A patient asked me today about a surgeon in Sarasota who is performing breast augmentation because she could not verify that he was a plastic surgeon. I explained to her that the surgeon she mentioned was an Oral Surgeon who had done an additional fellowship in order to learn cosmetic surgery. The reason she couldn’t verify his plastic surgery credentials because he is NOT board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Next came the question any patient might ask if they knew his credentials in detail, “Why would an Oral Surgeon be performing breast augmentation?” I replied that I didn’t know, but suspected it was because cosmetic surgery is more lucrative than extracting wisdom teeth (and certainly more interesting). Admittedly this is just my opinion, since I don’t know how lucrative or interesting extracting wisdom teeth is. For all I know, it may be quite thrilling.
Besides Plastic Surgery, the specialties that you will find performing breast augmentation in Sarasota include two peculiar choices, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and ENT Surgery (aka Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery). When I mention this to patients, I usually get an incredulous look and a question like “How is this possible/legal?” This is probably the same reaction I would get if I began offering wisdom tooth extraction as one of my services. (Don’t worry! I have no desire to do this! Plus, I wasn’t trained to do this in my plastic surgery residency and there is probably a lot more to it than I imagine.)
My patient indicated she was totally unaware of the doctor’s Oral Surgery background and would never consider having someone initially trained in oral surgery do her breast augmentation, no matter how much additional training they had completed. I indicated that in Florida she has a choice and it is up to her to do her homework and find the doctor she wants for her surgery.
Admittedly, I am a little biased in this matter because I decided early on that I was interested in plastic surgery. I completed an ACGME approved plastic surgery residency in order to obtain, in my opinion, the best possible training in my field. I trained many extra years and passed a very intensive written and oral board examination in order to receive plastic surgery board certification. Having doctors with uncertain credentials and far less training, posing as plastic surgeons is particularly disturbing to me.
Given complete disclosure by their potential surgeon, I believe most patents would choose a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to perform their breast augmentation. I fear most patients who choose an oral surgeon or ear nose and throat surgeon do not realize the doctor performing their breast augmentation is not a board certified plastic surgeon.
Listed below, in alphabetical order, are the surgeons who practice primarily in Sarasota and are listed by the American Society of Plastic Surgery as being board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (the only ABMS recognized board that certifies plastic surgeons):
- Chistopher Adamson, MD
- Marguerite Barnet, MD
- Scott J. Engel, MD
- Braun H. Graham, MD
- James Marsh, MD
- David L. Mobley, MD
- Rajasekhar Nalluri, MD
- Andre, Renard, MD
- James H. Schmidt, MD
- John Strausser, MD
- Vincent VanWinkle, MD
Hopefully this will help you in your search for the right surgeon to do your breast augmentation. Obviously, I would suggest a physician who is board certified in plastic surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Any doctor you are considering who practices in Sarasota that is not listed above, is not a board certified plastic surgeon. Finally, ask yourself, “Do I really want an Oral Surgeon or Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon performing my breast augmentation?”