Why Being Board-Certified In Plastic Surgery Matters By Constance M. Barone, M.D. on October 06, 2018

How To Choose A Plastic Surgeon

Going in for plastic surgery can be a great choice that boosts your self esteem and gives you confidence. Research finds that patients who seek out cosmetic procedures end up happier and more confident. If you are considering a cosmetic procedure, especially a breast augmentation, there has never been a better time to start your journey. Breast augmentation is the most popular procedure in the US, and now with the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant women can have natural looking results with peace of mind. Before you begin your journey, you need to find a skilled plastic surgeon you can trust. Searching “plastic surgeons near me” won’t always bring you the results you are looking for. Learn why it is important to look for a board-certified plastic surgeon with experience and skill.



Training Matters For Plastic Surgeons

Dr. Constance Barone in San Antonio, Texas is board-certified with over 30 years of experience. Before training as a plastic surgeon, Dr. Barone was board-certified in general surgery. After seeing general surgery patients with results that were not aesthetically pleasing, Dr. Barone decided to train in plastic and reconstructive surgery. She wanted every patient to look and feel beautiful, even after a surgical procedure. Training in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery gave Dr. Barone specific skills that bring higher quality results for her patients.


What is Board-Certification?

The American Board of Plastic Surgery is a non-profit organization that manages the board-certification of plastic surgeons around the United States. Its mission is “to promote safe, ethical, efficacious plastic surgery to the public by maintaining high standards for the education, examination, certification and maintenance of certification of plastic surgeons as specialists and subspecialists.” Surgeons are not required to be board-certified in order to practice medicine. Medical licensure is managed by the states, which provides licenses to physicians who meet the minimum requirements to practice medicine. The ABPS exists to hold surgeons to a higher standard and provide for continuing education opportunities. Surgeons who choose to maintain board-certification have decided to hold themselves accountable to a higher board for education, certification, and ethics. Board-certified surgeons are required to renew their certification periodically, meaning they must be up to date with medical research and methods.


Choosing The Right Surgeon For Your Breast Augmentation

Choosing a plastic surgeon is a different process than choosing another type of doctor. This is because insurance companies do not pay for cosmetic procedures, and these procedures usually take place in a surgical center instead of a hospital. Doctors who are in-network with insurance companies tend to be board-certified to ensure quality. Similarly, many hospitals only hire doctors who are board-certified. Going outside of this system and picking your own doctor means you need to check credentials more closely. Finding plastic surgeons near me can be easier if you follow these tips:

  • Find a board-certified plastic surgeon: A plastic surgeon who is board-certified has received training specific to your needs, and shows a dedication to high standards of quality, patient care, ethics, and continuing education.

  • Look at before and after pictures: Many surgeons have before and after pictures available so you can judge their past work.

  • Pick a surgeon who offers the IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant: Surgeons who offer this new implant have listened to patient concerns and offer an option that will give them both beauty and peace of mind.

  • Read patient reviews: Websites like www.realself.com, www.google.com, and www.facebook.com have ratings and reviews from real patients.


Dr. Constance Barone: San Antonio Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Constance Barone is a highly respected plastic surgeon, teacher, author, and innovator. At her plastic surgery center she provides the safest, most advanced technologies so her patients can get the best results possible. She maintains her board-certification in plastic surgery, showing patients she adheres to the high standards set by the ABPS. In addition to her board-certification, Dr. Barone is a member of several prestigious medical organizations including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, and the Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons. Read the review below to see what a recent patient had to say about her experience:


“I chose Dr. Barone because I wanted the latest technology in breast implants (Ideal Implants) and she was one of the only doctors in San Antonio to offer them and she is one of the top rated plastic surgeons in the US!... I had no complications after surgery and my new breasts look the best they ever have! I used to feel self conscious about my previous implants because I always felt they didn't look as good as they could but Dr. Barone did such a beautiful job and I now feel comfortable wearing lower cut tops and every time I see my new implants I am finally 100% happy with what I see!”

Google.com reviewer Jeannettie P


If you’re considering a breast augmentation or searching for plastic surgeons near me, visit Dr. Barone. Call her office at 210-614-0400 to schedule your complimentary, no-obligation consultation.

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Dr. Constance Barone

Dr. Constance Barone

Dr. Constance Barone in San Antonio, TX, and her team pride themselves in delivering safe, compassionate care tailored to your individual needs. She has been voted one of the Top Plastic Surgeons in America and her professional affiliations include:

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery

To schedule a consultation and learn more about how Dr. Barone can help you achieve your aesthetic goals, contact our office online, or call (210) 614-0400.

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