February 20, 2021 | By Tampa Palms Plastic Surgery

Choose a Plastic (Not Cosmetic) Surgeon for Your Breast Surgery


Choose a Plastic (Not Cosmetic) Surgeon for Your Breast Surgery

If you’re seeking out a surgeon to complete a cosmetic breast procedure, finding a qualified, experienced medical professional is crucial. There’s a common misconception, often fueled by misleading advertising, that board-certified plastic surgeons and board-certified cosmetic surgeons are the same. This isn’t the case! The training and continuing education required of cosmetic surgeons and board-certified plastic surgeons are distinct. For your breast surgery, choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Mosiello is your best option for results that align with your goals.

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Vs. Board-Certified Cosmetic Surgeon

The American Board of Medical Specialties

The American Board of Medical Specialties, or ABMS, includes 24 physician specialties. To become certified in a specialty recognized by this board, doctors must complete a residency training program in their specialty lasting at least two years after their internship. While the American Board of Plastic Surgery is included within the 24 specialties of the ABMS, there is no specialty dedicated to cosmetic surgery. This leads to less regulation in training to become a cosmetic surgeon, as opposed to a plastic surgeon. Board-certified cosmetic surgeons often don’t fulfill the training requirements of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. 

Breast augmentation is a popular procedure that often isn’t covered in the training that board-certified cosmetic surgeons receive. For your health, safety, and the final look of the breasts, you’ll need a surgeon that’s thoroughly trained in breast procedures including breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction, and breast implant removal. This isn’t guaranteed with board-certified cosmetic surgeons. 

Training and Recertification

Dr. Mosiello at Tampa Palms Plastic Surgery and other board-certified plastic surgeons completed a minimum of six years of surgical training, including an authorized plastic surgery training program. A comprehensive number of cosmetic and reconstructive surgical procedures, along with complex written and oral exams, must be completed to be approved by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Mosiello’s Recertification from the ABPS

In addition to their initial training, board-certified plastic surgeons are required to complete assessments and continuing education. Every 10 years, these surgeons must be recertified to continue practicing plastic surgery with approval from the ABPS. 

In December 2020, Dr. Mosiello received his recertification with the ABPS for another 10 years!. As a certified and highly-experienced plastic surgeon, he’s a top choice among patients for breast surgery in Tampa. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!


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I love Tampa Palms Plastic Surgery ~ Dr. Moseillo, Mary, Nancy & Paula. I had breast cancer and reconstruction with Dr. Moseillo several years ago and knew I would never let anyone perform surgery on me other than him. I decided I wanted to do an Upper Blepharoplasty (upper eyelid surgery). I had the surgery a few months ago, am now at my summer home in Maine and everyone is commenting on how great I look. They have no idea that I had anything done! I keep hearing, “you have amazing eyes”. I am so thrilled with the results, feel 10 years younger and if you’re thinking about this procedure, or any other for that matter, do not hesitate to go to Tampa Palms

Tammy Ahearn

Dr. Mosiello, plain and simply put , is the BEST ! I did a lot of research and he was the one I chose and am very thankful and grateful that I did, as I had consulted with other plastic surgeons from other cancer centers. Dr. Mosiello surpassed in every area. He and his staff truly care and are warm, friendly, compassionate and knowledgeable. Which takes the stress out of any pre surgery or procedure. Knowing you have the best surgeon in your corner is the most important part. Post surgical procedures look amazing and he has saved my life, and has made me whole again. Look no further, he IS the best.

Stacy Kurnot

Dr. Mosiello taught me how to live again after having breast cancer. His staff is truly a blessing. He is an amazing artist and a wonderful Doctor and friend.

Susan Harrigan

I came to Dr. Mosiello’s practice as a reluctant patient who had just been given the diagnosis of breast cancer. I have been in several doctors’ office’s during my diagnosis and treatment and Dr. Mosiello’s office is my favorite. He is a very kind, competent surgeon who patiently answered questions and explained things fully. I was given clear post op directions and checked on by the nurse before my first post op visit and someone was always available if I had a question or concern. His staff is amazing! Melissa, Paula, Mary and Carol are all very personable and caring. This is also an office where I did not wait long periods of time to be seen. Things run smoothly and timely. I would highly recommend Dr. Mosiello to anyone in need of a plastic surgeon.

Melissa H

Dr. Mosiello is an absolute pleasure and privilege to have when in circumstances requiring his knowledge and care. His staff are fantastic as well, all welcoming with a kind smile. Highly recommend this is a doctor and team you can put your trust in.