Myth 1 -Only plastic surgeons can legally perform plastic surgery.
No regulations govern what type of medical practitioner can perform plastic surgery procedures. So the best way to know your surgeon is qualified is to choose an ASPS Member Surgeon.
ASPS Member Surgeons:
- Are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery to perform plastic surgery of the face and all areas of the body
- Have at least six years of surgical training and experience, with a minimum of three years of plastic surgery
- Operate only in accredited facilities
- Fulfill continuing medical education requirements
Myth 2 –Plastic surgery procedures cost the same no matter who performs them or where they are performed.
There are many variables involved in the pricing of plastic surgery procedures – including geographic location, surgeon expertise and demand, and the time and effort your procedure requires. Other factors include the costs of anesthesia, surgical facility fee, labs, and more. Be sure to ask your surgeon about all costs involved.
When choosing a plastic surgeon, remember that the surgeon’s qualifications and experience as well as your comfort with him or her are just as important as the final cost of the surgery. Many plastic surgeons offer patient financing plans.
Myth 3-It is disrespectful to ask your plastic surgeon tough questions.
Asking tough questions is the best way to get to know your surgeon. It gives you the opportunity to learn about their qualifications, experience, and demeanor. Your questions let them know you’ve done your homework, want to be educated about your procedure, and will be an active partner throughout the process.
Myth 6 –Plastic surgeons only perform reconstructive surgery.
Plastic surgery encompasses both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. ASPS Member Surgeons are trained, experienced, and qualified to perform both cosmetic and reconstructive procedures on the face and all areas of the body. Because many cosmetic procedures are rooted in reconstructive plastic surgery, ASPS Member Surgeons are uniquely qualified to handle your cosmetic needs.