Facial plastic surgery, by its nature, uses complex techniques to address aesthetic concerns women and men have about their appearance. Unlike body contouring or breast enhancement procedures, you can’t hide or cover up the results of facial plastic surgery if they don’t match your expectations.
That’s why it’s essential to choose a plastic surgeon who specializes in facial plastic surgery and is certified by both the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS) and the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
What Is a Board-Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon?
Why does board certification matter? A double board-certified facial plastic surgeon devotes years of extensive training focused exclusively on procedures of the face, head, and neck and has detailed knowledge of complex facial anatomy. This specialized knowledge equips them with a deep understanding of facial anatomical proportions and the intricacies of various cosmetic and reconstructive techniques.
To earn certification from the ABFPRS, a surgeon must:
- Complete an approved residency in 1 of the 2 surgical specialties that include identifiable training in all aspects of facial plastic surgery
- Successfully complete a rigorous 2-day exam
- Submit for peer review an acceptable record of at least 2 years of clinical experience, including operative reports of a minimum of 100 facial plastic surgeries
- Be appropriately licensed and subscribe to the ABFPRS Code of Ethics
Additionally, board-certified facial plastic surgeons hold themselves to a higher standard, which includes staying at the forefront of advanced techniques and knowledge of a dynamic field that constantly evolves. The certification process involves ongoing education and assessments, a testament to a surgeon’s dedication to providing patients with the best possible care.
Before and After Facial Plastic Surgery
How To Choose a Facial Plastic Surgeon
Board certification is considered a benchmark of excellence but not the only one. Experience matters, too. A plastic surgeon who also performs body contouring and breast enhancement procedures may rarely perform facelifts or eyelid surgery. Facial plastic surgeons devote their entire practice to these types of procedures.
During my career, I’ve performed more than 7,000 facial rejuvenation procedures, including more than 4,000 facelifts. (You can read more about some of my facial rejuvenation procedures in a previous blog post.) I’ve also developed my signature Reflection Lift, which involves customizing surgical plans to address several specific concerns during a single procedure.
Besides asking a surgeon how often they perform the surgery you’re considering, you can check with trusted friends and your primary care physician for recommendations.
Start With a Consultation
Ultimately, facial plastic surgery aims to achieve results that not only meet but exceed patient expectations. As a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, I have honest, open discussions with patients about their facial concerns and ensure they make informed decisions and have realistic expectations.