Is the cosmetic surgeon a member of the appropriate professional societies?

Membership in scientific societies is a measure of the cosmetic surgeon’s involvement in thoughtful, progressive advancement of his or her understanding and skills in the profession. Most of the reputable organizations have ethics and membership committees that scrutinize applicants for membership before granting this privilege. Membership also costs money, and requires regular attendance at meetings in order to maintain membership, but the benefits are clear to an experienced surgeon

Beware of those who claim to be members of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery or similar such self designated boards not recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties or the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. When you ask if the surgeon is certified, also ask in what field?

(Many other specialists and non-specialists are flooding into the field, including dermatologists, eye surgeons (ophthalmologists) gynecologists, general practitioners, and even dentists.)

Don’t be afraid to ask to see the appropriate certificates. These should be displayed for easy viewing.

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