Consumer Guide to Choosing a Plastic Surgeon

Choosing the right plastic surgeon is one of the most important decisions you'll make. On the following pages you'll find information that provides insight into what you should consider when choosing a plastic surgeon.

Surgeons with the most training include plastic surgeons who are board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Facial plastic surgeons can also be board certified by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

How Do I Choose a Plastic Surgeon?

Many plastic surgery procedures require considerable medical and surgical skill and require a long time in surgery. In this section you can learn about some of the most important factors you should consider before selecting a plastic surgeon. You'll also learn which credentials, accreditations, and certifications are important and what they mean.

Learn about the importance of selecting a board-certified plastic surgeon.

Office-Based Surgery Centers

Office-based surgery facilities are becoming more widely used by plastic surgeons as the number of office-based surgical procedures is on the rise. But how do you verify that both the doctor and the facility are accredited?

How to find out if a facility is accredited and if your surgeon has privileges.

American Board of Plastic Surgery: Requirements

This article lists the requirements for the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Other Board Certifications and Specialties

Facial plastic surgeons, otolaryngologists, dermatologists, and ophthalmologists can also be board certified in their respective specialties. Many perform certain plastic surgery procedures and may also be qualified to perform cosmetic surgery procedures.

Get more information on other board certifications.

Surgeon Fees

View this helpful chart of average surgeon and physician fees.

Find a Plastic Surgeon

Ready for a consultation? Find a board-certified plastic surgeon near you.