There is no board to certify cosmetic surgery that is accredited by The American Board of Medical Specialties, which oversees all specialties from Family Medicine to Neurosurgery. This means that any surgeon, or even a non-surgical doctor, can call him or herself a cosmetic surgeon without sufficient credentials to back that claim up. Not only is this misleading, but in a recent study conducted by the American Medical Association, it was found that 90 percent of participants believe knowing a surgeon’s background is vital to ensure optimal results. When you choose a breast augmentation surgeon, the education, background, and years of experience can speak volumes about their abilities. It is your right to ask for these credentials during your consultation, but a new proposal in front of Congress may make it mandatory for your surgeon to provide these to you without being asked. The Healthcare Truth and Transparency Act The Healthcare Truth and Transparency Act is a bipartisan proposal that would require surgeons to make proof of their training and qualifications available to all of their patients. This bill has the backing of the American Medical Association, the American Osteopathic Association, and the American Society of Anesthesiologists in addition to the support of several physicians. The proposal would require anyone practicing in the medical field to state their licenses and qualifications in every form of advertisement. This would reduce confusion among patients, and point people in the direction of experienced, qualified surgeons. Indianapolis, Indiana plastic surgeon * Dr. Joseph Fata is a board-certified plastic surgeon He is also on the medical staff at St. Vincent Hospital * and the Carmel Ambulatory Surgery Center. He is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), and the Indiana State Medical Association, and has been practicing plastic surgery in Indianapolis almost 20 years. Your breast augmentation surgeon’s credentials are not only important for understanding their abilities. They may make the difference between a surgery that is safe and effective, and one that is not. Making sure your plastic surgeon is board-certified and experienced is the ideal way to ensure both your safety and satisfaction. If you live in or around Indianapolis, Indiana and are looking for a qualified breast augmentation surgeon, please contact Dr. Fata at Renaissance Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation today.