Dr. Cooper: I am board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and am an active member of the Aesthetic Society of Plastic Surgery, which is designated for board certified plastic surgeons who perform cosmetic surgery procedures.
I am a second-generation cosmetic surgeon. When my dad was in the heyday of his career, every prospective patient was told to ask if the plastic surgeon they were considering was board certified. Board certification by the American Society of Plastic Surgery was the stamp of approval. To a certain extent, 30 years later, board certification remains very important. However, there are now so many different cosmetic boards with underlying sponsoring societies that it is challenging to use board certification as a metric of surgeon quality and surgical satisfaction.
What makes us unique is that we are a vertically integrated plastic surgeon office and surgical facility. That means I do all surgery in a private surgical facility that I control and operate. Having complete control over all aspects of the operation, including timing, staffing, instrumentation, equipment, lighting, and recovery, has been a total game-changer. I strongly believe that all aspects of the operative process need to be under the control of the operating surgeon. The facility needs to be set up, staffed, and supplied with the specific focus of cosmetic surgery.
Having started my plastic surgery career at one of American’s top hospitals, Massachusetts General Hospital, I realized early on what it meant not to have complete control and the compromises that resulted. Hence, my singular focus is to be able to do my best work every time I start an operation. It begins with a proper operative plan and realistic patient expectations about our goals for an outstanding surgical outcome. I have a full-time team that is consistent with respect to nursing, anesthesia and surgical assistance. A consistent team of people leads to better intraoperative communication through prior experiences shared together over hundreds of operations. We strive to be better, and our team understands we must continue this pursuit of excellence in order to achieve outstanding surgical outcomes for our patients.
I maintain hospital privileges at Jupiter Medical Center; some surgeons operate in an office setting because they cannot obtain the necessary requirements to do certain operations in a hospital setting. However, that is not my rationale, nor is it my situation.