The American Board of Medical Specialties has approved
twenty four sub-specialty boards out of the large number that apply.
Plastic surgery is one that has met the board's strict qualification
criteria. Consumers looking for a board-certified plastic surgeon
should be aware that certification by any other board does not offer
the same strict criteria for certification as some physicians may
be able to receive certification by paying a fee. To be certified
by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the cosmetic surgeon must
spend at least two years in an approved plastic surgical residency.
When in practice for at least one year, the surgeon must pass written
and oral exams to be considered for the distinction of being called
a board certified plastic surgeon.
A physician certified by the American Board of Cosmetic
- be board-certified in an original surgical specialty
recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties
- have completed a fellowship approved by the American Board of
- have been in the practice of cosmetic surgery for the past five
- have performed no fewer than 1,000 cosmetic surgical procedures
- be currently performing a minimum of 200 documented cosmetic procedures
- pass a stringent two-day oral and written exam
- be of good moral character