Does a board certification matter for a mommy makeover?
It’s overwhelming for me to try to understand all the different certifications that seem to exist in the plastic surgery world. How important is it for me to narrow my search for a mommy makeover to only board certified doctors?
It has become purposefully confusing because cosmetic plastic surgery is a lucrative branch of plastic surgery so many are trying to get into the field through alternative approaches. I guess the best way to explain this without going into the extensive history and politics oif the topic is to give an analogy.
If you buy an expensive car, like a Mercedes, Audi, Porsche, etc, it is recommended that you have it serviced by the authorized dealer and that you use the certified factory parts. Why?, they are the ones who are most familiar with the car and take responsibility of doing the right thing at the right time.Does that mean that no one else can service these vehicles? The answer is "no". There may be mechanics who have as much or even more experience than the dealer but they are not authorized so you take you chances. The dealer will probably be the most expensive and you could save money going to someone else but you have to take into consideration the consequences. Do you really want to trust your $75,000 investment to someone who is not certified by the company?
There is only one certifying agency in the US for medical specialties (American Board of Medical Specialties) and they have recognized certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery as the only certified designation for plastic surgery. The American Board of Plastic Surgery requires a certain sequence and level of training after medical school and a written and an oral test must be passed in order to be certified. Part of the certification is a review of patients that you have operated on and random selection of certain patients that the plastic surgeon must formally present. It is a very extensive process. This produces plastic surgeons who have the highest qualifications in training and judgement on an official basis.
This does not mean that other doctors cannot be as good as these board certified plastic surgeons. There are many doctors who are not certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery who are excellent cosmetic surgeons. The problem is that you need to do your homework to find these doctors.
Since many of these doctors cannot be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery they have decided to form their own organizations and say that they are "certified" but the organizations are not recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.
So using our car analogy a group of mechanics could get together and start the "European Auto Group, (EAG)" and say they are certified by the European Auto Group. You would have to look up what that group represented. They may even start their own magazine and then run a contest that gives out awards. Like "best Mercedes service in X city" and low and behold European Auto Group gets the award. (the fine print reads that only mechanics who are not part of the Mercedes workforce are considered, and only mechanics who work for EAG are considered) So you think this place is great and has won awards for Mercedes service but when you dig into the truth all that stuff is manufactured.
So the bottom line is that you have to do your homework. Talk to the doctors you are considering, talk to other people, ask questions, ask for referrals, etc.
I hope this helps.
(Regarding a mommy makeover I would choose a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon but most importantly one who has extensive experience in Body contouring plastic surgery)
Look for board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, membership in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. These are the most important credentials that signal proper training, experience, and focus on cosmetic plastic surgery. The term "cosmetic surgery' is often used by non-board-certified people to claim equivalence to plastic surgery board certification. There are also other specialties like ENT, Ophthalmology, and Dermatology which engage in certain cosmetic procedures. Unfortunately, some of those doctors also attempt to do surgery outside the scope of their training and in such cases it may be hard to determine their competency at those procedures. For instance, an ENT who does liposuction of the abdomen is not necessarily breaking the law, but is certainly doing a procedure (s)he was not trained to do during ENT residency, and you should ask yourself if you think this is appropriate. Board certified plastic surgeons have trained in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the entire body.
I strongly advise you only look at board certified plastic surgeons. Lots of us have extensive experience at Mommy Makeover surgery.
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Yes, board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgereons DOES matter! Not just for mommy makeover, but for any type of plastic surgery you want. You can go to the website of the American Board of Plastic Surgeons website to make sure your doctor is there. It is worth checking. Best of luck!
Dr. Jonathan Heistein has 2 Mommy Makeover before & afters:
Absolutely! It is very important to make sure you go to someone who has been properly trained and has the certification of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. You can go to their website, www.abplsurg.org and you can check to see if your surgeon is certified.
Dr. Jonathan Heistein has 2 Mommy Makeover before & afters:
Yes, and not just any board Board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery is ABSOLUTELY essential. This is a real procedure with potentially awesome results, but also with real risks that have to be properly managed by the right surgeon wth the right training.
You can go to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons at
and search for Board Certified plastic surgeons in your area. Contact several and have a consultation to determine their level of expertise in the procedures they may recommend after consultation. Remember that a mommy makeover can be a combination of procedures designed to help you with your specific issues.
Board certified plastic surgeons have a code of ethics and undergo continuous education and testing requirements
Jack Peterson MD
Dr. Jack Peterson has 3 Mommy Makeover before & afters: