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Plastic Surgery Safety

Because your safety is our primary concern
The Importance of Preparatory Research

As an elective procedure, cosmetic surgery affords patients the time for thorough research. Patients should seek a specifically qualified, board certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience, as these are the most important factors in the success of your cosmetic surgery.

The Meaning of Licensing and Specific Plastic Surgery Board Certifications

While all US physicians must be licensed to practice medicine, board certification is a voluntary process that demands proof of skills beyond that required by basic licensing. A physician's board certification is his most important credential; it ensures that he has fulfilled the comprehensive medical and surgical training required for excellence in his specialty. Any physician may claim to be a cosmetic or plastic surgeon, and may even be board certified in a given specialty. Therefore, it is important to establish that a cosmetic surgeon is board certified by American Board of Plastic Surgeons ( ABPS).

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) includes twenty-four member boards. Together, these organizations have collaborated in the development and implementation of the rigorous professional standards that constitute a credential for qualified practice in each specialty. To earn an American Board of Plastic Surgery ABPS board certification, a physician must meet the education requirements and residency training standards in Plastic Surgery specialty, and pass a written and an oral examination. In further support of his expertise, the candidate must officially present several of his own cases as selected by the ABPS Board from the list of his past surgeries. In order to maintain his board certification, a doctor must also practice the latest advances in his specialty, and demonstrate best practices for patient safety, communication, and ethics.

The credential for the practice of plastic and cosmetic surgery granted by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) is the only plastic and cosmetic surgery credential recognized by the ABMS. In addition, it is the only credential that ensures that a surgeon is qualified to perform plastic and cosmetic surgery on the entire body, including the face and neck.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons accepts only American Board of Plastic Surgery certified surgeons. Surgeons who possess these outstanding qualifications display the ASPS member symbol. Patients can contact the ABPS to establish a surgeon's status and specific board certification at (215) 587- 9322.

Membership in the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) signifies that the ABPS certified plastic surgeon has met additional requirements for continuing education and experience in cosmetic surgery. Surgeons who possess these outstanding qualifications display this ASAPS member symbol.


Important Hospital Privileges

It is important for a cosmetic surgeon to maintain active hospital privileges at one of the hospitals in his city of practice, even if he plans to perform surgery in his own office or outpatient center. Without these hospital privileges, a surgeon will not be permitted to perform surgery in a hospital setting, as is sometimes required in the event of surgical complication or post-operative care. Only appropriately credentialed surgeons confirmed by a hospital's credential committee are allowed to perform surgery in its facility.

Caution Regarding Visiting Plastic Surgeons

Some physicians with board certification in specialties other than plastic surgery may offer cosmetic surgery services. These physicians may employ visiting plastic surgeons from out of town to perform these services. For example, a facial plastic surgeon may ask a more specifically qualified plastic surgeon to perform a tummy tuck procedure in his facility. We advise you to ensure that the visiting plastic surgeon maintains privileges in one of the hospitals in your area, and can see you at each post-operative visit. Complications, although rare, can always happen.


We use only board certified anesthesiologists who attend each patient exclusively throughout the entire surgical procedure.

Surgery Center Accreditation

Many plastic and cosmetic surgeries are performed in a surgeon's operating suite or outpatient surgical facility. The Florida Board of Medicine requires surgical facilities to be inspected and accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency, or an accrediting organization approved by the board. The facility must also submit to an annual inspection by the accrediting organization.

Jacksonville Cosmetic Surgery Center is accredited by American Association for Accreditation for Ambulatory Surgery Facilities,Inc. (AAAASF).

Nationally recognized accrediting agencies are:

American Association for Accreditation for Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc.
5101 Washington Street, Suite 2F
Gurnee, IL 60031
(888) 545- 5222

Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care
5250 Old Orchard Road, Suite 200
Skokie, IL 60077
(847) 853-6060

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
One Renaissance Blvd
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
(630) 792-5000

Jacksonville Cosmetic Surgery Center has one of the safest settings for cosmetic procedures. Our operating room suites are accredited by the American Association for Accreditation for Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. Our facility, equipment and the qualifications of our operating room staff are regularly inspected by this institution. Jacksonville Cosmetic Surgery Center is located within Baptist Medical Center. In the case of unforeseen emergency, our patients can immediately be transported to Baptist Hospital main operating room or other departments.