There are many common plastic surgery myths on the internet. It is important for patients to have legitimate medical information when choosing to have any plastic surgery procedure.
Reality: Unfortunately, anyone with a valid medical license can call themselves a plastic surgeon, hang up a shingle and begin treating patients! So plastic surgery has become a "buyer beware" specialty.
Reality: Only the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) certifies that someone is fully trained in plastic surgery of the face and body. It takes from 6-9 years to achieve this training, and then you must pass a rigorous written and two-day oral exam.
Reality: It may be hard to believe, but anyone with a valid medical license can call themselves a plastic surgeon. The consumer must investigate carefully before he or she goes to see a physician.
Reality: Unless you are a board-certified plastic surgeon by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), you are not required to perform plastic surgery in an accredited facility. That may put you in harm's way if there's a problem.
Reality: Board-certified plastic surgeons prefer informed patients. Knowledge is power, and it's very important to make the right decisions. It will determine not only your outcome, but your safety as well. In general, an educated patient recovers better because there are no surprises and less anxiety about the procedure.