If you’re considering plastic surgery, it’s crucial that you evaluate the skills, background and experience of your doctor. Most cosmetic procedures achieve safe, beautiful results when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon. However, you significantly increase your risk of complications or a poor outcome when you work with a doctor who lacks these credentials.
Dr. Raymond Jean is a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience performing cosmetic and reconstructive procedures for men and women in the Philadelphia area. During your initial consultation, he will answer any questions you may have about his background in order to ensure you’re comfortable working with us before scheduling your procedure.
What’s the Difference Between a Cosmetic Surgeon and a Plastic Surgeon?
It’s important to understand that any physician can perform cosmetic procedures. You don’t have to be a specialist to call yourself a cosmetic surgeon. In fact, many doctors who perform cosmetic procedures do so after taking weekend training courses. Often, these medical professionals hold specializations in other areas of medicine. The level of training and experience possessed by these people, including those who market themselves as cosmetic surgeons, is significantly lower than what is required to become a plastic surgeon.
In order to be considered a plastic surgeon, a doctor must become certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Board-certified plastic surgeons go through rigorous and extensive training. This involves 12 years of specialized medical training, including medical school as well as comprehensive instruction in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery under direct supervision of other board-certified plastic surgeons.
The difference in training between a board-certified plastic surgeon and a cosmetic surgeon is significant. By choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon, you can be confident that your doctor possesses the background and experience necessary to deliver the safe, beautiful outcome you deserve.
What Is the Criteria for Becoming a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon?
In order to become a board-certified plastic surgeon, you must complete the following:
- 5 years of clinical general surgery residency training
- 3 years of plastic surgery residency training
- Completion of a written exam and a two-day oral exam demonstrating knowledge and mastery in the field of plastic surgery
This process ensures your plastic surgeon possesses the training and experience necessary to provide safe, exceptional results. In addition, board certification isn’t bestowed for the duration of a plastic surgeon’s career. Recertification is required every 10 years. This ensures your plastic surgeon remains current on the latest and most advanced techniques.
Don’t Prioritize Cost Over Expertise
Most plastic surgery procedures aren’t covered by insurance. As a result, your desired treatment can be expensive. It can be tempting to prioritize cost when choosing a plastic surgeon. However, sacrificing a quality plastic surgeon for a less experienced doctor offering a discounted rate isn’t a smart approach. It can potentially increase your risk of complications and a poor outcome.
Your health and safety aren’t worth risking over a cheaper procedure. By working with a board-certified plastic surgeon, you minimize these risks and give yourself the greatest likelihood of achieving an exceptional outcome to your procedure.
Dr. Jean offers a variety of financing options, including no-interest and low-interest payment plans, to ensure your plastic surgery fits into your budget. Our team will review these options with you in detail during your initial consultation.
Contact our Philadelphia Plastic Surgeon
Please contact Main Line Plastic Surgery using the form on this page or call 484-222-0010 today to schedule your plastic surgery consultation. We serve patients in Bryn Mawr, Villanova and throughout the Main Line of Philadelphia.