When shopping for a surgeon to perform your procedure of choice, you’ll want to ensure that any doctor you consult with has been board certified. The American Board of Plastic Surgery is the only board recognized by the American Medical Association for cosmetic surgery on the face and body. Be sure to ask your physician of choice about his credentials, then verify board certification by contacting the American Board of Medical Specialties (www.abms.org) or your state’s board of medical examiners. All surgeons who are members of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (www.surgery.org) have also been certified by the ABPS, so visiting their site might be a good place to begin, as well.
You should also make sure your surgery will be performed in a licensed and accredited facility. Most plastic surgeries are performed in outpatient, office-based or freestanding ambulatory centers, so it’s important to make sure the facility has been state licensed and properly credentialed. Call your state’s department of health and check with the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities (http://www.aaaasf.org/).