surgeons to participate in continuing education. Consistent and exceptional standards of care are expected from ABPS – certified plastic surgeons at all times.
There are a lot of factors to consider when you are researching plastic surgeons, including their experience, their willingness to answer your questions and address all of your concerns, and how you feel about them once you’ve met for the initial consultation. In addition, ABPS board-certification should be very high on the list when you are considering your options.
Dr. David L. Durst has been board-certified for many years. Safety, the use of advanced techniques, and skilled, compassionate care are his top priorities, and he will always communicate honestly and thoroughly with you about your options.
Please take a look through our plastic surgery before-and-after photo gallery to see the natural-looking results routinely achieved by Dr. Durst. If you would like more information on our plastic surgeon, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Durst, please contact us today.