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Which Plastic Surgeon Qualifications Matter?

Colorado plastic surgeons must complete many years of rigorous study in order to attain the highest qualifications. If you’re considering plastic surgery, learn the specifics to look for when evaluating surgeons.


With the advent of less invasive plastic surgery techniques, more and more generalists are offering treatments that were once exclusively considered plastic surgery. Other specializations, such as dermatologists, may also be offering some of these procedures. However, just because a doctor is licensed to practice medicine does not mean that he or she should be your first choice when seeking plastic surgery.

Most plastic surgeons have been practicing for years to perform procedures safely and develop an eye for elegant results. For example, liposuction can be performed to remove fat deposits.* But a doctor with only a weekend course in lipo techniques is highly unlikely to be able to achieve the type of aesthetic result a plastic surgeon with years of experience and training can deliver.*

Board Certification

There’s a difference between cosmetic surgeons and board-certified plastic surgeons. Any medical doctor can call him or herself a cosmetic surgeon. But a board-certified plastic surgeon must complete many years of post-doctoral training, including a residency in the field of plastic surgery. Certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery also requires diplomates to pass a series of challenging oral and written exams.

Above & Beyond

For plastic surgeons like Dr. Campanile who are members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), even more stringent qualifications apply. The surgeons must have at least three years specifically in plastic surgery training, included with at least six years of other training and professional experience. They must be board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). They also must adhere to continuing education requirements, and are only permitted to operate in accredited and approved medical facilities.

*This information is for education only, and is not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary.

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