You may be surprised to know that not every cosmetic surgery provider is a board-certified plastic surgeon. Sometimes, a general surgeon or a specialist (e.g., a dermatologist) will call himself or herself a plastic surgeon but not actually have any plastic surgery training. That is why it is important to find a trained, experienced and reliable plastic surgeon to perform your liposuction procedure. How do you do that? Keep reading to find out.

How to Find a Reliable Liposuction Plastic Surgeon

The first thing that you should look for when finding a plastic surgeon to perform your liposuction surgery is board certification. Make sure that your cosmetic surgery provider is certified as a plastic surgeon by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS).

As Dr. Michael Bohley, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Portland, can attest to, earning certification from ABPS is no easy feat. To earn board certification, a plastic surgeon must have at least five years of general surgery training, including at least two years of training in plastic surgery. Board-certified plastic surgeons must also adhere to the strict operating and ethical guidelines set forth by ABPS. That is why you can be assured that a board-certified plastic surgeon is well-trained and trustworthy.

Next, ask your board-certified plastic surgeon if he or she has hospital privileges. Having hospital privileges ensures that a hospital committee comprised of leading medical professionals has reviewed and approved the plastic surgeon’s education, skill level and track record. One note of caution: Make sure that your plastic surgeon has hospital privileges for liposuction (or whatever other plastic surgery procedures you may be pursuing). For instance, you do not necessarily want a plastic surgeon who has hospital privileges for hand surgery.

Lastly, find a liposuction plastic surgeon who has a high patient-satisfaction rate. How do you find out if the plastic surgeon has happy, satisfied patients? Ask to see his or her patient testimonials and before-and-after photos. That way, you can read what other patients have to say about your plastic surgeon, as well as see what your liposuction results may look like.

To schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Bohley to learn more about liposuction surgery, please contact Dr. Bohley cosmetic surgery by calling (503) 253-3458 today.