The Plastic Surgery SecretPosted on May 11, 2017
Patients are learning that just because a doctor performs cosmetic surgery it does not mean that he is board-certified in plastic surgery. According to a recent online industry article many doctors who specialize in other areas including gynecology,dermatology,family medicine, and even dentistry perform cosmetic surgery procedures on an ongoing basis. There have been campaigns by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons designed to help educate patients so that they understand the difference between a well-trained board-certified plastic surgeon and a medical doctor who performs cosmetic plastic surgery. First, it is a mistake to believe that cosmetic plastic surgery can be performed by any medical doctor successfully. There is a great deal of training and experience required in order for a medical doctor to become proficient in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. The ASPS is the only certifying plastic surgery specialty recognized by the American Medical Association. A weekend course in cosmetic surgery does not make a doctor from another specialty an expert. Dr. Malcolm Z. Roth, president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, said in September 2011 that one of the major problems in cosmetic surgery is the lack of proper training and practical skills which causes rookie surgeons to leave patients with some serious problems, including excessive scarring, the removal of too much fat, infections, and even gangrene. the safest places for surgical procedures are accredited hospitals andcertified outpatient facilities. Often,surgeons who were not board-certified in plastic surgery are not permitted to perform lasted surgery procedures and accredited facilities or hospitals. So therefore, they perform the procedures within their office which in many cases puts the patient at risk.Training for both general surgery and plastic and reconstructive surgery needs to be completed in order for plastic surgeons to be board certified. Additionally, when a cosmetic surgeon is board certified it means they he/she has spent 3 to 5 years of residency or fellowship training centered primarily on plastic surgery. Dr. Kim is not only an experienced board-certified in plastic surgeon, he also combines his surgical talent with the natural talent of a true artist.This distinction serves him well but procedures including breast augmentation and liposuction. Credentials and experience a major differentiator when patients are making a decision between cosmetic plastic surgeons. Dr. Kim encourages patients who are considering plastic surgery to contact his office and schedule a consultation.