In addition to board certification, inquire about your plastic surgeon's professional affiliations. Membership in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) designates your surgeon as an elite member of the plastic surgery community.
ASPS was among the first professional surgical societies to require members to use surgical facilities accredited by nationally recognized organizations or with equivalent licensing. In addition, ASPS satisfies continuing education specifically in patient safety. The society also offers consumers the ability to learn more about their members through online consumer referral services and member directories.
Although board-certification by the ABPS and membership in ASPS cannot guarantee the results of your plastic surgery, choosing a qualified surgeon is an important first step in helping to assure your safety and satisfaction.
More about professional affiliation
Founded in 1931, ASPS is the largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons in the world. The Society's core mission is to advance quality patient care and safety by encouraging high standards of training, ethics, physician practice and research in plastic surgery. In addition, ASPS has a strong public education service, publishing numerous informational brochures and maintaining a website. You can confirm ASPS membership through ASPS's Find a Plastic Surgeon tool.