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Choosing a Surgeon

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In order to end up with the attractive plastic surgery results you want and to ensure your safety, it's very important to choose your surgeon carefully. The decision is easier when you understand the terminology and know what to look for — a surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Surgery and American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and a member of both the American Society of Plastic Surgeons® (ASPS) and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Dr. Camille Cash wants you to be aware that although there are many doctors calling themselves cosmetic surgeons or plastic surgeons in Houston, not all are equally qualified.

Dr. Cash is a board-certified Houston plastic surgeon who is a member of ASPS and ASAPS. To learn more about her qualifications, request a consultation using her online form or call (713) 571-0600 to set up a visit.

Choosing a surgeon

Plastic Surgeon or Cosmetic Surgeon? There Is a Difference

It's important to understand the difference between the terms plastic surgeon and cosmetic surgeon when choosing a doctor to perform a procedure such as liposuction or breast augmentation. Any licensed physician who performs cosmetic surgery can legally claim to be a cosmetic surgeon. Throughout the U.S., there are dermatologists, dentists, gynecologists, and other types of physicians who perform cosmetic surgery. Most are not appropriately trained to do so.

To be qualified to call themselves plastic surgeons, physicians must have completed at least 2 years of residency training specifically in plastic surgery, which includes both cosmetic and reconstructive components. Board-certified plastic surgeons such as Dr. Cash are even more qualified, as they have made an even greater commitment to their plastic surgery training and surgical skills.

Board Certification — Make Sure It's the ABPS

Dr. Cash is certified by both the American Board of Surgery, which is for general surgery, and a more specialized board: The American Board of Plastic Surgery. A board-certified plastic surgeon is qualified to perform plastic surgery of the face, breasts, and body. Board certification with ABPS is a voluntary credential that a surgeon can earn after completing medical school and a surgical residency. The surgeon must:

  • Graduate from a 4-year accredited medical school
  • Complete at least 5 years of surgical training and experience, 2 of which must be in plastic surgery
  • Pass comprehensive examinations focused on plastic surgery
  • Renew certification every 10 years

Further Assurance — ASPS & ASAPS Membership

By choosing a surgeon who is a member the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, you can be confident that your surgeon is trained and experienced in plastic surgery and operates under guidelines of safety and ethics.

All ASPS members must meet the following rigorous requirements:

  • Be certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery for the U.S. or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • Have at least 6 years of surgical training and experience, with 3 years specifically in plastic surgery
  • Operate only in accredited surgical facilities
  • Fulfill continuing education requirements and adhere to a strict code of ethics

To be a member of ASAPS, a doctor's practice must focus on aesthetic surgery and meet the following requirements:

  • Be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery for the U.S. or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • Be in at least the third year of active practice following board certification
  • Participate in accredited continuing medical education in the field of cosmetic plastic surgery
  • Document the performance of a significant number and variety of cosmetic surgical cases each year
  • Adhere to ethical standards for professional conduct

When it comes to your appearance and well-being, it's important to avoid being enticed into choosing a surgeon who is not appropriately qualified by incentives such as cost savings.

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