Board certification is an important indicator that your plastic surgeon has met rigorous education, training, and practice standards. However, many patients overlook whether or not the surgeon they’ve chosen is board certified or assume that all plastic surgeons hold this qualification. Simply put, you should always choose a board-certified plastic surgeon to receive the highest standard of care and expertise and to minimize your chances of complications.

How Do Plastic Surgeons Become Board Certified?

Doctors are certified through specialty boards, which are organizations that set standards for and certify doctors in their given medical specialty. The American Board of Plastic Surgery is one such board. To become board certified through the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a surgeon must complete training and education requirements including an approved residency program after completing medical school, then pass an examination. Board certification must be renewed every ten years to show that the plastic surgeon is keeping pace with new information and continuing their education throughout their career. In addition, board certification shows experience, because surgeons must practice for at least two years after completing their education before they can be certified. When researching doctors, be sure those you are considering are board-certified in plastic surgery, not dermatology, gynecology, etc.

Are all Plastic Surgeons Board Certified?

Contrary to popular belief, not all plastic surgeons are board-certified. In the United States, any licensed medical doctor can legally perform plastic surgery provided that they understand basic surgical techniques. However, these doctors likely lack an understanding of more complex considerations or techniques necessary to perform successful cosmetic procedures.

How Should I Choose a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon?

Once you have confirmed that a plastic surgeon is board-certified, you can move on to reviewing their before-and-after photos to see results they have achieved for previous patients. Reading reviews is another valuable resource giving you firsthand feedback from actual patients.

In recent years, it’s become more and more common for patients to choose a plastic surgeon who best suits their needs regardless of where they are located. Fly-In surgery is always an option, and one worth considering for a trustworthy, skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon. Patients come to Cruise Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach from all over the world, and many begin their journey by scheduling a virtual consultation with Dr. Cruise.

Is Dr. Cruise Board Certified?

Dr. Cruise is board certified in plastic surgery and he is an active member of many exclusive medical societies. This includes the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the Rhinoplasty Society, and the Orange County Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Cruise values providing the highest quality, safest, and most effective procedure available to each of his patients.

Schedule a Consultation

If you have more questions about Dr. Cruise’s expertise or want to learn more about a procedure of interest, schedule a consultation at Cruise Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, CA by calling (949) 446-1421 or filling out the online form. Or, use the Fast Track program to receive a recommended treatment plan and surgical quote by sending photos and information through their virtual consultation tool.