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How to Choose a Trustworthy Plastic Surgeon

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Once you’ve decided to undergo cosmetic surgery, your next – and most — important decision is selecting a surgeon you can trust. It’s imperative to make sure than any plastic surgeon you consider is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, which is the only plastic surgery board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. The ABPS certification assures that a surgeon has completed rigorous training of at least six years following medical school with a minimum of three years of plastic surgery residency training. The certification also ensures that the surgery will be performed in accredited, state-licensed…

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Who should perform cosmetic surgeries and who is allowed are not always the same

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While demand increases each year for elective plastic surgery, regulatory oversight of who can perform popular cosmetic surgeries has changed little over the decades. In most states, including Texas, it is legal for any physician who holds a medical license to legally do any procedure. That means doctors in any specialty area and whose training typically ranges from a one-year fellowship to a weekend course can represent themselves as cosmetic surgeons. The practice has become known as “physician drift”. Researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine recently studied how physicians portrayed themselves on Instagram while advertising for business. They…

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Understanding reconstruction rights following a mastectomy

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For 20 years, the U.S. Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act has required that providers insure breast reconstruction for women who have undergone a mastectomy. Signed into law in October of 1998, the act represented a paradigm switch in the availability of breast reconstruction for cancer survivors. The law requires that group and individual health plans must provide insurance coverage after mastectomy, regardless of diagnosis. It also assures that surgery is covered for all stages of cancer. And it covers patients who need surgery on the unaffected breast to produce a symmetrical appearance. Because of the law, reconstruction has become…

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Check Your Surgeon’s Credentials Before Any Procedure

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People can mistakenly think that plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery are the same thing. But there are vital differences in the experience, expertise and credentialing ofphysicians allowed to perform plastic surgery and those who do cosmetic work. Plastic surgery has its roots in the reconstruction of the body, necessary due to major trauma, disease or deformity. Today, an important aspect of plastic surgery reconstruction is an increasing desire for aesthetic change. As this interest continues to grow, patients need to understand the expertise of their surgeon. To qualify as a plastic surgeon, a medical doctor who has graduated from an…

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Welcome to our new Dallas Society of Plastic Surgeons’ website!

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You will find our new website to be a helpful resource for choosing a highly qualified Dallas plastic surgeon. All of the members of the Dallas Society of Plastic Surgeons are board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Your cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery results depend on the training and experience of your doctor. Be sure to ask if your cosmetic surgeon is board certified in plastic surgery. Many doctors are performing cosmetic surgery but not all of them are plastic surgeons. Board certification in plastic surgery goes beyond general surgery education or brief courses to learn cosmetic…

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