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What Does It Mean to Be Board-Certified in Plastic Surgery?


When choosing a plastic surgeon for your treatment, it is essential to select one with the right credentials, experience, and skill. One of the best ways of measuring experience is through board certification. Obtaining a plastic surgery board certification involves undergoing extensive training, completing a specialized residency program, and passing rigorous examinations. Dr. David Passaretti in Darien, CT, is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has been recognized as one of the "Top Docs" by Connecticut Magazine for several years. As such, when you entrust Dr. Passaretti with your care, you can feel confident that you will receive personalized services tailored to your unique needs.

Cosmetic vs. Plastic Surgeons

Many patients believe that the terms cosmetic surgeon and plastic surgeon are interchangeable. While the two professions often overlap, cosmetic surgery focuses solely on enhancing the appearance of the body. Cosmetic surgeons may implement both surgical and non-surgical techniques, but they are limited to procedures designed to achieve aesthetic goals.

In contrast, a plastic surgeon has completed a dedicated residency program. Plastic surgeons can perform cosmetic procedures, but their specialty is reconstruction. Their unique training and experience allow them to restore areas compromised by age, disease, and other concerns and improve your overall appearance. As a plastic surgeon, Dr.  Passaretti can reconstruct the tissues and muscles in treatment areas to provide comprehensive, aesthetic results.

In addition to being board-certified, Dr. Passaretti teaches at some of the top medical schools in the country.

Why Choose a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon?

Choosing a surgeon who is board-certified in plastic surgery can ensure your safety and ensure better results. You can also benefit from the peace of mind that stems from knowing your doctor has undergone rigorous training and examination. The most important step when deciding on a plastic surgeon is to research their credentials. Board certification is a clear indicator that your surgeon has specialized in plastic surgery and has been held to the exacting standards of the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Board Certification Requirements

American Board of Plastic Surgery logoIn order to become certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a surgeon must complete both a written and oral examination. However, there are several prerequisites a surgeon must complete before being eligible to sit for these examinations, including: 

  • Four years of college
  • Four years of medical school
  • A one-year internship in General Surgery
  • A residency in General Surgery, Otolaryngology (Head and Neck Surgery), Orthopedic Surgery, Urology, or Neurosurgery which typically takes four to seven years
  • Two to three years of residency in Plastic Surgery

These preliminary requirements mean that a board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Passaretti has already completed at least 15 years of training before beginning the certification process. After completing a residency, it generally takes another six to 18 months to prepare for the written examination, as well as at least another 18 months to train for the oral examination. The American Board of Plastic Surgery also requires surgeons to periodically complete continuing education courses so they are up-to-date on the latest trends and techniques in the field.

Benefit from Compassionate, Experienced Care

In addition to being board-certified, Dr. Passaretti teaches at some of the top medical schools in the country. He will take the time to listen to your goals and concerns and educate you about your treatment options, so you can make an informed decision. To find out more, contact our office online or call (203) 642-1891 and schedule a consultation at our state-of-the-art facility.

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722 Post Rd
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Darien, CT 06820

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