Choosing a Plastic Surgeon

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Know Your Surgeon – Know Your Surgeon’s Credentials

Plastic surgery is a delicate and exacting medical specialty that requires many years of training and experience to achieve high levels of skill.

Your choice of a qualified, experienced plastic surgeon is perhaps the single most important decision in the overall success of your surgery. But due to a large loophole in Florida law, cosmetic procedures can be legally performed by physicians who are not even trained in plastic surgery, and sometimes not even trained in surgery at all.  It makes things very confusing for the consumer.  A “cosmetic surgeon” is not the same as a “plastic surgeon”, when it comes to training, even though they sound similar!

Do your homework. Always check the credentials of your surgeon.  Always ask: Did the surgeon complete proper training – an accredited residency – in plastic surgery? Or was it in some other field?  If the surgeon claims to be “Board-certified”, ask for the details.  Get the name of the certifying board.  Plastic surgeons in the US are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.  In Canada, they are certified in Plastic Surgery by the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada.  Dr. Fiala is certified by both organizations. You can check for yourself by going to

Dr. Fiala’s Background:

For example, Dr. Fiala is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.  He is a member of both ASPS and ASAPS, the two national plastic surgery societies. Dr. Fiala has hospital privileges at Orlando Health to perform plastic surgery.  He has been in practice in Orlando for over 20 years as a plastic surgeon.  In addition, he is a Past-President of the Florida Society of Plastic Surgeons, and a member of voluntary faculty at the UCF College of Medicine.

Name: Thomas Fiala, MD

Board-Certified in Plastic Surgery: Yes

Additional Fellowship Training: Yes

Experience in practice: 20+ years

Hospital privileges in Plastic Surgery: Orlando Health

Hospital-grade operating room: Yes

Who gives anesthesia: Board-certified MD Anesthesiologist

Operating room monitoring:

  • EKG
  • Pulse Oximeter
  • Blood Pressure
  • CO2 capnograph
  • Anesthesia agent
  • Temperature

Hospital-grade recovery room:
Yes, with continuous RN observation.

Overnight stay available, with private nursing (RN) care?
Yes, standard for larger procedures. EKG, Pulse oximeter, Blood pressure monitoring. Side stream capnography.


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