Choosing a Plastic Surgeon

The popularity of plastic surgery is soaring - and more and more doctors are trying to meet the demand for this specialty that has become an integral part of mainstream medicine. Any licensed physician can call himself or herself a cosmetic surgeon, so the importance of finding a properly trained and certified provider is paramount. Choosing a doctor who’s a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons® (ASPS) is the first step in ensuring quality care and outcomes. If you are considering plastic surgery, there is no substitute for an ASPS Member Surgeon.


  1. is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), the ONLY board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) in Plastic Surgery. There are many other cosmetic surgery boards that are not recognized by the ABMS.
  2. Is a graduate of an accredited medical school.
  3. Completed at least 5 years of surgical training and a MINIMUM of 2 years in Plastic Surgery.
  4. Is trained and experienced in all plastic surgery procedures, including breast, body, face, and reconstruction.
  5. Is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS), the largest plastic surgery organization in the world.
  6. Operates only in accredited facilities and has been granted privileges by a hospital to perform such procedures.
  7. Adheres to a strict code of ethics.
  8. Fulfills continuing medical education requirements, including standards and innovations in patient safety.

For more information: 

How to Choose a Plastic Surgeon - American Society of Plastic Surgeons