Membership Matters

Plastic surgery involves many choices. The first and most important is selecting an American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) member you can trust. Why? Simply stated: ASPS member surgeons must meet and maintain rigorous standards:

  • Member Surgeons must be Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery® (ABPS) or in Canada by The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada® 17
  • Member Surgeons must complete at least six years of surgical training following medical school with a minimum of three years of plastic surgery residency training. Training during residency years is at least 80hrs/week.
  • Member Surgeons must pass comprehensive oral and written exams
  • Member Surgeons, of course, must have graduated from an accredited medical school
  • Member Surgeons must complete continuing medical education, including patient safety, every year.
  • Member Surgeons must perform surgery in accredited, state-licensed, or Medicare-certified surgical facilities

Do not be confused by other official sounding boards and certifications.

The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), which has approved medical specialty boards since 1934. There is no ABMS recognized certifying board with "cosmetic surgery" in its name. By choosing a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, you can be assured that you are choosing a qualified, highly trained plastic surgeon who is board-certified by the ABPS or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Information provided by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.®