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Choosing a Plastic Surgeon

Choosing the right plastic surgeon makes all the difference in your plastic surgery experience. Make sure to choose a doctor who is board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), the only plastic surgery board recognized by The American Board of Medical Specialties. Surgeons who are ABPS certified have lower rates of serious complications (less than half of one percent) and lower mortality rates.

Board certified plastic surgeons have earned their medical degree from an accredited school, have completed three years of general surgery, at least two years of plastic surgery residency and professional practice and have passed written and oral examinations.

You can go to the American Board of Medical Specialities website to verify that your surgeon is board certified.

You can check to see if your doctor has had any disciplinary action by checking with your State Medical Board. Review our comprehensive list of State Medical Boards.