Why Board-Certification Matters

Seeing a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Landis is crucial for patients considering any type of plastic surgery. Not all boards are legitimate ACGME-accredited boards, which can be confusing for patients. The ASPS led a campaign for patients to “Do your homework” which encourages patients to advocate for themselves and ask their surgeons about their training and certifications.

Here are reasons that board-certification matters:

1. Expertise and Skill: Board certification ensures that the surgeon has undergone rigorous training and education in the field of plastic surgery. They have completed a recognized plastic surgery residency program and have acquired the necessary knowledge, skills, and experience to perform safe and effective procedures. Dr. Landis underwent a 5-year general surgery residency and obtained board-certification in General Surgery. She also completed a 3-year plastic surgery fellowship and obtained board-certification in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.

2. Specialized Training: Plastic surgeons who are board-certified have received specialized training in plastic surgery techniques, including cosmetic surgery, reconstructive surgery, hand surgery, pediatric surgery and craniofacial surgery. They have a thorough understanding of the complexities involved in all aspects of the body and are equipped to handle any potential complications that may arise.

3. Safety and Quality: Board-certified plastic surgeons prioritize patient safety and adhere to strict ethical standards. They operate in accredited facilities, use proper surgical techniques, and follow established safety protocols to minimize the risk of complications and ensure optimal outcomes. Dr. Landis holds privileges and operates at Oklahoma Surgical Hospital, Memorial Surgery Center, and St. John Medical center, which are all accredited facilities.

4. Comprehensive Evaluation and Individualized Treatment: Board-certified plastic surgeons conduct thorough evaluations of each patient to assess their unique needs, medical history, and aesthetic goals. They develop personalized treatment plans tailored to the individual, taking into consideration their overall health, body proportions, and desired outcomes. Dr. Landis requires all patients to be in good physical health to undergo surgery to ensure a reliable and safe outcome.

5. Continual Professional Development: Board certification is not a one-time achievement. Plastic surgeons must maintain their certification by participating in ongoing education and staying updated on the latest advancements in the field. This ensures that they are knowledgeable about the most current techniques and approaches to deliver the best possible care to their patients. Dr. Landis routinely undergoes testing to maintain her board-certification and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Aesthetic Society which require the highest professional standards.

6. Ethical Standards and Patient Advocacy: Board-certified plastic surgeons are committed to upholding ethical standards and promoting patient well-being. They prioritize patient education, informed consent, and ethical practices, ensuring that patients are fully informed about the risks, benefits, and alternatives of the procedures they are considering.

7. Reliable Referral Network: Board-certified plastic surgeons often have strong relationships with other medical professionals, including specialists in related fields. This allows for seamless collaboration and referral to ensure comprehensive care for patients, particularly in cases where multiple procedures or specialties may be involved.

Choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon gives patients confidence in their surgeon’s qualifications, expertise, and commitment to patient safety. It is essential to research and verify a surgeon’s board certification before undergoing any plastic surgery procedure to ensure the best possible results and minimize potential risks. Dr. Landis encourages all patients to be informed about their plastic surgeon’s credentials and if their board is ACGME-accredited.