About The Aesthetic Society


Smart Beauty Guide was created by The Aesthetic Society 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, The Aesthetic Society is recognized as the world’s leading professional organization of ABPS board-certified plastic surgeons who are solely dedicated to the art, science, and safe practice of aesthetic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body. Our members are recognized as Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, to honor their many additional years of highly-specialized training and their passionate commitment to their patients.

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.

The Aesthetic Society's 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. The Aesthetic 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 The Aesthetic Society, is the most widely read clinical journal of cosmetic plastic surgery in the world.

The Aesthetic Society Mission Statement

The Aesthetic Society's mission is to advance the science, art, and safe practice of aesthetic plastic surgery & cosmetic medicine through education, research, and innovation while maintaining the highest standards of ethical conduct.

About Aesthetic Society Members

Active Aesthetic Society 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 The Aesthetic Society 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.

Aesthetic Society 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 Aesthetic Society members. Physicians who have been trained in specialties other than plastic surgery are not eligible for Aesthetic Society membership.

To receive invitation and election to Aesthetic Society 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 Aesthetic Society 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 Aesthetic Society 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 Aesthetic Society member surgeons.

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