This comment is in reply to the comment above from another times reader about my plans for a surgery center and multi-use building in downtown Chattanooga. My education, training and experience absolutely qualify me to perform cosmetic surgery of both the face and the body. The term "imposter" used by the previous reader is not only offensive but slanderous. The truth is that the American Board of Plastic Surgery certifies plastic surgeons and the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery certifies cosmetic surgeons. As a cosmetic surgeon I am not tring to be something other than what I am. I currently operate in a AAAHC-accredited surgery center (www.aaahc.org) in North Georgia, providing cosmetic surgical procedures to my numerous patients. Please visit my website, www.southernsurgicalarts.com, to read about my year-long post-graduate fellowship education through the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (www.cosmeticsurgery.org) and to view my before and after gallery. I am certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery and also by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, (www.americanboardcosmeticsurgery.org) which is a prestigious organization dedicated to the specialty of cosmetic surgery. I focus my practice on cosmetic, elective surgery, and I do it well, with patient safety as my primary goal.
What many in the community do not understand is that most general plastic surgery training programs are actually deficient in cosmetic surgical training, as evidenced by the recent article in "Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery." The article reports the findings of a survey of graduating plastic surgery residents from 89 programs around the country. They found that 36 percent felt that further cosmetic surgery training was necessary after completion of their plastic surgery residency. There are some plastic surgery programs in the US that offer NO cosmetic surgery training at all. So having the "ABPS" letters behind your name does not inherently mean that you are qualified or adequately trained to perform all cosmetic surgery procedures available. Simply put, plastic surgeons are qualified to perform plastic and reconstructive procedures, but they are NOT cosmetic surgeons.
I actually feel that certification by the ABCS is superior in regards to cosmetic surgery training, and I find the above comments quite ignorant. My success comes from my extensive training and experience and the quality care that my staff and I provide on a daily basis.
I am looking forward to a long and rewarding relationship with the people in my community and the surrounding areas, and I am excited about contributing to the revitalization of the Southside of Chattanooga. Please call my office to speak with a staff member or with me at any time. I always welcome your comments and questions.
Carey Nease, MD 423-266-3331