It seems like a common sense statement, but plastic surgery is a very personal decision. It’s easy to become focused on your prospective surgeon’s personality and how they make you feel instead of their medical credentials; however, this aspect is very important. When choosing to have a plastic surgery procedure it’s important to have full knowledge of all the factors involved. With 20 years of experience performing plastic surgery procedures, board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ed Pittman understands how to tailor the right procedure to each patient’s specific needs and is dedicated to providing safe, private and comfortable care.

Plastic surgeons are board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). ABPS is one of the 24 specialty boards recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. By choosing a board certified plastic surgeon, you can be assured that the doctor has graduated from an accredited medical school and has completed at least five years of additional training as a resident surgeon. Certification is a voluntary process a surgeon seeks after formal training, and they must also pass comprehensive written and oral exams. Dr. Ed Pittman received board certification in 1995 after completing residencies at Wake Forest University Medical Center and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

Most reputable plastics surgeons will also maintain memberships with professional organizations such as The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Memberships with these associations mean that the surgeon is actively involved with continuing education events and has access to the latest plastic surgery technology and techniques.

In addition to finding a surgeon who can answer any procedure-related questions and calm any nervousness, certifications ensure the doctor has the skill to support your desired plastic surgery results. It’s important to do your research and find a doctor who is board certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery because any physician who holds a medical license can legally advertise as a plastic surgeon. After you have reviewed the credentials of a plastic surgeon, make an appointment for an initial consultation so you can personally meet the surgeon. Dr. Ed Pittman and his medical team always welcome prospective patients to schedule a consultation to give you a chance to meet them and get a feel for their “family like” office environment.

During a consultation Dr. Pittman will examine you, collect a thorough medical history, and explain the prospective procedure and discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

To learn more about Dr. Ed Pittman and the breast surgery, facial plastic surgery, and body contouring procedures he provides, visit his website and continue to read his blog. Be sure to connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, andGoogle+ for the latest plastic surgery news.