Be aware that there is a lot of bad information out there, making it hard for patients to sort through when they are trying to decide on a surgeon for their aesthetic procedure. Many providers try to take advantage of this fact. Patients should know if they are seeing an actual physician, and if that physician is board-certified. Some physicians may try to hide the fact that they don’t have the appropriate training by just saying “Board Certified” but not listing their specialty. “Cosmetic Surgeon” is not a legitimate board specialty recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Most people claiming to be a “Cosmetic Surgeon” are not Plastic Surgeons, and are trained in an unrelated specialty. Search your physician’s credentials to see if they are actually board certified in fields like internal medicine, emergency medicine, or OB/GYN. Also, being “double” or “triple” board certified does not mean a physician is necessarily a qualified Plastic Surgeon. Only the distinction of being “Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery” is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties as a general certificate for plastic and reconstructive surgery. Seeing “Board Certified in Plastic Surgery” helps you know your surgeon has the training to help you with your aesthetic procedure. Research your physician here.