Dr. Michael Spann is Board Certified in both General Surgery, by the American Board of Surgery, and Plastic Surgery, by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. These boards are recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties and represent the highest in training, testing and qualifications. This is opposed to apprenticeship “cosmetic” surgeons receive which is not acknowledged as adequately standard training.
In order to be Board Certified in Plastic Surgery, Dr. Spann completed a full five years of General Surgery followed by two years dedicated to Plastic Surgery. This was followed by 18 months of intensive testing and practice evaluation. Dr. Spann received an additional focus of training in cosmetic and aesthetic surgery, especially in the areas of facelifting (rhytidectomy), rhinoplasty (nose jobs), breast surgery (augmentation, lift, reduction, reconstruction), and abdominoplasty.
Only board certified surgeons can then become members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Easily identified as the top plastic surgeons in the world.
Not to be confused with the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery or the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Board of Plastic Surgery is one of a few surgical specialties recognized by the stringent qualifications of the American Board of Medical Specialties and is the only such board that involves the practice of aesthetic medicine and surgery. Thereby, the designation of Board Certified in Plastic Surgery carries the distinction of a surgeon qualified to the highest of standards, ethics, and capabilities in both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.
“Having achieved the Board Certification designation is a great accomplishment for me. It signifies the pinnacle of surgical education and has prepared me for the patients I have today. For example, evaluating the changes needed to achieve a profound result on facelift or rhinoplasty relates directly to those cases in which I built a portion of the face missing from trauma or congenital defects. The multitude of mastectomies and breast reconstructions I performed during residencies give me a definite edge when evaluating someone for a breast augmentation, breast lift, or breast reconstruction because I’ve seen the breast from all aspects and feel comfortable in what can and cannot be achieved safely and reliably.”