Some Things to Consider When Choosing a Surgeon

Many specialties qualify surgeons to perform facial plastic surgery, such as training focusing solely on plastic and reconstructive facial surgery of the face, head, and neck. Surgeons also complete a five-year residency in otorhinolaryngology/head and neck Surgery, which gives them board eligibility by the American Board of Medical Subspecialties to practice head and neck surgery and facial plastic surgery. Specialists such as Dr. Murphy then complete a Fellowship sponsored by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Following the Fellowship, a surgeon should become board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. Dr. Murphy is double board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

How to choose a plastic surgeon

When you’re ready to choose the best plastic surgeon in Jupiter for your needs, consider the following factors:

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Because each area of cosmetic surgery requires different skills, cosmetic surgeons can have subspecialties within the field. As such, you should choose a surgeon who is board-certified in cosmetic surgery and has substantial experience in the procedure you are considering. For example, if you’re pursuing rhinoplasty, you should choose a surgeon specializing in “nose jobs” instead of breast augmentation.

When consulting with a plastic surgeon, ask the following questions to determine whether they are the best fit for your aesthetic goals:

  • How did you train in the procedure I want?
  • How many years have you been performing this procedure?
  • How many times have you performed this type of procedure?

However, it is essential to avoid getting stuck on the number of procedures performed because anyone can give you a “number.” Instead, determine whether the surgeon frequently performs this surgery. It would be best if you also asked to see before and after pictures to get a good idea of the results they consistently produce.

Surgical Facilities

The location of the practice or surgical center where your surgery is performed will significantly affect the cost; however, for your safety, do not make your final decision based on price alone. Ensure that your procedure will be performed in a licensed facility and that a board-certified anesthesiologist will perform anesthesiology services, such as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) or Board Certified Anesthesiologist. When looking for the best facial plastic surgeon in Jupiter, you should consider whether the surgical facility is accredited. Because cosmetic plastic surgeries can generally occur outside the hospital, ensuring that the facility is held to the highest standards of safety, quality, and patient care is critical. To determine whether a credible organization accredits a surgeon’s operating facility, you should look for at least one of the following certifications:

  • State licensure
  • Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)
  • American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAASF)
  • Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care
  • Title XVIII Medicare participation

Board Certification

Before scheduling a consultation with a potential plastic surgeon, you'll want to check to see if the surgeon has the proper credentials. Your surgeon should be board-certified by the ABPS, the gold standard in plastic surgery certification and the only plastic surgery board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialities. ABPS-certified plastic surgeons have extensive training and experience in cosmetic surgery procedures. Additionally, they are held to the field's highest ethical, safety, and treatment standards.

These credentials are essential signifiers that you can trust the surgeon to be highly trained and qualified to perform your procedure.

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Why choose Dr. Mark R. Murphy as your plastic surgeon?

Dr. Murphy is a respected and skilled surgeon focused on cosmetic facial plastic surgery and reconstruction of the face after skin cancer surgery or facial trauma. In addition to his outstanding education, he was chosen from over 40 candidates for one of the most coveted fellowship programs offered under the direction of Calvin M. Johnson, Jr., MD, at Tulane University. This prestigious fellowship is sanctioned by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Murphy is board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons and The American Board of Medical Subspecialties to practice head and neck surgery and facial plastic surgery. A facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Murphy limits his practice to the face, head, and neck. A background in head and neck surgery and subspecialty training in facial plastic surgery provides unique knowledge of the face and its underlying structures. This is why you should “Trust your face to a facial plastic surgeon — trust your face to Dr. Mark R. Murphy.”

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