The SHAW Center - Plastic Surgery - Skin - Laser

About Board Certification

A Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Resource is dedicated to helping you find the highest level of plastic surgery care in your area. To help us achieve this goal, we select only those surgeons who hold the appropriate board certification from the American Board of Medical Specialties
Why is board certification so important?

Board certification is important because it ensures that your surgeon has the training, qualifications, and experience necessary to perform plastic surgery procedures safely and skillfully .
By choosing a board certified plastic surgeon, you can be sure that your doctor has extensive experience in any procedure you are considering. A board certified plastic surgeon can also provide you with the guidance you need in order to make an informed decision.
Plastic Surgery Boards & Societies

  • The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS)
  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
  • The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
In order to be considered appropriately qualified to perform plastic surgery, physicians should be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and hold membership in either the American Society of Plastic Surgery or the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
The American Board of Plastic Surgery certifies only physicians who have completed the following:
  • Medical school
  • A specialized residency in Surgery, Otolaryngology, or Orthopedics
  • A Plastic Surgery residency
  • A rigorous set of oral and written examinations

Once certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, plastic surgeons can apply for membership in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. To qualify for membership in the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, a surgeon must meet certain requirements for continuing education as well as possess a specific level of cosmetic surgery experience.