About Board Certification

Choose a Board-Certified South Florida Plastic Surgeon

When considering cosmetic surgery in South Florida, your choice of surgeon can play a critical role in the quality of your results. Talk with friends and family members who have had cosmetic surgery about their experience, and take the time to do research on the Web about South Florida plastic surgeons.

One of the key concepts you need to understand when evaluating surgeons is the difference between a cosmetic surgeon and a board-certified plastic surgeon. In brief, anyone who has graduated from medical school can call themselves a cosmetic surgeon and offer cosmetic surgery without any advanced training. However, a board-certified plastic surgeon has completed many years of specialized post-doctorate training in plastic, cosmetic, and reconstructive surgery techniques, giving them the knowledge and experience to create highly satisfying results. Only diplomates of the American Board of Plastic Surgery can call themselves board-certified plastic surgeons.

Dr. Robert Cooper is a board-certified plastic surgeon. With this credentials he understands the aesthetic sensibilities that go into every successful plastic surgery procedure and has the skill to deliver a safe surgical procedure and healthy outcome. Dr. Cooper is happy to share more details about the importance of board certification. Request a complimentary consultation or call Cooper Plastic Surgery at (561) 741-9000 to schedule an appointment.

Find Out the “Board” behind Board Certification

Many doctors offering cosmetic surgery procedures claim to be “board certified.” However, the fact that a doctor is board certified matters little if you do not also know which board they have earned certification from. For a specialist in head-to-toe plastic surgery, you want to choose from the plastic surgeons in South Florida like Dr. Cooper who are board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). This is the premier plastic surgery certification board, which requires a surgeon to have a four year college degree, a degree from an accredited medical school, a surgical internship and residency, at least two years specializing in plastic surgery. On top of these requirements, an ABPS-certified plastic surgeon must pass extensive oral and written examinations and peer reviews.

Unfortunately for people considering cosmetic surgery, there are many other certification boards that do not have as rigorous requirements and are not held in as high regard as the ABPS. Doctors claiming to be “board certified” but who are not certified by the ABPS may have received certification from boards such as the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery or the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Take the time now to learn about board certification and choose your surgeon carefully with their credentials in mind.

Dr. Cooper is proud to be a plastic surgeon in South Florida who is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. ABPS certification is the clearest way to tell that a doctor has substantial training and experience in plastic surgery methods. Back to Top