Choosing A Plastic Surgeon

Is your Plastic Surgeon Board Certified?

Has your Surgeon met the standards of one of the boards recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and the American Medical Association (AMA); completed four years of medical school and several years of a supervised residency and/or a fellowship in their specialty, and been tested both in a written, verbal and business type fashion? 

To verify certification call (800) 776-2378 or email

In what Specialty is your Surgeon?

Many Practitioners from Family Practitioners to Otolaryngologists call themselves Plastic Surgeons. Only the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) can certify Plastic Surgeons.  Call (215) 587-9322 to verify your Surgeons Credentials/Certification.

Ask to See the Before & After Photos

These will show the doctors quality of results and aesthetic sense. Ask if these are actually the surgeon’s patients in the photographs or stock advertising photos purchased to present to patients.

Does your Plastic Surgeon have Hospital Privileges to Perform the Procedure you are Considering?

Rigorous screening process by specialty committees and departments ensure qualifications of surgeons who are allowed to have surgical privileges at a hospital. These privileges should exist even if they have his/her own facility.

Is the Plastic Surgeon's On-Site Facility/Operating Suite Accredited?

An Outpatient Surgical Facility that administers anesthesia should be accredited by one of three agencies (i.e. AAA, AAAA or JACHO). This is requirement mandated by the SCBOME. Make sure for your own safety that your procedure is being conducted at an Accredited Facility.

SCSPS Members are Board Certified or Board Eligible by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) through the American Board of Medical Specialists (ABMS). The training consists of at least 5 years of surgical training after completing medical school. Many members have completed additional surgical training through fellowships beyond their originally training in Plastic Surgery. SCSPS members are required to be Members or Candidates for membership in the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS).