With more people flocking to destinations like South Korea for plastic surgery, it’s good to point out downside to destination medicine. No matter where you consider having elective surgery, your doctor should have the proper certification and experience necessary to perform a given procedure. Since technology is constantly changing, such official certification helps to ensure that doctors keep up with the latest skills, and that they’ll make the most of what they’re learning. You should expect your doctor to be more than just aware of, but positively fluent in, such recent and dramatic advances as computer imaging, twilight sleep, and small- incision techniques, and liposuction.
How do you know whether the doctor you’re considering has years of experience or, instead, got their cosmetic surgery training in a week-long crash course? To keep from making an unwise choice, you should consider the following:
- Your doctor should be board-certified. The most prestigious certification comes from the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), the official national examining board for professional plastic surgeons, whose members are qualified to perform reconstructive and plastic surgery, as well as aesthetic or cosmetic surgery.
- The anesthesiologist: any surgical procedure will require an anesthesiologist (an anesthesiologist is an M.D., whereas an anesthetist is not). Make sure that he or she is certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA).
- Your safety comes first, so before contemplating traveling out of the country for plastic surgery, make sure your surgeon has the professional qualifications.