FAQs

Plastic Surgery and Choosing A Plastic Surgeon

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Why choose a Plastic Surgeon and not just a Cosmetic Surgeon?
FAQ Pic-01All physicians with a general medical or osteopathic degree may perform surgery, including cosmetic surgery. A Plastic Surgeon has the most extensive training in total body Plastic Surgery, which can range from 5 to 9 years of residency and fellowship training following medical school. The Plastic Surgeon completes the only full training program offered in Plastic Surgery. Each of the various fields of Medicine carry Board certifications, but only one certifies the complete Plastic Surgeon, and that is the American Board of Plastic Surgery. The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery serves to properly certify physicians who demonstrate a general medical background, documented experience in cosmetic surgical procedures, and have letters of recommendation, but this board is not recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties since it does not require its membership to complete a full and formal residency training program in cosmetic surgery.
 
How much training and experience is really needed for me to feel comfortable selecting a Plastic Surgeon?
While on the job experience is critical in developing ones skills, judgment, and bedside manner, it is the formal training background that provides the foundation for a Plastic Surgeon to give the best possible care to his or her patients. Some Plastic Surgeons not only completed a full course of training in Plastic Surgery, but may have completed a second full residency in another surgical field. Dr. Hickman has completed a six-year residency in General and Vascular Surgery, and a two-year residency in Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. He obtained Board certification in both fields, although maintains formal Diplomat status in Plastic Surgery as his chosen area of Practice. The ability to see solutions to problems that are body-wide comes from the basic training of a Plastic Surgeon, as he or she may be called upon by specialists in other surgical fields to assist in Reconstruction for situations of trauma, disease, or perceived infirmity where a solution with aesthetic surgical considerations is required.