The Importance of Choosing a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Interested in a plastic surgery procedure? Here is some information about the importance of choosing a board-certified surgeon, what that means, and how you can find the best board-certified plastic surgeon for your needs. Dr. Deutsch, one of the top plastic surgeons in Atlanta, can meet your needs and give you the results you have been dreaming of. 

Misconceptions about Cosmetic Surgeons

    • As someone who is seeking out a cosmetic surgery procedure, you would think that a cosmetic surgeon would only achieve that title if they had the proper training. However, that is not always the case. In fact, any licensed physician can call themselves a cosmetic surgeon. This proves dangerous because a doctor could be trained in a completely different field and not know all the operating and safety procedures that board-certified plastic surgeons must learn. It is essential to find a board-certified doctor who can perform at the highest level of skill and safety to ensure you get the results you want. The end of this article has a few tips on how to find a doctor that is right for you. Our very own Dr. Deutsch is a double board-certified plastic surgeon in Atlanta. This means he has been certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of General Surgery. He has been held to the highest standards of the medical industry to achieve these certifications, and he continues to hold himself to the highest standard in his practice. Reach out for a consultation if Dr. Duetsch could be right for your reconstructive procedure. 

Potential Complications and Risks of Non-certified Surgeons 

    • Choosing a surgeon without proper research does pose several risks. If you chose a non-board certified surgeon they may not have completed the plastic surgery residency. You are trusting that they have competent skills, but the ABPS has no regulation on their exams and training. Physicians can perform surgery with minimal training and no board certification. Board-certified plastic surgeons must undergo rigorous and standardized training, ensuring that they have the skills to perform the procedures and deserve a patient’s trust. With any procedure, there are risks, no matter who your surgeon is. However, having a qualified professional that has gone through the ABPS standards to get board certified minimizes the risk of complications that result from a lack of skill. If you are going to trust your appearance to someone, especially your face and other sensitive or defining features, make sure it is a qualified individual whom you trust.

How can non-certified physicians perform cosmetic surgery?

    • In 48 states, physicians are able to practice and perform surgery without being board certified. A physician must hold a medical license that allows them to practice. Just because a physician is not board-certified does not necessarily mean they are not a qualified surgeon. They could be specialized in particular plastic surgery such as head and neck, hand or eyes. It is crucial to do your research and be honest with your doctor about expectations and their background. If at any point you feel uncomfortable with your surgeon’s abilities it is time to find a new surgeon. 

How to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon

    • So now you know that picking a certified surgeon is vital for a successful procedure; now, it is time to figure out how to choose the right board-certified plastic surgeon in Atlanta for you! Thankfully there is a handy tool that you can use to check to see if your surgeon is board certified. Visit the American Board of Plastic Surgeons online certification verification tool. You can simply input your doctor’s name or search by your location to find your doctor. Another great resource is This site can be used for all specialties and outlines the importance of relying on board-certified doctors for all your health needs. On that site use this link to use their verification tool with a simple search. If you are looking for plastic surgeons in Atlanta, read reviews and do your research. Once you know a surgeon is board-certified, make sure they are a good match for you and your needs. Browse the practices reviews, before and after pictures, and see if there are first-hand accounts that you can rely on to make an educated decision. Next, set up a consultation and see if you like the surgeon in-person and can trust them with your surgery. Ask all the questions you have and feel free to inquire about their experience and training. Choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon in Atlanta can be daunting but hopefully, now you have the information and the tools you need to make a choice that is right for you. Perimeter Plastic Surgery in Atlanta has an amazing team and cannot wait to help you reach your goals – whatever they may be. Virtual consultations are available!

Other questions to ask your doctor

    • An important but often overlooked question to ask your doctor is if they have hospital privileges. If you experience a complication and have to be admitted to a hospital, your doctor must have board certification in that area to obtain hospital privileges. This means if your doctor is not board certified in plastic or cosmetic surgery, and there is a complication they cannot continue to treat you while you are in the hospital. 

Training to become a board-certified plastic surgeon

Below is some information about the training required to be certified by the American Board or Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. What board your doctor is certified under is a good question to ask and having a background on what training that requires can give you peace of mind knowing that you are in well-trained hands. 

American Board of Plastic Surgery Goals:

  • ABPS board certification has been mentioned a lot. So, what is the ABPS and what are their goals? The American Board of Plastic Surgery exists primarily to ensure that the surgeons that are being trained are prepared to practice safe and ethical procedures. ABPS exists within a network of 24 medical specialty boards that make up the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). They are held to a higher standard and must represent the practice with quality work and extensive proven knowledge. 
  • ABPS training info 
    • You may be wondering what this extensive training entails if it is so important. ABPS certification is voluntary and surgeons who seek the certification must meet the following requirements: 
  1. The candidate must have graduated from an accredited medical school  
  2. They must complete at least 6 years of training as a resident surgeon in a program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (
  3. The training program they complete must cover all areas of surgery. With at least 3 years devoted entirely to plastic surgery. 

This is not a small accomplishment. These surgeons have dedicated 10 or more years of their life to learning, training, and practicing to be successful surgeons. Settling for a surgeon who has not met these standards is a sacrifice of quality preparation and could be a risk. Plastic surgery covers a wide scope of procedures on different parts of the body. Atlanta plastic surgeon Dr. Mark Deutsch has been board certified by the ABPS and the American Board of General Surgery. He is an experienced and reliable surgeon that has trained extensively in the field. He performs numerous plastic surgery procedures and has outstanding results

American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS) Goals and training:

    • Similar to the ABPS the ABCS is dedicated to upholding the highest standards for the future of the industry. The ABCS is dedicated solely to cosmetic surgery. In order to be certified by the ABCS a physician must meet the following requirements: 
  1. Complete 1-2 certified fellowship that focuses on cosmetic surgery and patient care.
  2. The surgeon must have completed 300 or more individual cosmetic surgery procedures of the face, breast, and body.
  3. They must complete additional extensive training in non-surgical cosmetic procedures, including Botox & fillers, laser resurfacing, and skincare.

Board certification is clearly not an easy path so choosing a qualified doctor that has been extensively trained in the area that you are interested in is very important.