Board Certified...Skin Doctor?
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Does my board certified plastic surgeon have skill in dermatology?
Just because your gym has a weight room, that doesn't mean it doesn't have aerobics classes. It's all part of health. Similarly, your board certified plastic surgeon usually has a background in dermatologic procedures. In fact, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, it's mandatory for your board certified plastic surgeon to have extensive skill in:
- Burn managements, acute and reconstructive.
- Microsurgical techniques applicable to plastic surgery (skin resurfacing, peels microdermabrasion).
- Reconstruction by tissue transfer including flaps and grafts.
- Surgery of benign and malignant lesions of the skin and soft tissue.
To use the gym analogy, even if you're going in for ab work, you can still benefit from strength training. For example, you'll be happy for that board certification if the cosmetic surgeon needs to remove skin flaps or graft them onto your cheeks. Your cosmetic surgeon might discover a lesion your doctor overlooked that needs removal--and you thought it was just extra fat! Besides, cardiovascular exercise is wonderful for your heart and abs, and your gym wouldn't be much of a gym if it didn't provide the whole fitness package. When choosing a plastic surgeon with board certification, you can be confident you're getting the whole deal.