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Why Your Plastic Surgeon Needs to Be Board Certified

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We often see the term "board certified" thrown around, but what exactly does it mean? Why is it important that your plastic surgeon be board certified? Here is why it is critical to ensure that your plastic surgeon is board certified.


Have you been considering cosmetic plastic surgery? For many people, plastic surgery is an option to help boost their self-esteem, eliminate pain, or improve their quality of life. When performed by an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon, plastic surgery can lead to life-changing results. To ensure that your surgery is done properly, you must find the right plastic surgeon for your needs.

Some qualities that you should look for in every plastic surgeon include:

  • Strong testimonials from previous patients
  • Exhaustive background with the type of procedure you are considering
  • Enthusiasm to discuss all possible options, risk factors, and potential outcomes
  • A professional, understanding demeanour

However, it is most important of all that your plastic surgeon of choice be board certified.
 

Our Board Certified Plastic Surgeons Can Help You Achieve Your Aesthetic Goals

At our Kelowna clinic, Dr. Peterson and our team of board-certified plastic surgeons have the experience, training, and credentials to execute a wide array of plastic surgery options to help you reach all of your aesthetic goals.

If you are looking for a simple facial rejuvenation, breast enhancement, or body contouring, our team can create a unique plan to help you achieve the best possible results.

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What Does It Mean to Be Board Certified?

Upon completing schooling and residency, doctors, surgeons, and other medical professionals can become licensed to practice medicine in their given province and country. To go above the bare minimum standards, many choose to become certified by a board, adding another qualification to their repertoire.

When a medical professional receives board certification, it means they have undergone the necessary tests, examinations, and other requirements to show that they have the knowledge and skills to be considered masters of their craft. Additionally, many boards require ongoing testing to ensure that they continue to stay up-to-date in their field and provide a high quality of care to their patients.
 

What Boards are Out There?

There are many boards that provide certifications for their members. Each board specializes in a specific field, geographic area, or prestige. Some of the most relevant boards in Canada include:

LEARN MORE ABOUT EACH OF THESE BOARDS
 

Why Is It Important That My Plastic Surgeon Be Board Certified?

When a plastic surgeon has board certification, you can feel comfortable knowing that your procedure is in good hands. However, what truly are the differences between a board-certified surgeon and one who is not?

The term "board certified" means that the plastic surgeon:

  • Received a licensed medical degree from a reputable institution
  • Adheres to a rigorous code of ethics and regulations that is set by the governing board
  • Has passed the detailed tests, examinations, and board scrutiny
  • Has completed the mandatory training in addition to residency and education
  • Has knowledge and experience in a wide array of plastic surgery procedures
     

What About Dr. Peterson?

Dr. Brian D. Peterson is a plastic surgeon who has over three decades of professional medical experience. Dr. Peterson attended the University of Saskatchewan, where he gained his Bachelor of Science, and graduated with distinction as a Doctor of Medicine. Since then, he has completed internships and residencies at the Royal Columbian Hospital and the University of British Columbia. After completing his training within the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, he engaged in additional advanced fellowship training in the United States.

Dr. Peterson possesses certifications from numerous boards and organizations in Canada, British Columbia, and the United States:

  • Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Canadian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
     

DR. BRIAN PETERSON BSC, MD, FRSC, FACS
 

Want to Learn More?

If you are looking for more information on plastic or cosmetic surgery, or you would like to learn more about the credentials of Dr. Peterson or one of our plastic surgeons, contact us at 250-868-9799 or book a consultation online.


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