What Is a “Double Board Certified” Facial Plastic Surgeon?

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If you’ve been researching surgeons to perform facial plastic surgery, you have likely seen doctors (like Dr. Athré) who promote themselves as “double board certified.” Certainly, being certified by 2 different boards sounds more impressive than a single board certification, but what exactly does it mean?

Defining Double Board Certification 

A “double board-certified” facial plastic surgeon is a surgeon who has achieved certification from two different medical boards, specifically in the field of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. This distinction reflects a high level of expertise and dedication to the practice of facial plastic surgery. Here’s what the term means:

  • Board Certification in Otolaryngology (ENT): The first board certification typically held by a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon is in Otolaryngology, also known as Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) surgery. ENT surgeons are trained to diagnose and treat disorders and conditions of the head and neck, including the nose, ears, throat, and related structures. This training is essential for facial plastic surgeons because it covers the anatomical foundation for facial surgery.
  • Board Certification in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: The second board certification is in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. This certification specifically focuses on cosmetic and reconstructive procedures involving the face, head, and neck. To become double board-certified in this field, the surgeon must undergo additional specialized training and pass a rigorous examination to demonstrate their expertise in facial plastic surgery.

What Does It Mean for You?

By achieving dual board certification in these two fields, a facial plastic surgeon demonstrates a high level of commitment to their specialty and the highest standards of training and competence. Patients often seek out double board-certified facial plastic surgeons because of their extensive education, experience, and specialization in procedures involving the face and neck.

Double board certification can provide assurance that the surgeon has met stringent educational and training requirements and is dedicated to delivering safe and effective surgical outcomes in the field of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. While double board certification alone is an excellent credential for your facial plastic surgeon, also keep in mind that there are additional things you need to achieve a great result. For instance, your surgeon needs to have a proven track record of achieving natural-looking, highly satisfying results for patients. 

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