Undergoing a surgical procedure to improve your appearance is a big decision, and requires an experienced surgeon that you can trust. However, which type of surgeon should you seek out, a plastic surgeon or a cosmetic surgeon? Many people do not know the difference between the two, which is important in deciding on surgery.

Public Misconceptions

According to senior author Rod J. Rohrich, MD, of University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, a recent study has shown that the public is often confused about the differences between a plastic surgeon and a cosmetic surgeon.

During the study, researchers created an internet survey to measure public perceptions of cosmetic surgery. Out of the 5,135 people who completed the survey, 87% believed that surgeons must have special credentials and training to perform and advertise themselves as cosmetic or plastic surgeons. More than half were confused about the training needed to become board-certified.

In reality, surgeons are required to complete at least six years of residency training to be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Just one year is required to be certified by the America Board of Cosmetic Surgery.

The Importance of Board-Certification

With the demand for minimally invasive procedures and cosmetic procedures rising, more and more physicians are offering aesthetic surgery. This is great for board-certified surgeons; however, many unqualified physicians are now practicing cosmetic surgery with unsatisfactory results.

It is extremely important that you do your research before committing to a surgeon. Be sure that they are board-certified and experienced in the procedure you are interested in. ASPS has even created a campaign to help patients understand the importance of choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon.

If you are located in the Portland, OR area and are interested in learning about the procedures offered by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bohley, contact us today at 503-897-8999.