Why isn't membership to ASAPS mandatory for all cosmetic surgeons?

If membership to ASAPS ensures adherence to ethical standards, why isn't membership to ASAPS mandatory for all cosmetic surgeons?

Those of us who have achieved the high standards of training and practice required to be members of ASAPS would certainly like to see all cosmetic surgeons be members of this prestigious organization, but some Plastic Surgeons who are well qualified and trained still do a wide variety of reconstructive surgery in addition to cosmetic procedures and this is not their only area of expertise. ASAPS membership requires an almost exclusive practice devoted to cosmetic surgery. If your Plastic Surgeon is certified as a Plastic Surgeon by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) that is a good and safe place to start your search for a qualified plastic surgeon.

Peter P. Kay MD, FACS
Peter P. Kay MD, FACS
2355 N Wyatt DrTucsonAZ85712US

Peter P. Kay MD, FACS

2355 N. Wyatt Drive, Suite 111,Tucson, AZ,
85712, US

That is a very good question. Seeing a member of ASAPS, tells you that your surgeon in Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Membership to the organization, like many national and local societies is voluntary and only Plastic Surgeons may be members. This brings out the fact that not all physicians who call themselves cosmetic surgeons are plastic surgeons. A physician who is a plastic surgeon has completed an accredited residency in the specialty and has become Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. There are a number of core specialties that perform cosmetic procedures, such as Otolaryngologists (ENT), Dermatologists, etc. When choosing a physician to perform an aesthetic procedure, one should check their board certification and feel comfortable that the procedure to be done falls within their area of expertise. Another way to verify this is to ask if the physician has the privilege to perform the operation at a hospital facility. Hospitals will credential individuals to perform certain operations based on their training.

Roberta L. Gartside MD
Roberta L. Gartside MD
1800 Town Center PkwyRestonVA20190US

Roberta L. Gartside MD

1800 Town Center Parkway, Suite 412, Reston,
VA, 22090, US

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