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Selecting a Provider
When you consult a professional, it's natural to assume they have all the training needed to inspire your confidence in them. Physicians must obtain their medical license to practice medicine but there is no requirement that a "plastic surgeon" or "cosmetic surgeon" have formal training in the discipline. In fact, it's not unusual for dermatologists, gynecologists and other physicians to offer cosmetic surgery. Since there are no standard requirements to meet before a physician offers plastic surgery, how can you ensure you're working with someone who is a highly trained and experienced plastic surgeon?
Look for American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) Certification: The only way to know if your plastic surgeon is truly qualified to perform plastic surgery of the body, breast and face is to make sure they are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). This is the certification that all physicians at Swedish Plastics and Aesthetics hold.
The ABPS is one of only 24 member boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties. The two organizations have been working together for over 60 years to maintain a high level of professional standards plastic surgeons must meet to qualify for ABPS certification. These standards include:
- Graduation from an accredited medical school
- At least five years in an accredited surgical training program, with at least two of those years focused on plastic surgery
- Two years or more in private practice devoted to plastic surgery
- Passing scores on written and oral examinations
- Moral and ethical standing in the community acceptable to the American Board of Plastic Surgery
Planning for Surgery
Your initial consultation is usually in person at our office. A “virtual” discussion can be arranged if you live too far away to visit. Registration paperwork and photos of the area of concern would be needed prior to the appointment. Also insurance and payment will be collected in advance, if appropriate. It is important to have a physical examination and an in person discussion in order for the best plan to be made for the surgery. This should be factored in as you make arrangements for your stay.
Staying in Seattle
Our staff is knowledgeable and helpful about making local arrangements for your stay. There are several hotels within a few blocks of our office that offer reasonable rates. We have a nursing service that can be made available for one on one post-operative care if needed in the first few days following your procedure.
For a list of hotels near Swedish First Hill, click here. We can also provide useful information about restaurants, pharmacies, grocery stores and other services. Seattle is an exciting city to visit with opportunities for sightseeing, shopping, fine dining, outdoor opportunities, and first rate music and arts. Our office is centrally located for optimal comfort and convenience during your stay.
Smoking and Plastic Surgery
It is common knowledge that smoking is hazardous to hearts, lungs and blood vessels. Most people are not aware, however, that smoking can have serious negative effects on wound healing after surgery. Nicotine causes small blood vessels to go into spasm, preventing the vessels from delivering oxygenated blood where it is critically needed for healing. Wound healing complications in smokers have been reported to increase up to 14 times over non-smokers.
Quitting smoking is one of the most important things you can do to have a smooth course after surgery and to improve your present and future health. It is recommended that you be nicotine free four weeks prior to surgery. If you are a smoker, our surgeons will require a nicotine test prior to scheduling your surgery.
Click here for Swedish smoking cessation resources. The Washington State Department of Health has free cessation services available to state residents. The toll-free Tobacco Quit Line is 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669). They also provide a web site for quit tips and useful related information.