Choosing a Plastic Surgeon
When considering plastic surgery, there is no substitute for an ASPS Member Surgeon (American Society of Plastic Surgeons®)
Members of ASPS:®
- Are certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery® or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada®.
- Operate only in accredited medical facilities.
- Adhere to a strict code of ethics.
- Fulfill continuing medical education requirements, including standards and innovations in patient safety.
Why is an ASPS Member Surgeon the Best Choice for Me?
There are nearly 5,000 ASPS Member Surgeons in the United States. These qualifications ensure that you and your well-being are in good hands. Each ASPS Member Surgeon:
- Has at least five years of surgical training and a minimum of two years of plastic surgery training.
- Is board-certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
- Is trained and experienced in all plastic surgery procedures, including breast, body, face and reconstruction.
- Is peer-reviewed for safety and ethical standards prior to attaining the honor of active membership.
- Only operates in accredited facilities.
STEP 1: Questions to Ask When Choosing a Plastic Surgeon
- Are you an ASPS Member Surgeon? (If he or she answers “yes,” you can rest assured that your surgeon is Board Certified in Plastic Surgery, has hospital privileges and only performs surgery in accredited facilities.)
- Are you board-certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada?
- Do you have hospital privileges to perform this procedure? If so, at which hospitals?
- Is the surgical facility accredited?
- How many procedures of this type have you performed?
STEP 2: Questions to Ask Your ASPS Member Surgeon
It’s important to talk to your ASPS Member Surgeon about your goals and your treatment. Feel confident asking about your doctor’s credentials, experience, outcomes or safety record. It is your body, your safety and your life.
- Am I a good candidate for this procedure?
- What will be expected of me to get optimal results?
- What are the risks involved with my procedure?
- How long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery?
- Will I need to take time off work? If so, how long?