Finding a Plastic Surgeon: Land of Confusion (part 3)
In follow-up to this series of stories explaining the differences in training requirements, Houston’s Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Michael Eisemann, discusses The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery has three subdivisions: general cosmetic surgery; facial cosmetic surgery; and dermatologic cosmetic surgery. Before consideration, the doctor must already be board certified by an ABMS approved specialty like plastic surgery, general surgery, otolaryngology, or ophthalmology (with additional fellowship requirements). Then the doctor must complete a fellowship or experience route for certification by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. Fellowship applicants must complete a cosmetic surgery fellowship of no less than one year and then complete at least 100 cosmetic surgery procedures as the lead surgeon. If the applicant seeks certification through the experience route, s/he must have been in practice for no less than 6 years and have completed at least 1,000 cosmetic procedures, in addition to other requirements. Both routes are followed by written and oral examinations. Dr. Michael Eisemann is triple board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery: plastic surgery; facial plastic and reconstructive surgery; and otolaryngology. Therefore, he is extremely well qualified to care for plastic and cosmetic surgery patients.