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Angelo Cuzalina, MD

Why Board Certification in Cosmetic Surgery Matters

If you have been shopping around for a cosmetic surgeon or have done research about your procedure, you may have found tips or advice recommending that you work with a board-certified professional. However, NewBeauty magazine, a publication that describes itself as the ‘beauty authority’ made a few mistakes about this subject in its recent issue. The article, “Not All Doctors Are the Same,” from its Winter/Spring 2015 edition contains factual inaccuracies and misinformation. Here’s what you need to know about board certification, why it matters, and the magazine’s recent blunder:

Importance of Working with a Board-Certified Cosmetic Surgeon

Certification with the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery requires prior board certification followed by an additional one to two years of fellowship training. Surgeons working towards board certification must complete at least 300 documented cosmetic surgery procedures before they can be considered for certification. Without this additional training, there is a risk of a botched procedure or a poor result. Working with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon that specializes in your procedure is even more helpful because you can trust that they have extensive experience performing that particular procedure.

NewBeauty Magazine’s Blunder

NewBeauty magazine is the first publication that exclusively covers the latest advances in plastic surgery, dermatology, cosmetic surgery, and cosmetic dentistry. Each issue features articles about must-have beauty products, cosmetic and plastic surgery trends, and expert advice. However, the recent article about board certification contains misleading information about board certification. The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS) has published an open letter to NewBeauty magazine to get the record straight. Among the key points ABCS addresses:

    • Certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) does not guarantee adequate training in cosmetic surgery
    • Certified plastic surgeons can describe themselves as cosmetic surgeons if they wish to do so
    • ABCS is the only board which requires cosmetic surgery-specific training so an inaccurate correlation between the ABCS certification and doctors without cosmetic surgery training was made in the article.
    • Click here to read the full response published on the ABCS blog:

Dr. Cuzalina is board certified by two surgical boards, The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery for body, breast and facial surgery as well as the Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Locally he has been voted as “Best of the Best” in the category of Cosmetic Surgery in Oklahoma magazine. For any questions about board certification or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cuzalina, contact our office today!







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