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John Silverton MD, FRCS: Experienced Plastic Surgery Specialist

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Are you considering enhancing your appearance with plastic surgery? Are you concerned about choosing the right surgeon? Selecting a doctor who is highly educated and highly trained with the experience needed to provide natural, beautiful results is vital to your decision. It can be overwhelming searching for the right doctor, and you want someone you can trust and confide in about your needs. Knowing the fundamental aspects of becoming an accredited surgeon in the field of plastic surgery can help you make an informed decision.

With over 30 years of experience as a plastic surgeon, Dr. John Silverton, MD, FRCS, provides invaluable insight on the importance of choosing the right surgeon before a surgical or cosmetic procedure. “Choosing a medical doctor who has completed medical school and has extensive specialist training in plastic surgery is important to consider when selecting a plastic surgeon,” Dr. Silverton affirmed. In fact, one of the most common errors people make when choosing a plastic surgeon is not researching the importance of extended and specialized training. “The doctor you choose should have more than just a medical degree. A plastic surgeon is highly trained in repairing, correcting and improving all external and visible aspects of the body,” he noted.

What Is a Plastic Surgeon?
After obtaining a medical degree, a plastic surgeon undergoes years of extensive training to understand the importance of aesthetics, anatomy and the proportions of the body. Through a variety of medical institutions, a plastic surgeon will have extended training that is specialized in the field of plastic surgery. “Many plastic surgeons will train in general surgery first to become comfortable operating all over the body,” Dr. Silverton noted. “However, to become an accredited plastic surgeon, one must go above and beyond general surgery to learn the art of plastic surgery through intense and formidable training programs that include residencies, which require an additional three years of training.” confirmed Dr. Silverton.

A native of England, Dr. Silverton completed his training at some of the most renowned institutions in the world. He attended Eton College and St. Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College with additional training completed at the acclaimed Canniesburn Hospital, Glasgow, Scotland. He relocated to the United States in 1975 to train at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. He further refined his skills as a plastic surgeon as an assistant professor at the University of California Davis Medical Center and chief of surgery at Dameron Hospital. He is a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and he is a long-time member of the California Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Importance of Accreditation Standards
“Accreditation through the American Board of Plastic Surgery is vital aspect to choosing the right plastic surgeon.” Dr. Silverton affirmed. “Often, a general surgeon will want to take a shortcut because they don’t want to go through the rigorous residency training and examinations required to become a fully fledged plastic surgeon,” he said. “They go to classes, take weekend courses and start doing some cosmetic work. Some cosmetic work may be related to the specialty that they trained in and that’s perfectly fine, such as ear, nose and throat doctors doing cosmetic surgery of the nose or face, or maybe a dermatologist doing Botox®, but a dermatologist who is not trained in plastic surgery is not the best choice for breast implants.”

Dr. Silverton stresses that the law allows all doctors to do all medical procedures. “It’s not against the law for an ear, nose and throat doctor to do a tummy tuck; however, the key is to know that their specialty did not provide training for plastic surgery,” noted Dr. Silverton. Another important element to consider is that a surgeon may be a member of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, but that is not the same as the American Board of Plastic Surgeons. “The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery is not recognized in the field of plastic surgery as an accredited board, nor is it supervised or accredited by the American Board of Medical Specialties. For example, a gynecologist can be a member of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and is legally allowed to do facelifts or breast implants.”

Your doctor should be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and be a member in good standing of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The society holds its membership to the highest standards of ethics and continuing medical education throughout their career to stay up to date on new technologies. It requires its members to operate only in properly, fully accredited surgery centers and to have privileges to do the same procedures in an acute care hospital. Founded in 1931, it is the largest plastic surgery organization in the world.

“Another very selective society, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, was founded in 1967. Plastic surgeons, who adhere to high ethical standards, who are board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and who are doing a large amount of aesthetic surgery, must be invited to join. I am a member of both societies,” Dr. Silverton said. Both societies focus on the highest standards of patient safety, do plastic surgery research, and lobby at the national and state level on behalf of patient interests in plastic surgery. Both have highly respected, internationally peer-reviewed scientific journals that contain the latest in scientific studies and new methods in plastic surgery.

More Than Meets the Eye
In addition to improving the appearance of the body, some people will require plastic surgery to address trauma, cancer and for various medical reasons. “You can be born with a body part deformity, such as a cleft lip, overly prominent ears or an unsightly nose. Your breasts might be too big or too small or too droopy. You might develop a deformity by accident; a bad burn or a motor vehicle accident could result in deformities of your face or other body parts,” Dr. Silverton noted. “A cancer diagnosis might require breast removal and reconstruction. Skin cancers can create havoc with your face, and a plastic surgeon is best suited to prevent or fix it.”

Plastic surgery also includes improving parts of the body from normal so that they are even better than normal. “Reconstruction is returning parts that are worse than normal back to average; cosmetic is the process of improving what is already normal, but the desire is there to make it better than average,” he added. “This might include removing extra fat, extra skin after weight loss or the ravages of pregnancy. It includes liposuction and tummy tucks, correcting sagging breasts, reducing breasts that are too large, or enlarging small breasts with implants.” The aging face can be improved through surgical or non-surgical methods. “Today, the non-surgical, or non-invasive, procedures are gaining huge popularity because of minimal risk, hardly any down time, reduced costs and improved effectiveness.”

Choosing the Right Plastic Surgeon
Plastic surgery is not a commodity. “Don’t choose your surgeon on price alone. Sometimes the more expensive surgeon might be providing better results and better safety. A surgeon just out of training may have the latest techniques but does not have the experience, and may not have seen all body types. An experienced surgeon has kept up with the latest techniques by continuing medical education that is constantly provided and monitored by ASPS and ASAPS,” noted Dr. Silverton.

Dr. Silverton and his highly experienced support staff provide patients with a path to improving their appearance in his state-of-the-art facility. His practice offers a full range of cosmetic surgery procedures and non-surgical cosmetic treatments for the Stockton area and beyond. His work is renowned in the field, earning him a reputation as one of the leading plastic surgeons in the country. His sophisticated surgical treatments are combined with his exceptional patient care, cutting-edge technology and highly skilled techniques. As an avid artist, his oil paintings are a true vision of his fusion of medical expertise and artistry.

Cosmetic Procedures
As modern technology continues to advance the field of plastic surgery, options to utilize a combination of surgical and non-surgical methods improve the appearance of patients are making great strides around the world. Devices such as truSculpt® 3D can provide patients with a path to help improve the body with little down time and no scars. Stubborn problem areas around the waist and thighs that are resistant to diet and exercise can be addressed through truSculpt 3D. “Our newest non-surgical device is helping patients who are searching for a less-invasive option to liposuction. The truSculpt 3D has the ability to melt up to 24 percent of fat,” Dr. Silverton affirmed.

“My goal is to give my patients the benefit of my artistry and experience,” Dr. Silverton affirmed. “My staff and I will help create an unforgettable patient experience and beautiful results.” ■

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