Making an Informed Decision

For every person who is thrilled with the results of cosmetic surgery, there is another person who could also benefit, but who does not have enough information. Cosmetic surgery—or non-surgical aesthetic procedures— may, or may not be, right for you. The answer starts with getting accurate information. Researching online is a good first step, but we encourage you to meet face to face with a qualified, Board Certified, plastic and cosmetic surgeon. Ask questions to learn what procedures best fit your desires, your lifestyle, and your budget. Ask about your physician’s experience and credentials. Then make an informed decision, and be choosy. It’s up to you how you choose to look, and who will help you attained your desired appearance.

Board Certification

Surprisingly, most state laws permit any physician who holds a medical license, with or without surgical training, to practice cosmetic or plastic surgery. This is why understanding board certification is so important.

As a first step, we recommend that you select a plastic surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This is not a certification that can be purchased; it must be earned. Surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery must undergo at least three years of general surgery training, two years of plastic surgery training, pass comprehensive written and oral examinations, and adhere to a strict code of medical ethics. No other certifying board requires their surgeons to meet standards as stringent as these. You can confirm your surgeon’s certification online at www.abplsurg.org.

Most plastic surgeons, including Dr. Ann Passmore, who are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, are also members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Going to their website is another good option for obtaining additional information on your surgeon’s credentials: www.plasticsurgery.org.

Cosmetic Surgery: Popular, Affordable, Effective

In the early 1930s, a group of doctors with a concentrated interest in correcting deformities, initiated a new medical specialty they called plastic surgery. They took the name from the Greek word “plastikos” which means to change and to mold.

Now, some 80 years later, this specialty has grown to encompass cosmetic surgery, which focuses on enhancing appearances and improving mother nature.

Many Americans are unaware of all the changes made possible by cosmetic surgery. They have no idea how easily they can afford it or now effective it can be.

Originally, cosmetic surgery was for the rich and famous. But modern techniques have made procedures more effective, more affordable and longer lasting. Today, most cosmetic surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. Recovery is quicker and easier, and when performed by a well-trained, experienced surgeon, patient satisfaction is over 95 percent.

This increase in effectiveness and good value has led to a rapid rise in its popularity. In 2011, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, there were over 9 million surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures performed in the United States. That marks a 197% increase in the total number of cosmetic procedures performed since 1997.

Scheduling A Consultation

When you are ready to learn more cosmetic surgery and the practice of Dr. Ann Passmore, we recommend you call 479. 242.2442 to schedule a consultation.