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The term “Cosmetic Doctor” refers to any licensed physician (MD or DO degree) or oral maxillofacial surgeon (DDS or DMD degree) who claims to have specialized training and/or experience in cosmetic medicine, and a proficiency in performing cosmetic procedures.
Several different types of doctors perform cosmetic procedures, each with different training, experience, and credentials. “Core” cosmetic physician specialties, which include Plastic Surgeons, ENT/Otolaryngologists, Dermatologists, and Ophthalmologists, are those specialties which are widely recognized as having the requisite training, certification, and experience associated with performing cosmetic procedures. Although the core specialties account for the majority of cosmetic procedures performed, cosmetic medicine is no longer limited to just core physicians. Other specialties, including, family practice, internal medicine, anesthesia, obstetrics/gynecology, and others, now perform cosmetic procedures as well.
The term “Board-Certified” refers to doctors who are certified by one of the 24 Member Boards recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (www.abms.org), an organization formed in 1933 and is widely recognized as the gold standard in establishing standards for recognizing medical specialists. The 24 Member Boards recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties are:
Doctors who perform cosmetic procedures may be credentialed and/or certified by various cosmetic medicine organizations that are not Members of the American Board of Medical Specialties.
Zwivel provides the following categories of cosmetic doctors to search from when deciding who will receive a Request:
Disclaimer: Cosmetic doctors listed in the Zwivel database are categorized according to information provided to Zwivel by the doctors, themselves, as well as from information gathered through Internet searches when no other information was provided. Although Zwivel attempts to verify that the cosmetic doctors listed in our database are categorized correctly, Zwivel makes no assurances that this is always the case. Furthermore, credentials and certifications listed for Zwivel member doctors are based upon information provided by the doctors. Zwivel makes no claims or guarantees about the veracity of such certifications, nor about the expertise or proficiency that such certifications may signify in performing osmetic procedures. It is the responsibility of the patient to verify the credentials, qualifications, and expertise of each cosmetic doctor to whom a Request is sent and with whom a cosmetic procedure is contemplated.