By Sacha Obaid
Undergoing plastic surgery is an important decision that requires thought and research. During your research, it’s likely that you will come across numerous plastic surgeons in your area. Choosing between surgeons can be as big a decision as undergoing surgery in the first place!
One of the most important things to look for in a surgeon is whether or not they are accredited by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). Combine these credentials with a facility accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF), and you can relax in a convenient location, knowing with certainty that you have chosen a great surgeon who has met stringent requirements to produce the best results.
Plastic Surgery Credentials
To practice on patients, plastic surgeons must be certified by the ABPS. These certified surgeons have been trained extensively in medical school and in the field of plastic surgery. The certification also means that your surgeon has completed at least five years of surgical training with an additional two years of plastic surgery training.
Choosing an ABPS-certified surgeon is key to getting the results you desire, but you may also wish to choose a surgeon with a center that has received accreditation by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF). This accreditation allows surgeons to offer basic plastic surgery procedures in their office environments instead of in hospitals. It means that you can undergo your desired procedure in the comfortable and familiar setting of your doctor’s office.
Advantages of AAAASF Accreditation
Obtaining AAAASF accreditation is a wonderful honor. This accreditation is only given to facilities that have gone above and beyond to meet both safety and sanitary standards. For you, it means that you won’t have the inconvenience of traveling to a hospital to undergo your plastic surgery. You can have your procedure completed in a familiar environment by a team of specialists whom you have grown to trust during your pre-operative appointments.
If you do not choose a surgeon whose office has obtained AAAASF accreditation, then you will have to travel to a local hospital on the day of your surgery. In the hospital setting you may interact with nurses and specialists whom you have never met before. If you’re feeling nervous about your surgery, calm your nerves by choosing a doctor who is ABPS certified with a facility that is AAAASF accredited.
Undergoing plastic surgery is an important decision. It can be a little bit daunting, but it can also be incredibly exciting. In order to keep yourself relaxed, choose a board-certified plastic surgeon, who has obtained ABPS certification and who can perform your surgery in a center with AAAASF accreditation. Doing this will ensure that you are in a comfortable, familiar environment on the day of your surgery.