|David H. Song, MD, MBA|
Plastic surgery is about more than enhancing aesthetics, it is also about rebuilding lives. And the decision to undergo plastic surgery is an important and serious step in anyone’s life.
Our website, which welcomes millions of visitors a year, has long been a resource for anyone interested in obtaining reliable, trusted information on procedures, and finding a qualified plastic surgeon in their area. It is important to all our members that patients be armed with the best possible resources to make the most informed decisions they can, which is why our social media channels have become key to making information about safe plastic surgery as accessible as possible.
Visit our social media channels as you begin your journey for your cosmetic or reconstructive procedure, Follow us on Twitter, Like us on Facebook and check out our photo galleries on Pintrist and Instagram. Join the conversation, you’re sure to find the information you need and some like-minded souls to join you as you explore the options available.
Prior to having plastic surgery, there are three questions every patient should ask:
Is Your Plastic Surgeon Board Certified?
Determining whether your plastic surgeon is board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) is critical to ensuring both safety and satisfaction with your procedure. The ABPS requires rigorous educational, training and professional development standards to maintain certification in the specialty. All ASPS Member Surgeons in the United States are board certified in plastic surgery by The ABPS. Member surgeons in Canada are certified by The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, while other international members must adhere to strict guidelines that are reviewed by ASPS prior to granting membership.
Having your procedure performed by an ASPS Member Surgeon ensures that you are receiving treatment from a plastic surgeon that is superbly trained, highly qualified and adheres to a strict code of ethics and continuing medical education standards.
To quickly determine whether your physician is an ASPS Member Surgeon, you can use our Find a Surgeon tool to search your area.
Is Your Procedure Being Performed in an Accredited Facility?
You may have read stories about patients who have undergone plastic surgery in hotel rooms, homes and other facilities that are not safe for plastic surgery. These patients often suffer physically and emotionally because they were operated on by unqualified individuals in unaccredited facilities.
All ASPS Member Surgeons are required to operate in accredited, state-licensed or Medicare-certified surgical facilities only. An accredited facility must meet strict national standards for equipment, operating room safety, personnel and surgeon credentials.
Plastic surgery performed by board-certified plastic surgeons in accredited facilities has an excellent safety record and dramatically reduces the risk of serious complications. Remember, all surgery is serious and plastic surgery should always be performed in a professional facility with a staff of expertly trained men and women looking out for your best interests and, most importantly, your safety.
Is Your Plastic Surgeon a Partner You Can Trust?
Many cosmetic and reconstructive procedures require anesthesia, recovery time and follow-up visits. Having a plastic surgeon you can trust and feel comfortable with is very important. ASPS Member Surgeons work hard to treat every patient like a member of their own family. Their mission is to help you achieve your goals, provide the safest experience possible and to work with you on realistic expectations.
The Society has a long tradition of giving back through public outreach and charitable programs. The Breast Reconstruction Awareness Campaign educates women who have undergone breast cancer surgery about their breast reconstruction options, while our Caring for Kids program helps children with congenital deformities or injuries get the reconstructive surgery they need, provided pro bono by volunteer ASPS Member Surgeons. These are just a few examples of how our members value their commitment to being strong patient advocates and leaders in not just plastic surgery community, but the overall house of medicine as well.
Founded in 1931, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is the world's largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons. Representing 94% of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the U.S., and more than a thousand plastic surgeons worldwide, the Society is a global institution and a leading authority on cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.
Plastic surgery is more than a profession for our members, it is a calling. We have dedicated our lives to being the best possible stewards on your plastic surgery journey. Expertise, safety and trust are the common values that inform everything we do at ASPS.
David H. Song, MD, MBA, FACS
President, American Society of Plastic Surgeons