There are many factors that come into play when deciding on the best doctor to perform your male breast reduction. A few key points that you will probably research only the way include their education, experience, and online reviews from previous patients. However, looking at a surgeon’s ‘credentials’ may seem overwhelming. Many people will skim past this vital, yet mystifying medical jargon. Do not let this be you. Learn what your gynecomastia surgeon’s credentials are important and which deserve your close attention.
The #1 Most Important Credential: Board Certification.
Most patients agree that they only want an appropriately trained surgeon to perform their male breast reduction. Who is not looking for a plastic surgeon that has passed rigorous testing and is monitored as meeting appropriate standards? Unfortunately, it is easy for any physician to call themselves a ‘plastic surgeon’. Doctors that have trained in general medicine, gynecology, or be an ear, nose, and throat specialist who later decides to practice as a cosmetic surgeon. These physicians do not have the same kind of training or meticulous continuing education requirements as a board certified plastic surgeon.
Choosing a board certified plastic surgeon means he/she has under gone five plus years of specialty training, following medical school. The board certified plastic surgeon will have passed extensive oral and written examinations, continue to meet annual continuing education requirements, and be continuously scrutinized for appropriate, professional behavior.
The Only Board Certification That Matters –
Understanding that your surgeon must be board certified is essential. But by what board? The only medical board in the United States recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) is the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). The ABPS is in charge of continually evaluating surgeons to ensure they have the knowledge, skill, and education needed for a safe and satisfactory male breast reduction. Make sure your surgeon is board certified by the ABPS.
ABPS Board Certified Plastic Surgeons Have:
- Completed five or more years of monitored surgical training
- Completed a board approved plastic surgery residency
- Passed rigorous oral and written exams given by American Board of Plastic Surgery
State, local, and specialty credentials – all icing on the cake.
Most plastic surgeons will belong to several local organizations, either in their city, region, state, or according to their specialty. Each of these groups will have its own standard of practice, ensuring the surgeons offer sound medical procedures and follow ethical standards. Taking note of your potential surgeon’s local and specialty plastic surgery organizations can help you to know your doctor is actively involved in additional activities or acts as a strong patient advocate. However, it is up to surgeon if he wants to join local organizations. Not doing so does not mean they are less qualified or less ethical. It is the board certification with ABPS that is the one credential that is a must.
Dr. Paul Vitenas is board certified by the ABPS and brings close to 30 years of experience to every male breast reduction. An alumnus of Tulane University Medical School, Dr. Vitenas has more than 2,000 online patient reviews and testimonials. He is the top gynecomastia surgeon in the Houston area. To find out more about Dr. Vitenas’ male breast reduction, fill out our online contact us form or call the office at (281) 668-7370.