Patients seeking cosmetic surgery from a plastic surgeon should realize that many other types of licensed physicians perform cosmetic procedures, even surgical procedures. In addition to reputation and recommendations from your trusted physicians, you may want to confirm that the doctor you plan to see is board certified in plastic surgery.
The American Board of Medical Specialties (http://www.abms.org/
) is our nation's most respected and established organization that oversees board certification. It only approves 24 medical specialty boards. There are hundreds of additional organizations that issue "board certifications" without meeting to high standards of the ABMS. Patients can check their prospective doctor on the ABMS website.
Any doctor who has graduated from medical school, fulfilled residency requirements, and has been licensed by the state in which he or she practices, can set up an office and practice medicine, even in a specialty for which he or she has not trained, Dr. Weiss said. An ABMS Member Board certified doctor has participated in a voluntary training and assessment process that demonstrates knowledge and skill in their chosen specialty/subspecialty beyond the basic licensing requirements.
Sutton Graham, MD, FACS in certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the only board granting unrestricted certification for cosmetic surgery (face, breast & body). He is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (http://www.plasticsurgery.org/
), the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (http://www.surgery.org/
) , and he earned a Certificate in Advanced Education in Cosmetic Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (http://www.facs.org/
Dr. Graham has over 19 years of experience in plastic surgery, practicing in Greenville, SC. He serves patients from throughout Upstate and central South Carolina, Western North Carolina, and NE Georgia. Occasionally, patients come from a distance. We specialize in aesthetic / cosmetic surgery of the face, breast & body.
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