Choosing a Surgeon
Many physicians (and sometimes even non-physicians) call themselves “plastic surgeons”. American Board of Plastic Surgery is one of the 24 specialty boards recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). It is the only ABMS Board which certifies in the full spectrum of the entire specialty of plastic surgery.
By choosing a plastic surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Inc., you can be assured that the doctor has graduated from an accredited medical school and has completed at least five years of additional training as a resident surgeon. To become certified, the doctor then must successfully complete comprehensive written and oral exams. Board Certification is a voluntary process.
To become a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the world’s premier organization representing plastic surgery, the surgeon has to be board certified, practice for a certain period of time (candidate period), regularly attend medical education courses, and adhere to a strict code of ethics. Membership in the ASPS is symbolized by the “circle of excellence”: