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Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Directory

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Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

The term "cosmetic surgery" refers to any surgery that is designed to correct a perceived physical flaw or to improve any part of the body strictly for cosmetic reasons. Dental cosmetic surgery, LASIK eye surgery, eyelid lifts and skin grafts for burn victims are all considered forms of cosmetic surgery. The best way to ensure that the work is done properly and safely is to choose a board certified doctor who has the experience and skills necessary.

Board certification Explained

A written examination and practical demonstration of skills is required before board certification will be granted. Choosing a board certified surgeon will allow you to rest easy knowing that the person you are trusting your life to is qualified and prepared to do the job right.

When considering plastic surgery, it's vital to choose a board certified cosmetic surgeon. This will help ensure that they are qualified to perform the procedure, that they have the experience and skills necessary to do the procedure safely and correctly.

It is important to confirm that you are choosing a board certified cosmetic surgeon. Visit the American Board of Plastic Surgery online to verify that the doctor you are considering is truly a board certified plastic surgeon. To gain certification with the ABPS, doctors must possess the following:

  • They should be graduates of an accredited medical school
  • Pass comprehensive oral and written exams
  • Minimum of two years of plastic surgery residency training
  • Three years of general surgery residency training OR
  • Full residency in specialized surgery area

The ABPS further requires that any board certificated doctor renew his or her certification every ten years by taking the examination again.

Extensive training and experience are required before certification will be granted. You are not choosing new college graduate, you are choosing years of experience and knowledge.

Without certification, there is no way to truly confirm whether or not the surgeon possesses the required skills and knowledge. The results could be disastrous with the appearance being less than ideal. You could be left with permanent disfigurement and the possibility of having to have the surgery performed again.

Board certification also matters to the insurance companies. Many insurance companies won't cover cosmetic procedures at all, and when they do they typically require that they are done by a board certified surgeon.

Associations and Organizations

An association is a group of members that receive benefits in exchange for a fee. Anyone can become a member and there are not typically any background or education requirements.

Organizations, on the other hand, limit their membership to select individuals. They typically have strict guidelines regarding education, experience and skills. Rather than being a paid membership to a store or gym, it's being selected as part of an elite team.

The Most Important Organizations to Remember

American Board of Plastic Surgery, ABPS

The Only Societies That require members to be board-certified plastic surgeons

American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)

Please note that the only two associations that require members to be board-certified plastic surgeons are the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).

Other Organizations

American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS) is the foremost organization for cosmetic surgeons, and it provides patients with a sense of security that their surgeon is supported by the primary certifying organization for cosmetic surgeons.

American Academy of Facial and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery (AAFRPS) is the largest specialty association in the world. Members of this organization must have wide-ranging experience and training in facial procedures, and their primary focus must be on patient well-being. Any surgeon who is or wants to be specialized in the field of facial and reconstructive plastic surgery must register with this organization.

American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) is an association which provides members with continuing training and education to allow them to better serve their patients.

American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS) is the certifying organization for reconstructive and facial plastic surgeons. Their goal is to insure the surgical treatment provided to patients is of the highest quality. Surgeons wishing to become members of the AARFPS must be certified by the ABFPRS first.

American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) is the umbrella association for many specialty organizations. Their main goal is to educate patients by providing them with information from their database relating to surgeon certification.

American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS), which is different than AAOMS, is the only organization from which surgeons wanting to practice oral and maxillofacial surgery can obtain certification.

American Dental Association (ADA) is the chief organization to which every dental professional should belong. Not only does it provide continuing education to their dental professionals, it is also the governing body for many dental organizations, including those relating to dental cosmetic surgery.

American Medical Association (AMA) is the premiere association for medical professionals. The focus is to create and implement a code of ethics, educational standards, and education requirements in order to improve the overall health of the general public.

American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) is an association that creates standards for cosmetic surgery involving the eyes and educates opthamalic surgeons.

American Society of Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) is an association that widely advocates for patient safety. Every member must hold board certification in dermatology.

The More Affiliations, the More Qualified?

Becoming a part of these groups is typically a surgeon's first step in gaining specialty certifications. The one organization that all surgeons should be a member of is the American Medical Association. They are open to all surgeons, regardless of specialty, and any board certified cosmetic surgeon you are considering using should be a member. Ideally, the surgeon you are considering will be a member of several organizations and associations.

These groups are important for patients as they will have a search feature on their website allowing patients to find surgeons for that particular specialty in their geographic area. When considering a board certified plastic surgeon, check the other organizations he or she would qualify for to see if a membership exists. Do not choose any board certified doctor unless they are members of the AMA, as well as other organizations. The more affiliations a surgeon has, the more qualified he or she probably is.

Finding a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

When considering cosmetic surgery in California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Texas, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Wisconsin, Georgia, Alabama, New Jersey or Kentucky please use our database to schedule a free private consultation. All surgeons listed here are board certified. Use our database to search for the right specialist in confidence that you will find several who are fully qualified and board certified. Do you have more questions about board certified plastic surgeons? E-mail us for more information.