Beauty for Life

Choose a surgeon you can trust

Plastic surgery, whether for cosmetic or reconstructive purposes, involves many choices. The first and most important is selecting a surgeon you can trust. If you begin the process with an understanding that, like any surgery, plastic surgery carries some risk, you will appreciate the importance of choosing a qualified surgeon.

  • A qualified plastic surgeon is not simply a physician with “good” credentials, but one with “recognized” credentials and specialized training specific to the procedure you are considering.
  • A doctor board certification is one of the best indicators of his or her training. Ask for certification from The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), the only one of the 24 boards approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) that certifies physicians in plastic surgery of the face and all areas of the body. To be ABPS board-certified, a physician must meet these rigorous standards
  • Graduate from an accredited medical school
  • Complete at least five years of surgical training following medical school with a minimum of two years of plastic surgery residency training
  • Pass comprehensive oral and written exams American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) Members must be certified by the ABPS or in Canada by The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • Complete continuing medical education including patient safety each year
  • Perform surgery in accredited, state-licensed or Medicare-certified surgical facilities

To verify that your plastic surgeon is board certified in the United States, you may contact the American Board of Plastic Surgery directly at (215) 587-9322 or visit the board website at

Your choices for cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery

Cosmetic plastic surgery includes surgical and nonsurgical procedures to improve your appearance. Healthy individuals with a positive outlook and realistic expectations are appropriate candidates for cosmetic procedures. Plastic surgery is a personal choice and you should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image. Reconstructive plastic surgery restores from and/or function to any part of the body affected by birth defects, injury or disease. The goal of reconstructive surgery is to restore appearance and function as close to normal as possible, but you must also approach this type of surgery with realistic expectations. You achieve the best results from plastic surgery if you and your surgeon communicate openly and work together to achieve realistic goals. An understanding of your goals, expectations and motivation is essential to a successful partnership between you and your surgeon, helping both of you to determine whether plastic surgery is the right choice for you.

Making an informed decision

As mentioned above it is important to do your homework to insure that you are choosing the right physician for you. Ask questions or even take a list with you to your consultation, check his/her credentials, ask to see photographs of prior work, does he/she have privileges at the local hospitals or surgery centers, etc. And do not be turned off by doctors charging a fee for your consultation. This helps to keep appointment time available for future patients that they know are seriously interested in the doctor time and having a procedure.

Our office is more than happy to take your call to help answer your questions and schedule your personal consultation

Dr. Walter D. Gracia, M.D

1204 5th  Ave.

Fort Worth, Texas 76104

(817) 336-9450


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