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american-board-of-plastic-surgeons-logo-270x223When choosing what you think is a plastic surgeon for surgical or non-surgical aesthetic enhancement, making sure that your prospective doctor is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) is critical to enhancing your chances for receiving optimal quality of care. While a practitioner who offers cosmetic surgery at his or her practice may be board-certified or they refer to themselves deceptively as a cosmetic surgeon or even a plastic surgeon or as “doing plastic surgery” this does not necessarily mean that he or she is a board-certified plastic surgeon.

The doctor must be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) in order to be deemed to be a “board-certified plastic surgeon,” as this is the only Member Board for plastic surgeons that is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS).

To obtain ABPS certification, physicians must complete a minimum of six years of accredited specialty training (at least three of which are devoted to plastic surgery) and pass a rigorous examination process conducted by the board itself. Once certified, they must participate in ongoing professional education and training to further their knowledge, pass re-examination every ten years (if certification was received after 1995) and continue to uphold strict ethical standards in their practice.

Of course, certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery is not a guarantee of a particular level of results, ethics or the like. It is, however, a testament that your plastic surgeon has had extensive and intense training in plastic surgery that can lead to a high caliber of care, safety, excellence, decision making and professionalism.

Steven H. Turkeltaub, M.D. P.C.
Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona

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A Message Regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19

In light of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to let you know of some of the major precautions we are taking in our office to maximize cleanliness and keep the environment as sanitary and safe as possible. Our highest priority is always to ensure the safety of every individual who sees us and we are taking extreme infection-control measures to maintain cleanliness and “sterility” of surfaces and the overall environment.

We will be limiting dates and times for office appointments and consultations due to safety and other issues. Consequently, if you have already made an office appointment or consultation prior to March 18, 2020 to occur at a later time, this may need to be changed.

For anyone considering plastic surgery, we are now offering Virtual Consultations and Telemedicine through Skype. A great number of aesthetic or insurance-related issues can be evaluated via pictures and online video conferencing, making this an excellent way to find out more about particular procedures, determine candidacy for treatment, receive answers to questions and facilitate being able to move forward with care once the government lifts all restrictions.

In an abundance of caution, we are asking all current patients who are experiencing a fever, cough, chills, fatigue or any type of respiratory illness to please delay any upcoming appointments at our practice. We can talk with you by phone or email to establish a new date and time for the appointment.

We are all in this together. Our team urges everyone to follow the guidelines recommended by local health authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which include frequent handwashing for a minimum of 20 seconds, social distancing, staying home if you are feeling sick, and contacting your healthcare provider if you feel you are experiencing symptoms.

For more information, please read our blog – Coronavirus and You: Important Information

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