This is the only
board exclusive to Plastic Surgeons. Those holding ABPS
certification are the only physicians to hold the title of board
certified “plastic surgeon”. These physicians are accredited
to perform all types of plastic surgery procedures and treatments of
the face and entire body, including plastic surgery of the breast.
A portion of the
board certification review for the American Board of Otolaryngology
includes plastic and reconstructive procedures of the face, head,
and neck only. The otolaryngologists who are qualified to
perform these procedures are commonly referred to as “facial plastic
Board of Dermatology certifies doctors in the field of dermatology.
Medical doctors certified by the ABD, and doctors of osteopathy (DO)
with accredited training and equivalent board certification, are
qualified in procedures specific to treat the skin, hair, and nails.
Although not a
member board of the ABMS, the American Board of Facial Plastic and
Reconstructive Surgery certifies primarily board certified
otolaryngologists in plastic and reconstructive surgery of the face,
head, and neck only.
The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
There seems to be
as many medical societies as there are doctors, but the societies
below are the crème de la crème. They permit membership only
after peer review and require specific qualifications and other
membership standards. In addition, their professional
guidelines include strict standards of ethics and patient safety.
American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
Since 1967, the
American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery has been the world’s
leading organization to cosmetic surgery education and research.
Surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
specialize to cosmetic surgery of the face and body and have met
additional requirements for clinical experience, ethics and
continuing education in cosmetic surgery.
Members are required
to operate only in accredited or licensed surgical facilities, and
required to submit a stated number of continuing medical education
hours specific to patient safety. ASAPS provides referrals to
its member surgeons in the United States and Canada, as well as
online consumer resources specific to cosmetic surgery.
Society of Plastic Surgeons is the largest plastic surgery specialty
organization in the world. Founded in 1931, the society is
composed of board certified plastic surgeons who perform cosmetic
and reconstructive surgery. Members are required to operate
only in accredited or licensed surgical facilities. Consumer
lobbying efforts by ASPS have initiated legislation that now
mandates insurance coverage for breast reconstruction procedures
ASPS provides referrals to its member-surgeons in the United States
and Canada, as well as online consumer resources in plastic surgery.
American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
Founded in 1964,
the AAFPRS represents 2,700 facial plastic and reconstructive
surgeons throughout the world. Most members are certified by
the American Board of Otolaryngology, whose focus is surgery of the
face, head, and neck. Additionally, members of the AAFPRS may
be certified by the ABMS boards of plastic surgery, dermatology or
American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS)
Members of the
American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, founded in 1970, are
board certified dermatologist with additional accredited continuing
medical education and research in medically necessary and cosmetic
procedures to maintain the health, function and appearance of the
skin, hair and nails. ASDS provides referrals to its member
dermatologist in the United States, as well as online consumer
resources in dermatology.
American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Membership in the
American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery,
founded in 1969, is exclusive to board certified ophthalmologists.
ASOPRS focuses on the training, education, research and quality of
clinical practice in aesthetic, plastic and reconstructive surgery
of the eyelids and orbital regions.