“Specializing in Reconstructive Plastic Surgery of Skin Cancer”
Board Certified in Plastic Surgery since 1992
The first and most important step in selecting a surgeon you can trust is to make sure is that he is a member of American Board of Plastic Surgeons.
By choosing an ABPS (American Board of Plastic Surgeons) member surgeon, it ensures that you have selected a physician who:
* Has completed at least five years of surgical training with a minimum of two years in plastic surgery.
* Is experienced in all plastic surgery procedures, including breast, body, face and reconstruction.
* Operates only in accredited medical facilities.
* Adheres to a strict code of ethics.
* Fulfills continuing medical education requirements, including standards in patient safety.
* Is board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Secondly, choose the surgeon who is a good listener. By doing so you are ensuring that he understands your needs and will be able to fulfill your goals. He should take the time to inform you of the options that are available, as well as make sure that you understand them. Lastly, review the Dr.’s before and after pictures. This will help you visualize yourself whether you like his results.
Dr. Diehl looks after your safety from the very start of the surgical process. A thorough medical history is reviewed to determine that you are in optimal health. Preoperative testing is then performed prior to surgery. Once surgery is scheduled, patients are seen again for a pre-operative visit. This is an important step so that you may review the surgical plan with Dr. Diehl, and your questions are thoroughly answered. Before and after surgical instructions are also reviewed with you. Dr. Diehl takes all measures to provide you with only the best care. The surgical facility is certified annually by the AAAASF (American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc.). During surgery you will be cared for by a Board Certified Anesthesiologist. Dr. Diehl is a very hands-on doctor. He takes pride in his attention to all details of your care. He does not operate with a co-surgeon and does not employ a physician’s assistant to perform any part of his surgery.
Yes, for your convenience we accept all major credit cards, and Care Credit financing has been quite successful in helping my patients achieving their goals. With low monthly payments even major surgeries are now affordable, and the best part is that you don’t have to wait to have your surgery. You can log on to Care Credit to see sample monthly payment plans.
Yes, in my office, located in Port Jefferson Station, Suffolk County, Long Island, anesthesia is always provided by the best skilled and experienced Board Certified M.D. Anesthesiologists for all of my patients.
Dermatologists specialize in skin, but the plastic surgeon has other important roles of the treatment of benign and malignant tumors of the skin. The skills of a plastic surgeon are especially needed when large areas of the skin must be removed and repaired, especially when these areas are in highly visible areas such as the face. Plastic surgeons also perform non-surgical procedures that can help you look younger by treating the face with chemical peels, skin resurfacing, Botulinum Toxin A, facial fillers such as Radiesse, Juvederm, Belotero and Restylane.
There is a significant difference between the terms “plastic surgeon” and “cosmetic surgeon”. All plastic surgeons have at least two, and more often three, years of training dedicated to both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. “Cosmetic surgeons”, on the other hand, are doctors that have trained in other than plastic surgery i.e., OB/GYN or internal medicine. The term Board Certified needs to be clarified as well. “Board Certified Plastic Surgeon” is recognized by the ABMS (The American Board of Medical Specialties) and has undergone rigorous and extensive training to warrant this distinction. Cosmetic surgeons (who are not plastic surgeons) are NOT recognized by the ABMS, and do not have the same training requirements. They require no prerequisite training in plastic surgery. If a surgeon uses the term “cosmetic surgeon” or “aesthetic surgeon”, they are likely not a plastic surgeon.
Board Certification is very important when choosing your plastic surgeon. Dr. Diehl is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). However, the term “Board Certification” is confusing, and not all board certifications are the same.
Cosmetic surgery has become so popular that many non-plastic surgeons are performing cosmetic surgery, such as obstetricians, dermatologists, general surgeons and dentists with maxillofacial backgrounds. To be able to be considered “Board Certified”, these physicians created the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS) in 1982. This board certification has less training requirements than the American Board of Plastic Surgeons.
Plastic surgeons are boarded by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). This means that they have undergone the most extensive training and have proven themselves after two additional years in practice by taking a comprehensive written and oral examination. The ABPS was established in 1931 and has the largest membership of over 7,000. The American Board of Plastic Surgeons requires at least two years of plastic surgical training after general surgery training, or three years of plastic surgical training after ENT training. Then there are two additional years of practice which is analyzed for proof of ongoing expertise in plastic surgery.
Cosmetic surgeons (who are not plastic surgeons) are NOT recognized by the ABMS, and do not have the same training requirements.. If a surgeon uses the term “cosmetic surgeon” or “aesthetic surgeon”, they are likely not a plastic surgeon. The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery requires only one year of cosmetic fellowship. It requires no prerequisite training in plastic surgery. This fellowship is undertaken without the benefit of the two to three years of plastic surgical training. Dermatologists, General Surgeons, Obstetricians, Ophthalmologists, ENT, and Dentists with maxillofacial training may be boarded in cosmetic surgery within one year of their training. There is also a provision for this board certification without the cosmetic fellowship at all, if the surgeon submits enough cosmetic surgical cases to pass the exams.
To verify a physician’s board status, contact the American Board of Plastic Surgery at (215) 587-9322. You may also contact the American Board of Medical Specialties at (800) 776-2378 or www.abms.com.
Dr.Gregory Diehl is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon specializing in Plastic Surgery, located in Port Jefferson Station, Suffolk County, Long Island, New York. To make an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Gregory Diehl contact us at 631-476-7300.Back to Top