PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwired - Sep 8, 2016) - For women and men interested in aesthetic surgery, selecting the right plastic surgeon is vital to receiving quality care and excellent results, says Dr. Steven H. Turkeltaub, a board-certified plastic surgeon in the Phoenix area. While experience, reputation, bedside manner and numerous other factors must go into choosing a doctor, he notes that patients should first and foremost determine if their prospective surgeon is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS).
There are many medical specialties in which doctors can become certified, states Dr. Turkeltaub. Consequently, patients should be aware that certification in any one specialty does not automatically qualify a physician as a board-certified plastic surgeon. Many physicians who perform plastic surgery procedures deceptively state that they are board-certified without clarifying that it is not in the specialty of plastic surgery.
"The doctor must be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) in order to be deemed a 'board-certified plastic surgeon,' as this is the only Member Board for plastic surgeons that's recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)," he explains.
For a surgeon to be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, it means that he or she has met or exceeded the stringent and rigorous minimal requirements as established by the Board necessary for the practice of plastic surgery medicine, Dr. Turkeltaub notes. Specifically, board-certified plastic surgeons have:
- Received six or more years of accredited specialty training, three of which were devoted to plastic surgery
- Passed a demanding exam process headed by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
- Demonstrated an ongoing commitment to upholding strict standards of safety and ethics
Ultimately, Dr. Turkeltaub states that while it should never be the sole factor for choosing a plastic surgeon, certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery can help assure patients that their prospective doctor has had at least a high level of training, credentials and experience that can help address their cosmetic concerns in the safest, most effective manner possible.
About Steven H. Turkeltaub, MD, PC
Dr. Turkeltaub is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from the Boston University and Boston University School of Medicine's six-year medical program, he pursued his residency in general surgery at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. He then completed his plastic surgery training at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, learning from some of the most well-respected plastic surgeons in the world.
At the Arizona Center for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Dr. Turkeltaub provides a wide range of cosmetic procedures, including breast augmentation, breast lift, tummy tuck surgery, mommy makeover and more. In addition, he offers numerous minimally and non-invasive treatments for individuals seeking non-surgical aesthetic care.
For more information, visit turkeltaub.com, arizonabreast.com, and facebook.com/drturkeltaub. Dr. Turkeltaub is available for interview upon request.
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