CHOOSING A PLASTIC SURGEON
Toronto Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery Clinic
Certified Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgeon serving Vaughan, Ontario
A Plastic Surgeon is a surgical specialist (a Surgeon) who has completed a minimum of five years of study and training in Plastic Surgery after receiving a medical degree. They are specifically qualified to practice Reconstructive and Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. This qualification is regulated by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
“Cosmetic Surgeon” is a general term used by many physicians, including physicians who may not have had any formal training in surgery. There is no certification process to become a “Cosmetic Surgeon” and there is no such specialty designation by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
To become certified in Plastic Surgery, your Plastic Surgeon must first complete an approved five-year residency in Plastic Surgery. At the end of their residency training, they must pass a two day written and oral examination in all areas of Plastic Surgery. In addition, your Plastic Surgeon may have also gone on to extra training after becoming certified as a Plastic Surgeon in subspecialty areas of Plastic Surgery. This extra training is known as Fellowship training.
In order to maintain these credentials, your Plastic Surgeon must complete 400 hours of continuing medical education in Plastic Surgery in a five-year period. This is mandatory and is set out by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeon of Canada. This process continues until your Surgeon retires.
Other types of physicians performing cosmetic procedures do not have these stringent training and maintenance of certification requirements in Plastic Surgery that a fully certified Plastic Surgeon has.