American Society of Plastic Surgeons
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Plastic Surgery Clinical Privileges

This resource has information on granting clinical privileges for plastic surgical services based on the realities of medical practice and education of the specialist.

Description of Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgery includes the repair, reconstruction, or replacement of physical defects of form or function involving the skin, musculoskeletal system, cranio-maxillofacial structures, hand, extremities, breast and trunk, and external genitalia or cosmetic enhancement to these areas of the body. Cosmetic surgery is an essential component of plastic surgery. The plastic surgeon uses cosmetic surgical procedures both to improve overall appearance and to optimize the outcome of reconstructive procedures.Competency in plastic surgery implies an amalgam of basic medical and surgical knowledge, operative judgement, technical expertise, ethical behavior and interpersonal skills to achieve problem resolution and patient satisfaction.1  

Plastic surgery procedures generally fall into one of two categories: reconstructive or cosmetic.


  1. The American Board of Plastic Surgery, Ind., Booklet of Information, July1, 2011 - June 30, 2012.