It is important to make an informed decision regarding undergoing plastic surgery, as it can be a life-changing decision. There are many myths regarding plastic surgery, which can make the process of educating yourself more difficult. We, at Brandon Plastic Surgery, have debunked some popular plastic surgery myths so can you feel confident in your plastic surgery decisions.

Myth #1: Only board-certified plastic surgeons can perform plastic surgery or cosmetic procedures.

Truth: Any doctor with a valid medical license can perform plastic surgery or cosmetic surgery procedures. Because of this, it is very important that you do your research and be sure to find a board-certified plastic surgeon for best results.

Myth #2: Plastic surgery procedures are always performed in an accredited operating facility.

Truth: Only board-certified plastic surgeons are required to perform surgery in an accreted facility. This means that surgery from doctors who are not board-certified could result in unwanted side-effects or complications.

Myth #3: All Cosmetic surgeons are plastic surgeons.

Truth: Only physicians certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) are true plastic surgeons. These physicians must achieve 6-9 years of medical training, as well as pass a rigorous oral exam. Cosmetic surgeons are not required to complete the same education and training.

Dr. Shienbaum is double board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He has been a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons for over twenty-five years.

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Double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Shienbaum has over 30 years of experience in all forms of Cosmetic Surgery, including Tummy Tuck, Liposuction, Mommy Makeover, Breast Augmentation, and the Brazilian Butt Lift. He serves patients in the entire Tampa Bay area, including Riverview, Lakeland, Brandon, and Tampa, Florida. To find out more about the procedures near you, please visit