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Plastic Surgery’s Did You Know? Board Certification Matters

 

Every prospective patient who seeks cosmetic enhancements knows to ask or look for ‘board certification’ of their surgeon or treatment provider. While this is a seemingly good question, a positive answer may still not be a reassuring one that guarantees your doctor has all the requisite training and experience to give you the best result. This is because board-certification today does not mean what it meant decades ago. Many ‘Boards’ have emerged that are relatively new and self-regulating and certifications in some of these boards is not the same as others. It thus becomes important to ask your doctor board-certified in what board and by whom as some board certifications really matter. The American Board of Plastic Surgery’s is one of the most rigorous of these boards and is the only certification for whole-body plastic surgery recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. (ABMS) The American Board of Medical Specialties runs a website, CertificationMatters.org, where prospective patients can see if their doctor is certified by this rigorous board. This is a great place for patients to see if their doctor is listed in this board registry.

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Dr. Barry EppleyDr. Barry Eppley

Dr. Barry Eppley is an extensively trained plastic and cosmetic surgeon with more than 20 years of surgical experience. He is both a licensed physician and dentist as well as double board-certified in both Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. This training allows him to perform the most complex surgical procedures from cosmetic changes to the face and body to craniofacial surgery. Dr. Eppley has made extensive contributions to plastic surgery starting with the development of several advanced surgical techniques. He is a revered author, lecturer and educator in the field of plastic and cosmetic surgery.

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