articles and galleriesChoosing to have plastic surgery is an important decision.

So is selecting a plastic surgeon.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), established in 1931, is the largest plastic surgery specialty organization in the world.

Whether you're considering cosmetic or reconstructive plastic surgery, you want the skill of an ASPS Member Surgeon—a doctor with more than six years of surgical training and experience, with at least three years specifically in plastic surgery. Their training and experience make them uniquely qualified to perform your cosmetic or reconstructive procedure.

One of the first steps you can take towards a successful procedure is to become an educated consumer.

Read about patient safety and how to make smart choices about your surgeon and the facilities where your procedure will be performed. Browse through before and after photos to see the kinds of improvements surgical and minimially invasive procedures can make. Watch videos about specific procedures and the latest developments in research. And learn from the experience of others in our Patient Stories section.