Why Board Certification?
It is an unfortunate fact that many physicians without board certification in plastic surgery perform plastic surgery procedures. Only a board-certified plastic surgeon has undergone extensive training (beyond the basic surgical skills learned in a standard medical degree) in plastic surgery and reconstructive surgery.
People considering a cosmetic procedure should fully evaluate the credentials of any medical professional offering to perform plastic surgery procedures. The procedure will impact your face or body for years, or a lifetime, and it is simply not worth the risk of having such a surgery from a less-trained, less experienced doctor.