The Importance of Board-certification

Here’s a frightening truth: anyone with a medical degree can call himself a “cosmetic surgeon” and perform complex aesthetic procedures – regardless of training or background. Literally anyone. With this laxity in titles, how do you protect yourself from selecting a surgeon who is underqualified and potentially unskilled in cosmetic surgery? By choosing one that is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS).

McLean plastic surgeon Roberta Gartside is board-certified by the ABPS. This means that, in addition to graduating from an accredited medical school, Dr. Gartside received additional training in plastic and reconstructive surgery, completed residencies focused on aesthetic procedures, and passed demanding oral and written examinations administered by the board. Continued certification requires she follow strict ethical guidelines, provide the safest environment and most advanced techniques, and produce consistently pleasing results for our patients. Only by choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon can you be sure the person operating on you holds to these higher practices and principles.

Your choice of surgeon will impact your safety during your procedure and your results after. If you are looking for a board-certified plastic surgeon in McLean, please contact New Image Plastic Surgery Associates online or by calling Dr. Gartside at 703-742-8004 today.