Q: What’s the first thing I should look for when searching for a QUALIFIED PLASTIC SURGEON?
You need to find out if the surgeon is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This is the only board certification in the cosmetic field recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. There are many other boards but often a doctor just needs to send them a check to get that certificate on their wall!! A qualified plastic surgeon must have at least 5 years of general surgery training and a minimum of 2 years of plastic surgery training. Many cosmetic surgeons have done no training in general or plastic surgery but the law allows them to practice in our specialty field. Look for the logo, if the surgeon you’re seeing doesn’t have it on his letterhead or business card, keep looking. IT’S A BUYER BEWARE SITUATION!!
Q: What should I ask the doctor regarding my surgery?
First ask “am I a good candidate for this procedure?” What are the risks of complications with this procedure? Make sure the surgeon has a full physical history on you and what medications you’re taking. You should ask what your recovery will entail, as well as how would a post operative complication be handled. Make sure to tell your surgeon if you have any trips/vacations planned and if it is okay to travel while recovering. Also, ask to see before and after photos.
Q: Should I be concerned if the doctor wants to do the surgery in his/her office?
You should be somewhat concerned. The surgeon should have privileges at the main hospital. If the surgeon has his/her own operating room in their office, it should be accredited by a nationally or state recognized accrediting agency, or is it state licensed or Medicare certified. If their operating room is not, then do not do the surgery with that doctor. Beware, there is something wrong if the surgeon does not have hospital privileges.
Q: How do you feel about traveling to foreign countries for the purpose of having plastic surgery done?
I feel it is not a wise decision. First of all, how would you know if the surgeon is properly credentialed? You would probably have no way of knowing if the facility they use is properly credentialed or safe. I strongly suggest you have your procedure performed close to home.
Dr. James W. Davis, Jr. is board certified with The American Board of Plastic Surgeons since 1989. He is a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, The Southeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons, and The Georgia Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Dr. Davis received his undergraduate degree from Duke University, and his medical degree from Tulane University. Dr. Davis was fully trained as a General Surgeon at the University of North Carolina, in Chapel Hill where he spent five years training. He was the Advanced Trauma Life Support Instructor in 1982. Dr. Davis finished his plastic surgery training at the University of California, in San Francisco. He also was the recipient of the Gold Scalpal Award, an award given to one surgeon in the country once a year.
Dr. James W. Davis, Jr. is the son of the late Dr. James W. Davis, Sr., a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon from Chattanooga, TN. Dr. James Davis, Sr. was one of the first Plastic Surgeons of our generation and had not only the first, but the largest training center in the country specializing in treating burns, cleft palates, facial deformities, all reconstruction, and all cosmetic surgeries.
Dr. James W. Davis, Jr. was so inspired by his father’s surgical talents and his heartwarming outreach to under privileged children and young adults, that he went on to become a plastic surgeon as well. While finishing his surgical residencies, Dr. James Davis, Jr. went on many of these trips with his father. Within a two week time frame, they would perform as many corrective surgeries as they could. Changing the lives of many children and young adults, who struggled with facial deformities. The two doctors were featured on several television segments in the 1980’s, documentaries dedicated solely to the countless, and heart-warming surgical cases Dr. James Davis, Sr. and Dr. James Davis, Jr. were afforded to have.
Dr. James W. Davis, Jr. is located in Atlanta Georgia near St. Joseph’s Hospital. Dr. Davis has been in private practice for over 21 years. Due to his impeccable training and education as well as the experiences he had with his father, Dr. James Davis, Sr., Dr. Davis is considered an expert in the Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery field by Jezebel Magazine, The Atlantan Magazine and Best Self Magazine. He specializes in all Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgeries. His expert “eye” in his field also awards him tremendous success with not only surgeries, but all facial injections as well. Including Botox, Juviderm, Restalyn, Radiesse, Sculptra, Fat Injections as well as laser resurfacing.
Dr. James W. Davis, Jr., MD, FACS
1100 Johnson Ferry Rd., Suite 850
Atlanta, GA, 30342