After a patient decides to have cosmetic surgery, she must find the right physician. Research board certified plastic surgeons in Johnson City, TN before scheduling a cosmetic surgery consultation.

Plastic Surgery Credentials

accredited plastic surgeonWhen a patient decides to undergo cosmetic surgery, finding a qualified plastic surgeon is crucial. A board certified surgeon has the skill and experience to address potential complications during surgery or infections during healing. Make sure your plastic surgeon:

  • Is board certified in plastic surgery. Plastic surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery are highly skilled physicians uniquely qualified to provide unbeatable patient care with minimal surgical complications. Choose a surgeon certified by the ABPS or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
  • Has a good record. Contact your state’s medical board to verify your physician’s license and surgical history.
  • Has hospital privileges for the procedure. Hospitals perform extensive background checks before allowing a plastic surgeon to operate within their facilities. Most hospitals require their cosmetic surgeons to be board certified in plastic surgery.
  • Makes you feel comfortable. Before scheduling a cosmetic procedure, make sure your physician makes you feel comfortable and well-informed. Bring a list of questions about your procedure to your consultation and make sure your physician answers them to your satisfaction.

Cosmetic Surgeon vs Plastic Surgeon

Although cosmetic surgeons often oversell their expertise, there is a clear cut difference between a plastic surgeon and a cosmetic surgeon. A plastic surgeon is required to have five years of surgical training for both facial and body procedures, and at least two years of specialized medical training in plastic surgery. Cosmetic surgeons do not necessarily receive surgical training during medical school or residencies; they often train themselves in cosmetic surgery while on the job. An American Board of Plastic Surgery certified physician must pass extensive qualifying exams in plastic and cosmetic surgery. A cosmetic surgeon could be certified in anything from Dermatology to ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat), but may not be professionally trained in plastic surgery. Because plastic surgeons have accredited training, they are equipped to handle complications and medical emergencies that non-specialized cosmetic surgeons can not.

Dr. Brantner has been certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons since 1985. To learn more about Dr. Brantner’s qualifications, contact his plastic surgery office.