If you’ve been thinking about getting cosmetic surgery, you’re probably at least a little curious about the education and training required by a plastic surgeon. After all, this will be the person responsible for using a scalpel on you and perhaps dramatically altering your appearance. Not only do you want to be sure that your health and safety will be in good hands, but you are probably interested in a good final result. Well, not all surgeons were cut from the same cloth. Read on to find out more.
When it comes to education, the path of every plastic surgeon is going to be similar up to a point. After all, they all must take the right courses in their undergrad education to prepare them for medical school. These courses will differ from program to program, but they will generally be concentrated in the math and sciences. Biology, physics, chemistry, and other such courses will be of particular interest to anyone in the premed program. Following graduation, they will move on to medical school, where they will be steeped in learning about the body, science, and the theory of medicine. After graduation, they will move into a residency program, just as all doctors must, as they learn on a practical basis as they work with patients.
It is at this point that the individual interested in becoming a plastic surgeon will branch off from the traditional path. They may go into a second residency, with this one taking place under the tutelage of an experienced surgeon. This may involve more training as they strive to master the concepts behind cosmetic surgery and the many factors that separate the science from other forms of surgery. They may choose to become certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, although this is not a requirement to put out a shingle in the U.S.
It should be noted that anyone who is a licensed M.D. in the U.S. may practice any type of medicine they wish with no further training. This is why you should be careful when choosing a plastic surgeon. The doctor performing your breast augmentation may have no experience or training at all in this particular discipline. Don’t be afraid to be your own advocate when it comes to making your decision. Ask the doctor point blank what their training consisted of, how long they’ve been performing cosmetic surgery, and so on. Finding an experienced surgeon isn’t difficult, so don’t overlook this important step.