The Importance Of Choosing A Board Certified Plastic Surgeon For Your BBL In NJ

If you’ve done any research at all on Brazilian butt lift surgery, often known as BBL, in New Jersey, you’ve definitely come across some unsettling anecdotes about patients who had major issues after their treatments. A similar concern runs across all of these accounts: the procedures in question were carried out by medical professionals who lacked American Board of Plastic Surgery certification.

As the demand for a fuller and more voluptuous buttocks region increased over the previous decade, an increasing number of doctors who lacked the necessary qualifications in cosmetic surgery and, more especially, in BBL treatments began offering the operation to patients. They often promoted themselves to the public as “board-certified” medical professionals by utilizing the names of organizations that had an air of authority, despite the fact that their education in cosmetic surgery was quite limited.

It is essential to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon for any surgical operation, but this is particularly true for one such as Brazilian butt lift surgery, which requires outstanding competence in addition to a concern for the patient’s safety. That said, choosing a board-certified surgeon like Dr. Gartner can not only guarantee exceptional results but it also assures that your surgery goes smoothly and safely. Let’s go over the importance of these qualifications in this blog.

The Basics: What Exactly Is Entailed In A Brazilian Butt Lift?

A BBL is most correctly defined as buttock augmentation, despite the fact that its name also contains the term “butt lift.” In the past, doctors would inject silicone implants into a patient’s buttocks in order to improve their appearance. When it comes to creating more shapely outlines, the BBL is a game-changer since it leverages the patient’s own fat. This fat is removed by liposuction from places such as the belly or the thighs.

In order to prevent embolisms from occurring, surgeons performing the fat transfer procedure, also known as fat grafting, must be exceedingly cautious to avoid injecting the fat at too deep of a depth. An embolism caused by fat may lead to significant problems in certain cases.

At Gartner Plastic Surgery in NJ, our medical team employs only cutting-edge methods to enhance the safety of their surgeries as well as the quality of the results they achieve.

What Does Board Certification Mean?

The American Board of Plastic Surgery is the only cosmetic surgery board that is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties, which is the organization that sets the highest standard for medical care in the United States. Although many cosmetic surgeons are also members of professional groups, the only thing that guarantees that a surgeon is actually competent and has had extensive training is certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery also known as the ABPS.

The following requirements must be met for a surgeon to get certification from the ABPS:

  • Complete a total of 6 years of surgical training, of which at least 3 years should be dedicated exclusively to plastic surgery.
  • Successfully complete verbal and written tests.
  • To keep their certification current, they must pass regular exams and participate in continuous educational opportunities.
  • Only operate inside premises that have been approved.
  • Be sure to abide by a stringent moral code.

If a patient wants to make an informed decision about where to have any sort of cosmetic or reconstructive plastic surgery, the best and, in all honesty, the only way they can do so is by doing as much research as they possibly can. On the website of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, you are able to check the certification status of a surgeon or you can trust a board-certified plastic surgeon with decades of experience such as our very own Dr. Gartner in New Jersey, who has successfully followed all of those requirements as well.

Questions To Ask Your Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Before you go in for surgery, there are a few very crucial things you need to ask your surgeon in order to be sure you get the best possible outcomes. When assessing whether or not you would be a good candidate for plastic surgery, it is very important that you and your surgeon have an open line of communication. During your appointment, there are a few crucial questions that need to be answered, and here they are:

  • Is your doctor recognized by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons as a board-certified plastic surgeon?
  • Is the American Society of Plastic Surgeons an organization that your doctor belongs to?
  • Has your surgeon completed any further training in the field of plastic surgery? How many years of experience do they have under their belt?
  • Have they already worked with patients who needed the treatment you are thinking about having? If so, how frequently?

Additional Significant Factors To Consider

When it comes to having any kind of cosmetic or reconstructive surgery or treatment done, it is of the utmost importance to choose a board-certified surgeon. Here are a few additional reasons why this is the case.


Plastic surgery is a subspecialty of general surgery that requires a significant amount of study and practice over a prolonged period of time. You may have peace of mind knowing that your practitioner has successfully completed a minimum of five years of supervised surgical training focusing on cosmetic surgery of the face and body if you decide to go with a board-certified plastic surgeon.

Even if they haven’t finished an ABPS-approved program or a plastic surgery residency, any licensed doctor with a medical degree may call oneself a “cosmetic” surgeon and market themselves to patients as such. Board-certified plastic surgeons have the opportunity to refine their technical abilities, which ultimately results in higher quality treatment and better outcomes for their patients.


Not only does extensive training and understanding in all aspects of plastic surgery give the surgeon a technical skill, but it also provides a sharper eye for aesthetics. It is not necessary for a surgeon to have aesthetic judgment in order to determine which size of silicone implant would best compliment a patient’s frame but choosing a surgeon with that extensive experience will only ensure that you get exceptional results that suit your body and that you will enjoy for years to come.


If you go with a surgeon who has received board certification, you can be confident that the surgical facility in which they work is one that is not only safe but also well-equipped and has been approved. It is also a good idea to inquire about the hospital privileges held by your board-certified practitioner. This is due to the fact that hospitals do exhaustive background checks on physicians before granting hospital privileges.

What Are The Advantages Of Choosing A Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon?

As we’ve previously noted, there are many benefits to choosing a certified and experienced board-certified plastic surgeon. The American Board of Plastic Surgery is the only board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties that certifies surgeons to perform plastic surgery on both the body and the face. This means that ABPS certification allows surgeons to perform plastic surgery on both the body and the face. Members of ABPS have been held to the greatest standards of professionalism, safety, and ethics ever since the organization was established almost eight decades ago. ABPS accreditation is only given out if a surgeon has met the following requirements:

  • Have earned their doctoral degrees in medicine.
  • Have finished their residency programs in plastic surgery.
  • Have participated in a minimum of five years’ worth of postgraduate study and testing in their respective surgical specialities or sub-specialties.
  • Have demonstrated their expertise in their respective specialities or sub-specialties by passing rigorous oral and written tests.
  • And have chosen to perform surgeries in their own private facilities, but have still maintained their hospital privileges and completed a certain amount of training and continuing education coursework each year in order to keep their ABPS certification.

It is imperative that you differentiate the American Board of Plastic Surgery from any other board. No matter what other organizations a surgeon belongs to, if they are not board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, then they cannot be considered a board-certified plastic surgeon. This is true even if the physician has certification from another organization. You may assure your safety, comfort, and general contentment with the results of your plastic surgery by only entrusting it to a plastic surgeon who has earned board certification in the specialty such as Dr. Gartner himself.

Book Your BBL Consultation With Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Gartner

The Brazilian butt lift is a procedure that is not only effective, but also safe, and it yields results that, after it has fully healed, you will be eager to flaunt. However, this is only the case if the procedure is carried out correctly by a board-certified plastic surgeon with much relevant expertise. In order to determine whether or not the BBL is a good match for your needs, you can either submit a request for a consultation using the online form or give us a call to schedule an appointment at Gartner Plastic Surgery in NJ.

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