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Not All Plastic Surgeons are Created Equal

ASPS Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Shahram Salemy in Seattle

“Plastic surgeons say…doing delicate facial cosmetic surgery takes specific training that only they receive.”
– CBS News “Eye on America”

Though many claim the qualifications to perform certain plastic procedures, only ASPS Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons have undergone the proper training and education to provide for the highest levels of patient safety.

When it comes to plastic and cosmetic surgery, there can often seem to be an overwhelming number of surgeons offering a multitude of procedures and services to choose from.  Some estimates peg the number of plastic surgeons at around 7,000 in the United States.  Additionally, many physicians and even dentists and oral surgeons (some estimate as many as 60,000) identify themselves as “facial plastic” surgeons or perform plastic procedures as well.  However, choosing the most appropriate and adept plastic surgeon to perform one’s plastic or cosmetic surgery procedure, whether it’s a more complicated and involved procedure like a facelift or whether it’s a simpler and less involved procedure like a dermal filler or botox injection, is the most critical step towards having a safe and successful procedure performed.   According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), when attempting to discern who is the most qualified from among the many professionals who claim to possess the expertise to perform cosmetic procedures, a patient’s safest bet is to choose an ASPS Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.

What is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and why does it matter?
A Board Certified Plastic Surgeon is one who has met and adheres to all of the standards of excellence required by the ASPS, the largest plastic surgery specialty organization in the world.  The ASPS advances quality care by requiring of its member surgeons adherence to the highest standards of patient safety, training, ethics, and physician practice.  When patients choose a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, they know that surgeon has been vetted and has met its very strict standards of ethics, patient safety and training and education.  Their member surgeons are the highest qualified plastic surgeons in the world, and only a percentage of all surgeons have been honored by this esteemed distinction and certification and can rightly claim Board Certification.

Award-winning and ASPS board certified Seattle Plastic Surgeon Dr. Shahram Salemy also stresses that the point of always choosing a Board Certified plastic surgeon to perform a plastic procedure isn’t just to get the best results, but rather to have the safest experience.  Patient safety is not just about surgical technique, but a whole host of other decisions and potential pitfalls, including patient selection, anesthesia, and steps to avoid and if necessary treat complications, all of which stem from the proper training and certification afforded by an esteemed membership in the ASPS.  Dr. Salemy always advises prospective patients to always check a surgeon’s credentials before electing to have any procedure performed.

Learn more about Board Certified Seattle plastic surgeon Dr. Shahram Salemy and his extensive training and education.

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Shahram Salemy, MD, FACS

Dr. Salemy is an award-winning, ASPS Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon and member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS) practicing in Seattle, WA. As Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Washington's School of Medicine, Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery and President of The Northwest Society of Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Shahram Salemy strives to advance the field and practice of plastic surgery for both his patients and his university students. Learn more about Dr. Shahram Salemy and his esteemed background.
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