Importance of Board Certification for Plastic Surgery Procedures

In today’s market, there are many different types of physicians performing cosmetic surgery. In Michigan, there is, unfortunately, no law that states that the procedures performed in an outpatient facility or office need to be performed by a physician who is board certified in that specialty.

In cosmetic surgery, in particular, several different types of doctors can perform these procedures. Dermatologists, gynecologists, family practitioners, emergency room physicians, and internists all perform these procedures in this area, and unfortunately, none of them have had a true residency program in plastic surgery. Read on to learn about the importance of board certification for surgical and non-surgical procedures as explained by Dr. William Sabbagh.


Board-certified plastic surgeons have undergone extensive training and a two to three-year residency program specializing in plastic surgery of the face and body. Ear, Nose, and Throat Surgeons do have a certificate of added qualification, which means they do have training and specialization in facial plastic surgery. However, plastic surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery are the only physicians who have been specifically trained in plastic and cosmetic surgery of the face and entire body.

Hospital Use

This doesn’t necessarily mean that the particular surgeon that you’re choosing is technically better than, let’s say, an Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon or an Oral Surgeon in doing some facial procedures. However, when a physician is board certified, he has privileges at a hospital to deal with any complications that occur. Although complications are rare, they do happen. If you are going to an outpatient facility or a doctor’s office and you are seen by a dermatologist or an ophthalmologist, for instance, who has for whatever reason performed a procedure on you and a complication occurs, they may not have access to a hospital.

There is no board of cosmetic surgery that is recognized by the American College of Graduate Medical Education, which is the governing body of all medical specialty boards in the country. The board of cosmetic surgery is not a recognized board. It is important to understand which boards are reliable. For instance, if you had a breast augmentation by an Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon and you happen to have a complication that required care in the hospital, that surgeon could not do so because the hospital requires board certification.

Choosing a Surgeon

Board-certified plastic surgeons have been trained well, trained how to perform procedures well, and trained how to deal with complications. They have the ability to deal with any complication that occurs in the face or the body in their operating room, in their office or in the hospital. In general, when you’re researching a procedure, you’d be best to look for a surgeon who is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. By doing that, you can at least assure yourself that this person has been well trained in both the surgical procedures and dealing with any problems that may arise.

Patients across the Metro-Detroit area trust Board-Certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Sabbagh, to perform a variety of procedures with quality results. Feel free to contact us today with any questions at 248-270-5272.

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