About ASAPS

Overview

Smart Beauty Guide was created by The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), to help consumers:

  • Make more informed and intelligent decisions regarding aesthetic plastic surgery and medicine
  • Find the highly-qualified, board-certified aesthetic plastic surgeon who is right for them
  • Be assured of the safest, high-quality aesthetic procedures
  • Enjoy more beautiful and natural-looking results.

About The Aesthetic Society

Founded in 1967, ASAPS is recognized as the world’s leading professional organization of board-certified plastic surgeons who are solely dedicated to perfecting aesthetic procedures of the face, nose, body and breasts. Our members are called Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, to honor their many additional years of highly-specialized training and their passionate commitment to the Art and Science of Aesthetic Surgery and Medicine.

With over 2,600 members in the U.S., Canada, and many other countries, The Aesthetic Society is at the forefront of innovation in aesthetic plastic surgery and medicine around the world.

ASAPS' mission includes medical education, public education and patient advocacy. The Aesthetic Society is:

  • An educational organization that sponsors scientific meetings on the latest advances in cosmetic plastic surgery. ASAPS meetings are designed for attendance by qualified, board-certified plastic surgeons.
  • An accredited sponsor of Continuing Medical Education (CME).
  • A research organization that collects data on cosmetic plastic surgery, publishes annual statistics on the number of cosmetic procedures performed and supports scientific and clinical studies in cosmetic plastic surgery.
  • A public information organization.

Aesthetic Surgery Journal, an official publication of ASAPS, is the most widely read clinical journal of cosmetic plastic surgery in the world.

The Aesthetic Society Mission Statement

ASAPS' mission is to:

  • Advance the science, art, and safe practice of aesthetic (cosmetic) plastic surgery among qualified plastic surgeons through support and direction of medical education and research, sponsorship of scientific meetings and dissemination of information on current aesthetic surgical techniques
  • Promote and encourage the highest standards of ethical conduct and responsible patient care among aesthetic plastic surgeons
  • Serve the public interest by providing accurate and timely information regarding aesthetic plastic surgery,especially topics dealing with patient safety and education
  • Advance the medical profession and ensure that aesthetic surgery maintains its proper place within the specialty of plastic surgery.

About Aesthetic Society Members

Active ASAPS members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (USA) or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have extensive training in the complete spectrum of surgical and nonsurgical aesthetic procedures. International Active Members are certified by equivalent boards of their respective countries. All members worldwide adhere to a strict code of ethics and must meet stringent membership requirements.

The requirements for membership in ASAPS are designed to encourage application by trained and experienced plastic surgeons who concentrate their practices on performing cosmetic plastic surgery of the face and the entire body.

ASAPS membership remains an exclusive privilege for surgeons who possess the necessary qualifications. Only about one-quarter of all American Board of Plastic Surgery certified surgeons have been accepted as ASAPS members. Physicians who have been trained in specialties other than plastic surgery are not eligible for ASAPS membership.

To receive invitation and election to ASAPS membership, a plastic surgeon must:

  • Be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, or certified in plastic surgery by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Plastic surgeons who are not citizens of the United States or Canada who meet the high professional and ethical standards required for Aesthetic Society membership may become ASAPS International Active Members.
  • Participate in accredited Continuing Medical Education (CME) programs to stay current with developments in the field of cosmetic plastic surgery.
  • Document the performance of a significant number and variety of cosmetic surgical cases to demonstrate a wide range of experience.
  • Be sponsored by two ASAPS-members to ensure that the applicant’s professional reputation meets the high standards required by The Aesthetic Society.
  • Adhere to current ethical standards for professional conduct as outlined by the Society’s Bylaws, Code of Ethics, and Conflict of Interest Policy observed by all ASAPS member surgeons.

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