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Why Should I Select a Plastic Surgeon Accredited by the Specialists Accreditation Board of the Ministry of Health/ Academy of Medicine of Singapore?

Plastic surgeons who are accredited by the Specialists Accreditation Board/ Academy of Medicine are trained to perform plastic and aesthetic surgery. There are currently 32 accredited Plastic Surgeons in Singapore, and only these surgeons have fulfilled the stringent Exit Certification requirements of the Joint Committee on Advanced Surgical Training (JCAST). Plastic surgeons are experts in both facial and body procedures. Exit certified plastic surgeons complete a minimum of nine years of surgical training following medical school, including Advanced Specialty Training in Plastic Surgery and an overseas Fellowship. In-depth training encompasses surgical procedures of the face and the entire body.

Plastic surgeons are trained to prevent and, if necessary, handle emergencies. A comprehensive education, including a sound foundation in anatomy and physiology, provides plastic surgeons with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of all body systems, including ventilation, circulation, fluid and electrolyte balance, all of which are vitally important to patient safety.

Plastic surgeons' training develops technical skill and aesthetic judgment. Experience gained during years of training in complex reconstructive surgery provides plastic surgeons with outstanding technical skills. Additionally, however, the continuous attention to form as well as function provides these specialists with a finely tuned sense of aesthetics - a unique qualification that is critical to the success of cosmetic surgery where judgments of balance and proportion are called upon.

Plastic surgeons have access to a wide range of potential treatments. Of all the different medical specialists, plastic surgeons have the training to offer their patients the entire scope of cosmetic treatment modalities. Their recommendations are not limited by lack of training or inability to obtain hospital privileges to perform complex procedures when necessary.

What is the FRCS (Plastic Surgery) Qualification?
The FRCS (Plastic Surgery) qualification is awarded by the Intercollegiate Specialty Boards of the United Kingdom which sets Plastic Surgical specialty standards and exams, drawing expertise from the four Royal Colleges of Surgery in the United Kingdom (Edinburgh, England, Glasgow and Ireland). The FRCS (Plastic Surgery) diploma is a mark of distinction and professionalism, as well as a necessary pre-requisite for a surgeon to practice Plastic Surgery in the United Kingdom on the Specialist Register.

Dr Lim is the only Plastic Surgeon in Singapore to hold FRCS (Plastic Surgery) qualifications, and was awarded the Ian MacGregor Gold Medal by the British Association of Plastic Surgeons for his outstanding performance in the examination.

What Is Exit Certification in Hand Surgery?
Hand Surgery is a specialized field of medicine that includes the investigation, preservation, and restoration by medical, surgical, and rehabilitative means of all structures of the upper extremity directly affecting the form and function of the hand and wrist.

To qualify for Exit Certification in the Specialty of Hand Surgery, a surgeon must, amongst numerous other requirements, have years following the completion of formal training, and have been in the active practice of Hand Surgery for at least three successfully passed all examinations prescribed by the Joint Committee on Advanced Specialty Training/ Specialists Accreditation Board for Hand Surgery in Singapore. Dr Lim's Reconstructive Specialty is Hand Surgery, and he is the only Plastic Surgeon in Singapore who also has Exit Qualifications in Hand Surgery.

What Questions Should I Ask During My Consultation?

What experience does the doctor have in performing this procedure?
Ask what training has been completed, especially in new techniques, as well as how often he or she performs the procedure.

What are the possible risks?
There are risks with any surgical procedure. Ask your doctor to outline and discuss what they are, how often they occur, and how they will be handled if they do occur. If the doctor does not openly discuss the risks and complications associated with the procedure or says that there are no risks, seek another opinion.

What is the expected recovery for the procedure?
Important points to discuss are postoperative restrictions on activity and typical time periods for resuming work and social activities.

How much will the surgery cost?
Reconstructive surgery is generally covered by most health insurance policies, although coverage for specific procedures and levels of coverage may vary greatly. Because it is elective, cosmetic surgery is usually not covered by insurance, and payment is required in advance. Costs include the surgeon's fee and fees for the surgical facility and anesthesia. Other possible costs are the preoperative physical and blood work, medications, surgical garments, and private nursing. While it is tempting to "bargain shop", the training, certification, and experience of your surgeon are the most important factors in the success of your surgery.

Select your surgeon with careful consideration; this is not an area for compromise.
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