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Importance of Choosing a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Whether you are considering cosmetic or reconstructive plastic surgery, there are many important decisions to be made.

The most crucial is choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon who has the training, skills and experience to carry out the desired procedure in a safe and efficient manner.

Not taking the time to carefully research and ensure you are working with a highly qualified plastic surgeon can have many unfortunate consequences including:

  • Undesirable surgical results
  • Surgical complications
  • Higher long-term costs

Importance of Choosing a Certified Plastic Surgeon

Prospective plastic surgery clients must take the time to research and carefully evaluate the surgeons they opt to work with. This is important for many reasons including:

1. Expertise in Facial & Body Procedures

Plastic surgeons are experts in both facial and body procedures. Board-certified surgeons complete a minimum of 5 years of surgical training after medical school. This in-depth training encompasses surgical procedures of the face and entire body.


2. Emergency Care

Plastic surgeons are trained to prevent, and if necessary, handle emergencies. A comprehensive education, including a sound foundation in anatomy and physiology, provides surgeons with an understanding of all body systems, which is vital to patient safety.


3. Excellent Results

The extensive training plastic surgeons receive develop their technical skill and aesthetic judgment. Additionally, the continuous attention to form provides these surgeons with a finely tuned sense of aesthetics - critical to the success of any cosmetic surgery where judgments of balance and proportion are needed.


How to Choose the Right Plastic Surgeon

Choosing a surgeon who has the appropriate training and skills for the plastic surgery you want is key to getting satisfactory aesthetic results.

Here are three factors you MUST consider before deciding whether or not to work with a particular plastic surgeon:


Any plastic surgeon you consider should be a member of the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgery.

This guarantees that they have the appropriate training and meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of a minimum of 5 years training in plastic surgery
  • Passed the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Certification Exam
  • Specifically qualified to practice reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery

In addition, because board-certified plastic surgeons are required to continue their education, you can rest assured that your doctor will always be working with the most up-to-date information and techniques regarding the procedure you want.


Because each area of cosmetic surgery requires different skills, it is important to find a plastic surgeon with experience in the procedure you want.

Key questions to ask include:

  • How long have you trained in this specific cosmetic procedure?
  • How many times have you performed this surgery?
  • How long have you been performing this procedure?

Whatever plastic surgery you opt for, you can be sure it will be an intensive procedure requiring a significant recovery period.

You will be spending a lot of time with your plastic surgeon before and after the surgery so it’s important to find a doctor who you:

  • Feel comfortable disclosing your medical history and habits to
  • Trust to give you the safest and best surgical recommendations
  • Enjoy spending time with

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To learn more about the plastic surgery treatments provided at our Kelowna clinic, contact our office today at 250-868-9099.

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