A board-certified plastic surgeon is "certified" by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Likewise a board-certified otolaryngologist is "certified" by the American Board of Otolaryngology. Board certification is a rigorous process of oral and written examinations that demonstrates a physician's exceptional expertise.
As a board-certified plastic surgeon and otolarygologist, I have not just studied facelifts, breast enhancements, body sculpting, ears, noses and throats; but I have also performed thousands of cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries. I've rebuilt faces after accidents, breasts damaged by cancer, and all kinds of other trauma restoration. I also fulfill ongoing educational requirements to confirm that I'm fluent in the latest changes in surgergical procedures, devices and protocols.
Your health is in the hands of the surgeon who performs your procedure. It's to your benefit that your surgeon be board certified in plastic surgery to assure you that only a physician with extensive skills and experience will perform your important procedure.