Welcome to Part 3 of my feature article that highlights issues with tertiary surgery specialists performing surgeries that they otherwise should not.(Read part 2 here) Previously we discussed board certifications, disagreements across specialties and many other topics. This NY Times article has raised some eyebrows, and I thought it was very important to discuss some of these issues in a 3 Part Series with one of the best Houston Plastic Surgeons. So, in response to the article, Ear Doctors Performing Face-Lifts? It Happens (NY Times in January), I offer the following insight in Part 3 where we pickup with some additional comments on plastic surgery board certifications and what they actually mean.
The certifying board also requires prerequisite certification by one or both of the ABMS boards addressing the specialty: the American Board of Otolaryngology and/or the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Diplomates of the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery must successfully complete a further two-day psychometrically validated written and oral examination and complete peer review of one- hundred cases over a period of two years.
Certificates issued by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 2001 and thereafter are valid for ten (10) years. Thereafter, diplomates must participate in Maintenance of Certification in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®.
Getting Back to My Position, My Suggestions and Recommendations
As a plastic surgeon in Houston, and also works extensively helping patients with facelifts in Houston and in the region, I offer the following explanation and suggestions to help the public and anyone who is considering cosmetic surgery in Houston, and just about anywhere else in the nation.
It is my opinion, specialists should not partake in professional activities outside of their respective fields. For example, a pediatric anesthesiologists are not skilled at treating adults, as this is not their field of work.. Just like a nurse should not really be giving out botox (that is another matter). Make sure when you are getting botox injections you are getting them from a specialist, one that has experience with facelifts in Houston, and they can point you in the right direction. Getting back to the point. If a physician is giving you a treatment of or procedure outside of their training and specialisation, it is very wrong and you could be in a very dangerous situation. This is like a mechanic giving you extremely important financial planning advice for your family, when your life is at risk.
However, in the case where a doctor is looking for certification, they can turn to two organisations. Examinations and certifications can be acquired from The ABO and the ABPS. A specialist can also acquire an additional certification facial plastic surgery of the head and neck from the ABPS..
Summing Up and Making Sense of All This.
When it comes down to making the right decision for yourself, it is a personal choice. The only real way you can do that is to talk to a number of physicians in your region. Background checks are always the best way to go. All good doctors will have a very professional looking website, and they will have a full list of their training, accreditations and professional history. Knowing their background is key. In this part of the world, there are several highly skilled physicians who practice facelifts in Houston, and a full range of specialist cosmetic surgery in Houston.