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Dr. Kimberly Short:  Making Sense of Board Certification

Almost everyone has heard they should look for “board certification” when seeking a qualified plastic surgeon (or any other physician).  Most people don’t fully understand exactly what this means and what is involved in becoming “board certified.”  We believe all patients need this information to make informed choices in their search for the right surgeon, surgery facility, and anesthesia provider.

At the Gillian Institute, we have gone to great effort and expense to ensure the highest standard of safety for our patients.  As you consider plastic surgery, we hope the following information will help you evaluate the choices available to you.

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) is the agency that oversees sub-specialty boards.  More than 100 “boards” have been submitted to the ABMS for formal approval but only 24 have met their strict educational and examination criteria.  The American Board of Plastic Surgery is the only ABMS board that has traditionally overseen the training and certification of plastic and reconstructive surgeons.  Certification from other boards does not give you the same protection.  Other boards have a less strict criteria for certification and may only require a payment fee for proof of certification.

Boards that have NOT been approved by the ABMS include:  Cosmetic Plastic Surgery or the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, Facial Cosmetic Surgery, Plastic Aesthetic Surgery, Cosmetic Dermatology, or Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery.  Many types of licensed physicians may perform plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures such as General Surgeons, Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeons, Dermatologists, Gynecologists, and Family Physicians.  There is not one board that oversees all cosmetic surgeons or determines which physicians can do cosmetic procedures.  Unfortunately, patient ultimately have the responsibility to determine which physicians are qualified in cosmetic surgery.  To determine whether a physician is trained and board certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery, you may go to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) website at www.plasticsurgery.org.  You may also want to contact the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS) at www.surgery.org whom admits only board certified plastic surgeons who specialize in cosmetic surgery and a majority of their practice is devoted to the field of Aesthetic (Cosmetic) surgery.

Dr. Kimberly Short is an active member of both the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS).  NOTE:  Only members may display the ASPS and ASAPS logos.  These are symbols of excellence in plastic surgery and these are the symbols you want to look for as a patient when seeking a plastic surgeon.  It tells you that your choosing a physician who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

What are the Top 5 Questions to Ask Your Plastic Surgeon?

1.  What is your board certification, and what professional societies are you a member of for example, the ASPS?

2.  Is the facility where I would have my procedure accredited? By which organization? At which hospitals do you have staff privileges for the procedure you will perform on me?

3.  What procedure do you recommend to help me best achieve my goals? What are the risks of the procedure and what is the recovery period anticipated?

4.  Who administers the anesthesia? Ideally, this person is a board certified anesthesiologist for all procedures   requiring general anesthesia.

5.  What is your recent experience in performing the procedure you are recommending for me?  May I see before and after photographs of your patients’ results?

What Patients Are Saying

I had a face lift, eyes upper and lower, neck. To this day I still get the comment. “You look so good” What did you do? It was the best thing I ever did and would recommend it to anyone. No pain, No problems. Thanks to Dr. Short and her team, they make you feel at home. They are the BEST !!!! * 



Penny O

I would refer Dr.Short to all of my friend and family. She are her staff was very professional and was willing to answer any question that I had. My surgery was a breast augmentation, I was a size A and went to a cup size D. I am very pleased and so happy with the out come. Dr.Short is the best there is. I would never even consider going any place else. *

Jennifer K

I came to Dr. Short for a Breast Augmentation and tummy tuck about 3 1/2 years ago. I was a mother of 5 children and had spent the past 15 years giving birth and taking care of kids. Even before the kids though, I struggled with a poochy tummy. I decided for my 40th birthday that I was finally going to do something about it. I searched the internet extensively and finally found Dr. Short. The results she was showing on her website were exactly what I was looking for. I flew out from Washington State for my consultation and immediately liked her and her entire staff. They put me at ease and answered all my questions.

I was thrilled with the results of the surgery. I went immediately from a size 12 to a size 4. I couldn’t believe it. The surgery got me so motivated that I continued to diet and exercise and have now dropped another 13 pounds and now wear a size 0. In addition to the fantastic results, Dr. Short and her staff made me feel like a girlfriend. I felt that they truly understood what my needs were, not just clinically, but from a woman’s perspective. I can’t recommend Dr. Short and her office enough for any cosmetic procedure. Thank you so much. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. *

Allissa S

I went to Dr. Short 2 years ago with an A cup breast size. She gave me a low C cup, and i get compliments on my breasts daily. They are very natural looking and feeling. A lot of people do not even believe me when I tell them I have had breast augmentation. Shes the best and I’m very very pleased with the outcome of the surgery. *

Deborah M

I used Dr.Short for a breast enlargement. I was more then impressed with the results. They did a great job and I recommend her all the time to people who ask for a Dr. I went in with a lot of questions and attended a seminar that helped me feel at ease. The surgery was not as bad as everyone makes it out to be. I was back to normal in no time. The scars left are not even visible unless you look really hard. I highly recommend Dr.Short. They made me feel comfortable by having proper follow up appointments to make sure that everything was ok with surgery. I have nothing bad to say about my whole experience. It is going on three years now and I have had no complications at all. Dr. Short does a great job of giving you a natural look and making sure she keeps the look proportional to your body type. She really does a great job. *

Amy B
* Disclaimer: The claims made on this website are not intended to represent the results that every patient can expect. Surgical results vary greatly from patient to patient and are not guaranteed.

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