The Difference Between a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon and Other Cosmetic Surgeons

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Not all surgeons have equal skills, training, and specialties. So, how can you choose the best surgeon for a plastic or reconstruction surgery? For any operation – especially one that alters your appearance – you want to place your trust in the best surgeon available. Unfortunately, not all doctors who perform aesthetic enhancements have extensive training, remain abreast of the latest techniques and technologies, and have the experience to deliver optimal results.

If you are like most patients considering a cosmetic improvement, you probably begin by asking friends and family who they may have chosen for such work in the past. Next, you review some surgeons’ websites, and call for a consultation with the ones that appeal to you most.

But when contemplating invasive surgery, you should not stop there. Instead, you should investigate your surgeon’s background and research the claims they may make about their training and experience.

To learn more about why Dr. Jason Cooper is the best surgeon to choose for your cosmetic surgery in South Florida, request a consultation at one of his convenient locations in Jupiter or Palm Beach.

Understanding Surgical Credentials

Board certifications are the benchmark for any physician. But each organization that certifies physicians is autonomous and has unique standards and guidelines. Therefore, to ensure your surgeon’s accreditation carries sufficient weight of optimal training, continuing education, and experience, you should understand the differences. 

Some surgeons advertise their credentials as board-certified from organizations not approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties. This board oversees specific physician specialty boards, insisting they develop and maintain optimal standards. The only board they recognize for cosmetic surgery is the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Furthermore, just because a surgeon may be board-certified by an organization approved by the ABMS does not mean they are the most qualified for cosmetic surgery. For example, a board-certified gynecologist would not be the best option for a facelift, nor would a board-certified oral surgeon be the best qualified to perform a tummy tuck.

What Is a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon?

To earn board certification, a plastic surgeon must complete the most rigorous training in medicine. They must also keep abreast with plastic and reconstructive surgery innovations and advancements, with continuing education to maintain their status. Also, they uphold the highest ethical standards.

The American Board of Plastic Surgery exists to promote ethical, safe, and effective plastic surgery to patients by maintaining these rigorous standards. These levels of certification include education, examination, and continuous training of plastic surgeons as specialists in their field.

But others who perform cosmetic surgery cannot call themselves board-certified plastic surgeons. That’s why certified practitioners like cosmetic surgeons do not fall under the ABMS umbrella. Then, you have others like board-certified dermatologists or oral surgeons. Their certifications are from ABMS-approved member boards, but their specialty does not include plastic, reconstructive, or cosmetic surgery. 

Choose Wisely

For your convenience, we have included boards that offer certifications but have NOT earned ABMS approval. Providers with these certifications are NOT Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons:

  • The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery
  • The American Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • The American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • The American Board of Dermatologic Surgery
  • The American Board of Cosmetic Medicine
  • The American Board of Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • The American Board of Anti-Aging Medicine

Why the ABPS?

The American Board of Plastic Surgery is an elite group of only 24 member boards of the ABMS. It is the only board that will ensure your physician has graduated with a four-year college degree, has achieved an accredited medical school program to become a medical doctor, and has finished an accredited plastic surgery residency training program.

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Why Dr. Jason Cooper?

Dr. Jason S. Cooper is a Harvard trained, board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon in practice in Jupiter, Fl. Dr. Cooper graduated from medical school at the University of Miami in 2004 with AOA honors and went on to the Harvard six-year combined plastic surgery residency program. After completing his residency at Harvard in 2010, Dr. Cooper held an academic appointment at Harvard Medical School and was on staff as a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital for more than 4 years.

In 2014 Dr. Cooper relocated to Jupiter, FL where he established his cosmetic & reconstructive private practice. Dr. Cooper specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face, body, and breasts. Dr. Cooper has a state of the art, nationally accredited, AAAASF in-office surgery center where he performs the latest techniques to rejuvenate the face, breast, and body.

Dr. Cooper consistently achieves outstanding patient satisfaction for both his surgical results and the personalized, patient-focused experience that his practice has carefully developed. Dr. Cooper has office locations in Jupiter, FL, and in Palm Beach, Fl. Dr. Cooper is also on staff at Jupiter Medical Center.

To learn more about Dr. Jason Cooper and how he can help you pursue your cosmetic goals, request a consultation or call our office at 561-406-6574.

What Is the ASPS?

Founded in 1931, the American Society of Plastic Surgery is the largest plastic surgery organization worldwide. Board-certified plastic surgeons are highly trained in:

  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Cosmetic procedures
  • Hand surgery
  • Burn wounds
  • Tumor removal
  • Wound trauma
  • Cancer reconstruction
  • Correction of acquired deformities and birth defects
  • Microsurgery
  • Maxillofacial surgery
  • Maxillofacial craniofacial surgery

The ASPS guarantees your surgeon:

  • Accumulated at least six years of surgical training and experience, with at least three years in plastic surgery
  • Operates only in accredited medical facilities
  • Adheres to strict ethical standards
  • Completes continuing medical education requirements, including innovations and standards in patient safety
  • Is your partner in optimal medical care

Cosmetic Surgery Fellowships

Many cosmetic surgery fellowships do not qualify for accreditation. Surgeons who hold a cosmetic surgery fellowship do not meet ABPS’ criteria for board certification. Indeed, they do not even qualify for ABPS membership. The ABPS has been the gold standard in medical and surgical training since its founding in 1941.

Making Your Decision

Finally, when making your final decision on who to trust to perform your surgery, you need to have confidence in the skill and expertise your surgeon provides. Trust your intuition. If you are not confident with the physician’s experience, skill, and bedside manner, you will not be satisfied with the journey you are about to start. Your safety and medical care are worth the time spent investigating and educating yourself before you make this momentous decision.

Questions to Ask Your Surgeon

What training have you completed?

They should have at least six years of surgical training, with three being in plastic surgery.

Have you earned certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery?

They should answer yes.

Are you a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery?

They should answer yes. If no, they failed their board exams or had legal or ethical issues that got them rejected.

Why Dr. Jason Cooper?

Harvard-trained and board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery plastic surgeon Dr. Jason Cooper delivers high patient satisfaction. His patients enjoy exceptionally natural-looking results in plastic surgery of the face, breasts, and body. In addition, he is a top performer of facial plastic surgery, performing over 150 facelifts per year.

He performs all his surgical procedures at his state-of-the-art, accredited surgical center and boasts the most compassionate and professional staff in South Florida, if not the United States.

To learn more about Dr. Cooper’s practice, his experience, his accreditations, and the procedures he offers, request a consultation with him today!

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