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The Importance of Board Certification

Updated: Mar 29, 2021

Are you contemplating a plastic surgery procedure or injectable treatment - like Botox? Your ONLY OPTION should be to work with a board certified plastic surgeon. Here’s why ...

Dr. Bernabe Vazquez, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a board certified plastic surgeon with over three decades of experience in reconstructive and plastic surgery.

When considering something as important as a choosing a surgeon for your cosmetic surgery procedure, board certification matters. Plastic surgery is a huge investment of time, energy and money, and can have big implications for your health.

The road to becoming a board-certified plastic surgeon is long and filled with hands-on experience.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeon’s website, proper plastic surgery training includes sixteen years of post-high school education, including specific training in reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery under direct supervision. Board certified plastic surgeons have not only met very demanding requirements in order to sit for their board exams, but they have also successfully passed a written and a two day oral examination. Here they’re critically evaluated on their fund of knowledge, their ethical standing, and their safe and effective approach to a variety of reconstructive and cosmetic challenges.

Certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery is a qualification not easily obtained, therefore, by choosing a board-certified surgeon, you’ll feel more confident that the doctor is knowledgeable, makes ethical decisions, and uses safe practices to ensure a successful outcome.

What are the benefits of consulting with a board certified plastic surgeon?

Speaking with a board-certified surgeon prior to any cosmetic work has many benefits. Not only is the doctor well-informed about the practices and steps taken to perform the procedures, he/she can discuss topics, such as pros and cons and recommend the best options for your optimal results. It’s worth noting, should you become interested in more substantial procedures in the future, you’ve got a doctor you’re already comfortable working with and trust to help you make the decisions that are right for you.

Dr. Vazquez’s approach to treating patients is more comprehensive than traditional plastic surgery. His philosophy is that plastic surgery is an art form, based on scientific principles and safety above all else. Dr. Vazquez and his staff are committed to treating each patient as a unique and creative challenge, while utilizing the most modern technological advancements.

Dr. Bernabe Vazquez, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a board-certified plastic surgeon with more than three decades of experience helping patients achieve a look they love SAFELY. Dr. Vazquez has been in practice at the same location since 1988, where he’s performed thousands of plastic surgery procedures on nearly every part of the human body.

WATCH: Dr. Bernabe Vazquez featured on Tampa Bay TV Show March 2020 segment on Bloom T.V. (WFLA/ News Channel 8) about the importance of board certification and why it matters when choosing a plastic surgeon.

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