Plastic surgery after weight loss is a key part of your life-changing journey and the investment you’re making to transform your body and your life is profound. That said, be careful to not discount the importance of body contouring surgery to highlight the work you have already done. These procedures require a highly skilled surgeon, and therefore, it is critical that you take the time to research the qualifications of the plastic surgeons you may be considering.
Whether you live hundreds of miles away or you reside right here in Sacramento, for post weight loss plastic surgery, you owe it to yourself to find out more about our practice and board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. David Kaufman.
Cosmetic Surgeon or Plastic Surgeon
The terms “cosmetic surgeon” and “plastic surgeon” aren’t interchangeable; they actually represent two very different levels of specialization. In most states, including California, almost any physician can call himself or herself a cosmetic surgeon and offer facial procedures, breast augmentation and even surgery after weight loss. However, while many of these doctors do good work, their levels of training and experience vary quite a bit.
For your post weight loss body contouring, you’ll want to choose a plastic surgeon. Plastic surgeons complete residencies focused specifically on plastic surgery, meaning they have years of experience working under the guidance of experts in the field. Most perform hundreds of reconstructive and cosmetic procedures under supervision before entering private practice. Plastic surgeons in private practice may perform cosmetic surgery mostly or exclusively, and they may even call themselves cosmetic surgeons. But those who perform cosmetic surgery without formal training in plastic surgery should not refer to themselves as plastic surgeons.
Many of the surgeons you research may say they’re board certified or members of various professional societies. The qualification that matters most is certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). ABPS certification ensures that your physician has a college degree and a degree from an accredited medical school, a minimum of five years surgical/plastic surgery internship and residency and two years of plastic surgery practice. After those standards have been met, an ABPS candidate must pass rigorous oral and written exams and peer reviews.
Membership in other organizations, such as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), also tells you something about a prospective physician. An ASPS membership is a prestigious distinction. The ASPS accepts only ABPS certified physicians who are sponsored by other members and who meet strict ethical standards. Members of the ASPS are required to attend regular meetings and continue their education.
If you feel that Kaufman Plastic Surgery can help and you would like to learn more about a specific procedure, please contact us online or give us a call at (916) 983-9895. You can also request a virtual consultation.