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When deciding to have a cosmetic procedure, it can be overwhelming trying to choose your surgeon. You will have the choice between a board-certified plastic surgeon versus a cosmetic surgeon. When deciding on a plastic surgeon to perform your breast or body procedure, it is important to choose a surgeon that makes you feel comfortable and safe; as well as being board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. The American Board of Plastic Surgery is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties, whereas the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery is not. Cosmetic surgeons may be certified in other specialties however are not board-certified in plastic surgery, which can be misleading. 

So, what does it mean to be board-certified in plastic surgery? A board-certified plastic surgeon has completed a rigorous, 6-year plastic surgery training program following medical school, passed written and oral examinations, and participates in continuing education and testing.

Dr. Prince attended medical school at UAMS and completed a 6-year integrated plastic surgery residency at University South Florida in Tampa. A great resource to use when looking up potential surgeons and to check if they are a board-certified plastic surgeon is

Chart showing the differences between a plastic surgeon and a cosmetic surgeon