The Board-Certified and Fully-Accredited Difference

Not anyone can call themselves a plastic surgeon. For that we can grateful!

The road to becoming a plastic surgeon is long and requires great dedication and commitment. Even so, it should be noted that doctors that are board-certified and work in a fully-accredited surgery center are definitely a cut above the rest.

So when you’re planning on plastic surgery, insist on the board-certified and fully-accredited difference.

The Board-Certified and Fully-Accredited Difference

Once you begin your search for the ideal plastic surgeon, you can immediately rule out anyone who is not board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS).

This title from the ABPS indicates that your potential surgeon has completed a rigorous board certification process that goes above and beyond the minimum required training and education. Plus, the certification is through the only plastic surgery board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.

If you’re able to find a surgeon who’s also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) or the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), that’s even better. Although neither of these is a certifying organization, maintaining membership in them dictates that surgeons must follow a strict set of training and patient safety standards.

Insisting on either (or both) of these additional credentials demonstrates that you’ve found a highly-trained and skilled surgeon who’s more than qualified to perform your procedure.

Board-Certification Is the Necessary First Step

Finding the right board-certified surgeon is a huge relief. But you’ll still want to check out the facility where he or she practices.

Chances are solid that if the surgeon meets all of the above standards, he or she probably works out of a facility that meets the highest standards of safety, quality, and patient care. You can’t be too diligent though.

You’ll know the facility in question is accredited as long as it has at least one of the following certifications:

  • State licensure
  • Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)
  • American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAASF)
  • Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC)
  • Title XVIII Medicare participation


So be sure to take the time to ensure your procedure will ONLY be performed in an accredited and accommodating facility.

The Added Importance of AAAHC Accreditation

Obviously, an accredited facility with more than one of the above certifications is desirable. Of these certification programs, the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) stands out.

The AAAHC accredits a wide array of outpatient settings including ambulatory surgery centers, office-based surgery facilities, medical and dental group practices, and more.

They advocate high-quality healthcare through both the development and implementation of nationally-recognized standards. And with over 6,000 accredited organizations, the AAAHC is the leader in ambulatory health care accreditation.

Accreditation through AAAHC demonstrates an organization’s commitment to providing high-quality and safe services to its patients.

You’ll Feel Safe In Our Care

Hopefully, you now understand the board-certified and fully-accredited difference and how it will clearly benefit you.

You can feel confident in knowing that the doctors in our fully-accredited facility are board-certified and will put your safety and care first. Always.

So contact us today to set up your free consultation. And search no longer.