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Cosmetic surgeons and doctors in Bolivia : Accreditation and Training

Surgeons study and train the US, Europe and Brazil and are recognised around the world for their experience and expertise.  Plastic surgeons must go through rigorous and lengthy training after their Medical Degree.  To obtain the title of Surgeon and to practice his/her specialty a surgeon must take and pass a series of required certification exams and complete a minimum of two years of medical residency.  It takes six years to graduate as a General Doctor from Medical School, and this is followed by two years of rotatory residency, three years General Surgery postgraduate degree, and three years Plastic, Reconstructive and Maxillofacial postgraduate.  Altogether, it takes on average 15 years to become an accredited specialist and qualified member of the Bolivian Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

The hard graft doesn't end there as each and every plastic surgeon must be involved in national and international courses, fellowships, congresses and seminars to expand and broaden their career as well as periodically update their accreditation and ensure they are abreast of new techniques and developments in their field of specialty.  As with other Ibero American countries, plastic surgery is ruled by a common code of ethics and all plastic surgery boards affiliated to the Ibero-latinamerican federation of Plastic Surgery (FILACP) must abide by these.  (FILAP is the organisation which unites all the plastic surgeon societies and boards in Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries). 

You can also check the surgeon's accreditation with organisations such as the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons(ISAPS), the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), the Bolivian and Brazilian College of Surgeons, and the Ibero Latino American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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