So what exactly is a board certified plastic surgeon and why does it matter? This question is often asked by people who are trying to explore plastic surgery options. A board-certified plastic surgeon in Massachusetts like Dr. Joseph Russo refers to surgeons who has completed 5 years of surgical training after medical school, including a residency program. These cosmetic doctors have gone above and beyond the necessary training required by their surgical specialty.
Checking for Board Certification and Membership in Professional Organizations
The plastic surgeon of your choice should be board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the sole organization recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties to certify plastic surgeons. Dr. Joseph Russo is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Also, he is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Below are other important things to consider when choosing a Massachusetts plastic surgeon:
1. Check for specialties.
Some general doctors claim that they are plastic surgeons when they aren’t. Ask your plastic surgeon if he or she has the necessary education, training and experience in plastic, cosmetic or reconstructive surgery.
Dr. Russo is a Harvard-trained plastic surgeon who has been in private practice in Newton Centre since 1991. Dr. Russo and his staff offer state of the art cosmetic procedures and the latest in skin care products to rejuvenate the face. He is also one of the most recognized leaders in the field of laser hair removal.
2. Check for hospital affiliations and privileges.
Before a hospital grants privileges and affiliations to plastic surgeons, the hospital’s review committee usually evaluates the doctor’s training and competency for the procedures he’s offering to his clients. Dr. Russo performs small surgeries right out of his Newton office and also performs surgery at the Milton Hospital.
3. Check for Experience.
While plastic surgeons experience a wide array of plastic surgeries, it is important for you to check a surgeon’s experience on the procedure you’re considering. If you’re trying out a procedure involving new technology, try asking the surgeon about the effectiveness and safety of the procedure in peer-reviewed journals.
4. Check for Thoroughness and Rapport.
When checking for thoroughness, your plastic surgeon should be able to do a thorough review of your medical history including past and current medications you’re taking. Finding out these types of information will help your surgeon come up with an individualized surgical plan.
When checking for rapport, determine if you’re comfortable with your plastic surgeon– from discussing goals to actively participating in coming up with the surgical and post-procedure plan.
Arrange a cosmetic consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Joseph Russo. We will listen to your concerns, educate you about what is available for you, and make recommendations. Call today to book your appointment with us! Contact (617) 964-1440 or fill out this contact form.