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Do Your Homework
Choose a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

The Do Your Homework campaign educates the public on the importance of researching plastic surgery procedures and choosing board-certified plastics surgeons for the safest outcomes.

What is board certification in plastic surgery?

Choosing a plastic surgeon you can trust begins with making sure your surgeon is board certified. ASPS Member Surgeons in the United States and Canada must meet rigorous standards:

  • Board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery® (ABPS) or in Canada by The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada®
  • Complete at least six years of surgical training following medical school with a minimum of three years of plastic surgery residency training
  • Pass comprehensive oral and written exams
  • Graduate from an accredited medical school
  • Complete continuing medical education, including patient safety each year
  • Perform surgery in accredited, state-licensed or Medicare-certified surgical facilities
  • Adheres to a strict Code of Ethics

Learn More About ASPS Member Surgeon Qualifications

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