Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Associates
Vincent D. Lepore, MD
2581 Samaritan Drive #102
San Jose, CA 95124
(408) 356-4241

Choosing a Surgeon

Dr. Vincent Lepore

When you begin exploring your plastic surgery options, your choice of surgeons is arguably the most critical decision you'll make. When it comes to finding a qualified plastic surgeon, Palo Alto, Los Gatos, Mountain View and other Silicon Valley residents often find that the task is daunting. By understanding what it means to be a board-certified plastic surgeon, qualified doctors such as Dr. Lepore will quickly rise to the top of your list.

Dr. Vincent Lepore is a board-certified plastic surgeon in San Jose. To meet with him in person, request your free cosmetic consultation online or call his office at (408) 356-4241.

Cosmetic Surgeon or Plastic Surgeon - An Important Distinction

There is an important distinction between a cosmetic surgeon and a plastic surgeon. Any doctor can call him or herself a cosmetic surgeon including a primary care doctor, gynecologist, or dermatologist. A plastic surgeon is a doctor who has completed a residency training program specifically in plastic surgery. Plastic surgery includes cosmetic surgery and reconstructive surgery. Cosmetic procedures are elective procedures performed to enhance a person's appearance. Reconstructive surgery corrects or repairs deformities present from birth or those caused by disease or injury.

The Certifying Board Makes a Difference

While you may encounter surgeons who are certified by a variety of important sounding boards, it matters which one did the certifying. The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) is an organization created to protect patients. The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) is the only board recognized by the ABMS to certify plastic surgeons.

By choosing a surgeon who is an ASPS member, you can be confident that he/she is specifically qualified to perform plastic surgery of the entire body, including the face. All ASPS members must be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and meet the following rigorous requirements:

  • Completed a medical degree from an accredited 4-year medical school
  • Accomplished surgical training and experience of at least 5 years, including at least 2 years dedicated specifically to plastic surgery
  • Passed rigorous written and oral examinations in plastic surgery

They must also agree to:

  • Operate only in accredited medical facilities
  • Enrich their knowledge of plastic surgery through continued education
  • Follow a strict code of professional ethics

Your appearance and your health are priceless. Make them a priority by choosing only a board-certified plastic surgeon.

Dr. Vincent Lepore

Board-certified and Stanford-trained, Dr. Vincent Lepore is trusted by countless San Jose-area men and women to create the results they want using today's most reliable techniques. Get to know this remarkable surgeon.

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