Finding A Plastic Surgeon In Florida: Why It’s Critical To Choose A Board Certified Surgeon

by | Aug 20, 2020 | Plastic Surgery

Today’s technology has evolved to the point where plastic surgeons throughout the country can perform procedures without putting the patient’s health or life in danger: patients leave the operating room happy and satisfied with the achieved results. However, a successful procedure does not depend solely on technology. We have seen countless examples of patients who were pleased with their treatment results and recommended cosmetic procedures to their friends and family. At the same time, images of botched plastic surgery procedures are still discouraging patients from researching cosmetic treatments. The truth is, technology can be useful only when combined with excellent medical credentials, experience, and trust. In this article, we’re discussing how choosing a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon can be the difference between a beloved treatment and a horrible experience!

Most patients ignore the fact that it’s legal for any physician to perform cosmetic procedures, which means physicians with other specialties can perform cosmetic procedures after a few weeks of training and call themselves plastic surgeons. This is a dangerous trend, and it is alarming Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons nationwide since these physicians do not possess the skills, background, and experience necessary for a successful procedure.

Here at the Vinyard Institute of Plastic Surgery, our medical team values the patient’s safety and happiness more than anything else. Are you thinking about undergoing a cosmetic procedure, but are unsure how to proceed? Schedule your free consultation with Dr. Vinyard at our office in Port St. Lucie, FL, to learn more about Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons!

#1  Is there a difference between a Cosmetic Surgeon and a Plastic Surgeon?

While any physician can legally perform cosmetic procedures, not all physicians receive the same training and experience. Many doctors perform after brief training courses unrelated to their field of interest. The training and experience level possessed by these doctors is significantly lower than that which the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) requires to certify a plastic surgeon.

Doctors who want to become top-tier plastic surgeons must receive certification from the ABPS, which is the only medical board approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) for certifying plastic surgeons. This involves more than a decade of specialized medical training, including medical school, under the direct supervision of other Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons. Doctors have to graduate from an accredited medical institution and pass rigorous examinations before receiving the ABPS-board certification.

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Patients must take these factors into consideration seriously and value safety more than pricing if they want to undergo a truly successful procedure. Entrusting yourself into the hands of a doctor who is not ABPS-certified significantly increases the chance of complications or a poor outcome. Make sure you choose a plastic surgeon recognized by the medical community. You can be sure that Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons receive years of specific training to help you achieve your cosmetic goals.

#2: Continuous training.

 Cosmetic medicine is a constantly-evolving science, with new research and technology increasing effectiveness and patient safety every day. To keep up with these advancements, ABPS requires Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons to participate in the Maintenance of Certification Program throughout their careers, attending different seminars and presentations to further specialize in research and plastic surgery safety. During a consecutive three-year period, Board-Certified Surgeons must earn at least 150 credits of Continuing Medical Education (CME). At least 50 of those hours must apply to the practice of plastic surgery.         

Aside from continuous education, dedicated plastic surgeons pursue advanced training opportunities in the latest procedure options and surgical techniques to further improve their expertise. We recommend that our patients research the plastic surgeon’s record or website, paying attention to these specific factors: training courses, memberships in cosmetic surgery societies, certifications, publications, presentations on cosmetic surgery topics, positions held on medical state boards, etc. Plastic surgeons must meet these criteria to maintain their status.

Always look for ‘education’ and ‘experience’ in a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon!

#3: Look for results: before and after photos and reviews.

Finding the most suitable plastic surgeon for you is not only a matter of training and credentials but a matter of practice as well. To make sure that a plastic surgeon is ready to deliver your desired results, patients must attentively examine signs of continuous activity: before and after photos and reviews.           


A photo gallery is the first sign of a plastic surgeon’s capabilities. Plastic surgeons who value their work and are keen to show proof of their expertise will always provide an extensive gallery of before and after photos for patients who are researching factors such as age, body type, and skin type before surgery. This way, patients can ascertain if a plastic surgeon can deliver their desired results or not.    

Patient reviews provide more invaluable resources for an informed decision. Reviews help you find out if the majority of patients are happy with their results, as well as gain insight into the practice, culture, and patient experience. A plastic surgeon with an impressive number of positive reviews is a trustworthy surgeon.

#4: Trust your instincts!

Before choosing a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, patients must ask themselves: Am I comfortable with the cosmetic surgeon and their medical staff? Do they understand my concerns? Can I trust my plastic surgeon? The relationship between patient and surgeon is a personal one, based on complete trust and understanding. Patients must be 100% at ease sharing their concerns, disclosing medical history, and asking questions.


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Choosing the right plastic surgeon for you is a matter of instinct; if the surgeon is not trustworthy and respectful enough, or if something does not feel right, don’t follow through with that particular surgeon! Remember that the patient’s needs are essential and that you deserve to find the right plastic surgeon.

Choosing a plastic surgeon comes down to qualifications, safety standards, experience, reputation, and trust level with the surgeon and staff. Cosmetic procedures are a personal experience essential to the patient’s self-confidence and well-being. Choose a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon who is respectful, understands the patient’s privacy, and dedicates enough time to address your needs and concerns.

Here at our Port St. Lucie, FL office, we pride ourselves on delivering stunning results while ensuring that every patient feels as though they are a VIP. If you’re considering taking the next step towards your dream procedure, Dr. Vinyard is ready to help you achieve the astonishing results you deserve!

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