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How to Choose a Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon

February 15th, 2013 Miguel A. Delgado Jr, MD

San Francisco Bay area patients often ask “how does one go about finding a good qualified plastic surgeon?” The internet is a good source of information, but most surgeons sound good if you look at their website. What exactly is one to look for that determines the qualifications of a surgeon? Whether you are looking to have a facelift, mommy makeover or breast reduction you want to make sure your surgeon is Board Certified in Plastic Surgery. You may ask, “What does Board Certified mean?”

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) one of the most prestigious plastic surgery societies in the United States, a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon is one who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), the only board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). To be certified by the ABPS, a physician must have at least 5 years of approved surgical training, including a residency in plastic surgery.

ASAPS states further that physicians who call themselves “cosmetic surgeons” could be trained in any specialty, including a non-surgical specialty, because anyone who has a medical license can legally call him or herself a surgeon even if they have no formal surgical training. ASAPS warns: state laws permit any licensed physician to call him  or herself a “plastic” or “cosmetic” surgeon – even if he or she has not been trained as a plastic surgeon or has had no surgical training at all – prospective patients must select their doctor carefully.

Marin County patients should not be hesitant to ask their surgeon during consultation if he or she is Board Certified in Plastic Surgery, the only doctor that might be offended would be one that is not.

Ask friends who are happy with their plastic surgery results for a referral. Be sure to see many before and after pictures of the surgeon’s patients.

Welcome To The New Plastic Surgery Blog Website of Miguel A. Delgado Jr, MD, FACS

September 8th, 2010 Miguel A. Delgado Jr, MD

With so much happening in the world of plastic surgery, the internet is a great source for finding out much needed information. It is with this new site that Dr. Miguel Delgado wishes to extend his vast knowledge of cosmetic surgery to those who are seeking the most up to date procedures and products available. There is a lot of information now through the media, stories such as what Heidi Montag has been going through can be confusing. How does one figure out if a product or plastic surgery procedure is actually safe and delivers what is promised? Where better than your plastic surgeon to find out if the “something new” is actually of benefit to the patient or to the benefit of the manufacturer.

It is through this blog site that Dr. Delgado plans to keep his patients and any who are seeking knowledge with pertinent information as it becomes available to him. Please check back often for new updates. If you have a specific question you may direct it to: [email protected]. Or call us at (415) 898-4161. You are also invited to visit his website at