Why Choose a Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon?
If you are considering having cosmetic procedures performed on your face, is your doctor double board certified in Facial Plastic, Reconstructive, and Head and Neck Surgery? If not, it may be time to change your doctor. What many people looking to undergo plastic surgery are unaware of is that any licensed medical doctor, regardless of training, can legally perform plastic surgery and advertise themselves as a cosmetic surgeon. Board certification is one significantly overlooked aspect and an integral part of choosing the right plastic surgeon, and is one of the most important qualifications patients should look for when beginning their search for a surgeon. The changes you are making to your face may be permanent procedures so you better make sure you're getting an educated and trained individual.
What does board certified in Facial Plastic Surgery mean?
Becoming board certified in Facial Plastic Surgery means the surgeon not only completed their residency training and became board certified in head and neck surgery but also went on to complete an approved fellowship in Facial Plastic Surgery. In addition, that surgeon then took and passed a written qualifying examination as well as an oral certifying examination to further their expertise and knowledge in the highly specialized field of Facial Plastic Surgery.
As stated by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, this is done to "...improve the quality of medical and surgical treatment available to the public by examining for professional expertise in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. To carry out this mission, the Board has established a mechanism for the education, qualification, training, review, and certification of surgeons specializing in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery." (abfprs.org)
In addition to these qualifications, as part of continued board certification, the surgeon is required to maintain their certification by completing board-approved continuing medical education credits annually. This entails attending meetings, reading current literature, and taking exams to stay abreast of the most up-to-date treatments and techniques.
Who determines the criteria for board certification?
There are a handful of American Boards that certify qualified individuals in multiple areas of medical specialties. One of which is the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, in which Dr. Jason Champagne is certified. The second, making him double board certified, is the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery through which he also completed both a written and oral exam.
Not only has Dr. Champagne received merits and board certification in two surgical specialties, but he has also led the industry in technique and expertise in many different procedures.
So remember, while you're researching facial plastic surgeons and procedures that may help you with your facial aesthetics in hopes to enhance your facial symmetry and your confidence, be sure to make sure your doctor, like Dr. Jason Champagne, has a board or double board certification so you can make an informed decision and find the best possible surgeon for what you're looking to achieve.
Please contact our office to schedule a personalized, confidential consultation with our facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Jason Champagne, where he will address your goals and answer any questions you may have regarding any of the procedures in which Dr. Champagne is expertly qualified.