The American Board of Plastic Surgery – Becoming a Diplomate

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American Board of Plastic Surgery
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Though Dr. Anthony Perrone focused on pharmaceutical work at the beginning of his career, he now puts his MD to work in the field of plastic surgery. At MaineGeneral Medical Center, Anthony Perrone, MD, serves as chief of plastic surgery. He has been a diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery since 2010.

The American Board of Plastic Surgery was started in 1937 as interest in plastic surgery began to grow. Four years later, the American Medical Association recognized the discipline of plastic surgery to be worthy of a major specialty board.

To become board certified in plastic surgery, candidates must pass a set of examinations. The written exam is designed to test factual knowledge across many facets of plastic surgery.

A second examination, given orally, presents candidates with scenarios designed to test judgment and reasoning. Candidates are expected to explain and defend their strategies and often are faced with additional problems and complications.

Physicians become diplomates of the board after passing both exam sections. Certification expires after 10 years, requiring diplomates to engage in ongoing professional development to maintain their credentials.

A Brief Introduction to Body Contouring After Weight Loss

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Anthony Perrone MD

Anthony Perrone, MD, serves as chief plastic surgeon at Maine General Medical Center in Augusta, Maine. In this position, Dr. Anthony Perrone provides patients with a variety of reconstructive procedures. He excels in various areas of plastic surgery, including burn reconstruction and body contouring after massive weight loss.

Weight reduction surgeries can provide many individuals with vital, lifesaving health benefits. However, the rapid loss of large amounts of weight can leave certain parts of the body out of balance with others. In order to address these issues, patients may be interested in body contouring. Body contouring, as provided by a trained plastic surgeon, can address issues of excess skin and sagging fat while at the same time reshaping the underlying tissue.

Body contouring is not a procedure itself, but rather an umbrella term used to describe a number of related surgeries. Some of the more common body contouring procedures include facelifts, breast lifts, tummy tucks, and medial thigh lifts. Individuals preparing for rapid weight loss surgery should discuss body contouring options with their surgeon.