Why choose Children's Physician Group?
Children's is home to one of the leading pediatric plastic surgery and craniofacial programs in the country. Combining the latest proven technology and research with a caring, child-friendly approach, makes Children's a top choice for your child's common and complex conditions.
What to look for in a plastic surgeon
Plastic surgery is more popular than ever, and parents are often bombarded with confusing messages about their choices when seeking a plastic surgeon for their child. Many providers make extravagant claims, or offer deals that seem too good to be true. In the flood of information, it can be difficult to determine who to trust.
At Children’s, we believe these are some of the most important things that parents should look for in a plastic surgeon:
- Board certification: The term “board certified” carries a great deal of weight in the medical profession, but when it’s misused it can often be misleading. The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) is the only organization recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) for certifying plastic surgeons in the U.S. The ABPS helps to ensure that certified plastic surgeons adhere to the highest standards of patient care and safety.
- Hospital privileges: Not all surgeons have privileges at pediatric hospitals; sometimes they perform procedures under less than optimal conditions. While certain procedures can be safely performed in an office setting, making sure that your plastic surgeon has privileges at an accredited pediatric hospital ensures that issues can be fully addressed appropriately, in a timely manner and in a child-friendly environment.
- Experience and recognition: Often, the best way to determine the skill of a plastic surgeon is to find out how they are regarded by their peers and patients. Look for a doctor who is a member of highly regarded professional organizations, who has published articles in peer-reviewed medical journals, and who is sought out as an expert instructor in his field.
Plastic surgery is not something that should be taken lightly, especially when it comes to your child. Rest assured that all of our pediatric plastic surgeons are board certified in plastic surgery and have hospital privileges at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. At Children’s, a pediatric anesthesiologist is guaranteed for your child’s surgery.