Plastic surgery is real surgery. Yet any licensed physician can claim to be a cosmetic surgeon. How will you know if your doctor meets the highest standards for education, experience, and ethics?

Choosing a doctor who’s a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) is the first step to ensuring that your plastic surgery is safe plastic surgery, with quality care and outcomes. Members of the Aesthetic Society are board-certified, operate out of accredited facilities and follow a strict code of ethics. For more, see Select A Surgeon.

If you would like to verify any information about a particular plastic surgeon, please see the following contact list below:

National and State Medical contact information

American Board of Medical Specialties:
1-866-275-2267 or
Verify a doctor’s certification in any recognized medical specialty.

Federation of State Medical Boards:
1-817-868-4000 or
Verify a doctor’s medical license and check for disciplinary action.

Surgical Facility Accrediting Organizations

Verify surgical facility accreditation and safety meeting nationally recognized standards.

American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities:
1-847-949-6058 or

Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care:
1-847-853-6060 or

Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations:
1-630-792-5000 or

Always remember: Surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures are medical procedures and should be undertaken only under the care of a trained specialist.

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