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Dr. Caroline Glicksman, a board certified plastic surgeon in Sea Girt, New Jersey, and one of only a handful of female plastic surgeons in the state, discusses her practice philosophy. Dr. Glicksman has been providing a full spectrum of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery for over 20 years, including Botox and Juvederm, and laser skin rejuvenation. Her New Jersey plastic surgery practice includes all areas of breast surgery, including breast augmentation. She uses primarily silicone gel breast implants, and has been a clinical investigator in the Allergan style 410 form stable highly cohesive gel silicone breast implant studies, also known as “Gummy Bear” breast implants, since 2005.

Choosing A Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

The field of cosmetic & plastic surgery has evolved over the centuries. From the earliest documented reconstructive procedures of the sixteenth century performed to restore a lost nose, to modern day microsurgery and face transplants; the field of is constantly transforming. Plastic and Cosmetic surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery are credentialed to perform complex procedures such as trauma surgery, burn surgery, reconstruction after cancer, and the reconstruction of birth defects. They also routinely perform elective procedures such as facial surgery, breast augmentation, liposuction, and body contouring.

However, this may not be the case for a rising number of physicians who claim to be experts in the new and expanding field of “Cosmetic or Aesthetic Medicine”. In an era where physicians across the country are struggling with falling compensation for their services, there has been a torrent of new “cosmetic” and “aesthetic” doctors materialize. Straying far from their own areas of board certification, the majority of these practitioners leap into cosmetic practices with very little, if any, training in cosmetic or plastic surgery. Many of these practitioners may have received certification for office procedures such as fillers, Botox™ or laser after as little as a weekend of training. Dr. Glicksman is a board-certified cosmetic surgeon in practice since 1991. She completed her training in general surgery and plastic and reconstructive surgery, and then went on to complete a fellowship in cosmetic surgery at the prestigious Massachusetts General Hospital. What distinguishes her practice from these “cosmetic” doctors is not only her comprehensive training, but also over twenty years of experience as a cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon.

If you are considering plastic surgery, or even a non-surgical rejuvenation procedure, be sure that you select a board certified physician.…then ask WHAT board? Be certain to ask if he or she is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.