American Society of Plastic Surgeons
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8 months ago

Internationally board certified?

I found a surgeon whose work I love and I had a great consultation with him. He is board certified in the country he is from but not here in the US. Is this something I should be concerned about? Is it difficult to be board certified in the US if you trained elsewhere? I would appreciate your opinion.

Procedure: Eyelid Surgery
Location: New York, NY

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Douglas Monasebian
ASPS Surgeon
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Good day and thank you for your questions. Dr. Monasebian, our Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, will answer your questions. Training and expertise are very important as well as Board Certification. We are familiar with what U.S. Plastic Surgeons go through for certification in the U.S. You did not mention which country, so we are unable to help you. We would be happy to see you if you are in the New York City area and wish to discuss this further. We look forward to meeting you soon.

Regards, Dr. Monasebian and Park Avenue Plastic Surgery.

Debra Johnson
ASPS Surgeon
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Plastic surgeons who trained outside of the United States or Canada cannot become certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery unless they are working as a teacher in a medical school. And even then, the requirements are quite strict. Your surgeon may be well trained, but it's a little more difficult to do your background checking when he's from a foreign country. You can ask if he is a member of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS) or an international member of the ASPS. You can also check your state medical board website to make sure there have been no issues with this doctor. You can also ask to speak to one or two of his patients who had the same procedure you are considering to discuss their experience.


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