The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) is recognized as the world’s leading organization devoted entirely to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body. It is an organization of approximately 2,600 plastic surgeons worldwide which are devoted to the advancement of cosmetic surgery. American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) shows that many modern cosmetic surgical procedures are on the rise, and that surgical procedures account for 77% of all surveyed physicians’ business.
International surgeons who are members of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons have the credentials you can put your trust in. They are certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery and have received extensive surgical training, one of the most rigorous among specialty programs. Their training uniquely qualifies them to perform plastic surgery on the face and all parts of the body.
The ABPS examines and certifies international physicians interested in Cosmetic Surgery who have completed a specialized facial cosmetic surgery fellowship and have acquired a very extensive knowledge and experience in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Besides certification, their membership requires a plastic surgeon to regularly attend continuing medical education courses, perform a minimum amount of aesthetic plastic surgery procedures and to adhere to a code of ethics. All ASAPS members are required to perform surgery in accredited surgical facilities.
ASAPS Active Membership is restricted to physicians certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, or certified in plastic surgery by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, who also meet other specific qualifications for continuing medical education and experience in aesthetic surgery. International Active Members must meet high standards applicable within their respective countries. Read through what it takes for an international surgeon to become board certified by the ABPS;
- ABPS is the only certifying board that tests a surgeon’s knowledge and experience exclusively in cosmetic surgery. No other board certification guarantees a surgeon has received training in all aspects of cosmetic surgery.
- Our surgeons have completed a 1-2 year fellowship, where they have trained exclusively in cosmetic surgery & patient care. This is on top of graduation from an accredited medical school (M.D. or D.O.) and additional residency training. See our approved fellowship criteria.
- To achieve ABPS board certification, a surgeon must:
- Spend a full year training exclusively and comprehensively in cosmetic surgery.
- Perform a minimum of 300 individual cosmetic surgery procedures of the face, breast and body (recommended minimum requirement for plastic surgery residencies is only 150 cases)
- Receive additional in-depth training in non-surgical cosmetic procedures, including Botox & fillers, laser resurfacing, and skin care (plastic surgery residencies currently have no training requirements for these treatments)
- Pass a comprehensive, rigorous 2-day oral and written exam covering all aspects of cosmetic surgery
- Our surgeons only operate in accredited hospitals and surgical centers. Facilities meet the highest standards for safety, sanitation, and preparedness. Learn more about facility accreditation.
- Our surgeons have been carefully screened to ensure the highest level of patient safety, ethical practice, and outstanding moral character.
- ABPS certified surgeons are re-examined every 10 years. To maintain board certification, diplomates certified in 1998 and after must pass a comprehensive written exam, complete 75 hours of continuing medical education, and demonstrate a high level of patient satisfaction based on surveys.
- Only surgeons who commit to achieving this level of excellence in cosmetic surgery will qualify to sit for the ABPS examination. They believe board certification should be awarded to physicians who have demonstrated an exceptional level of training and experience in their specialties, not just those who have met minimum standards.
The American Society of Aesthetic Cosmetic Surgery (ASAPS) prides itself on setting the highest standards for surgeons in the specialty of cosmetic surgery. The ASAPS board certification for international surgeon is reserved for surgeons who already possess at least one recognized board certificate, complete comprehensive fellowship training in cosmetic surgery and pass a rigorous written and oral exam focusing on all aspects of cosmetic surgery. To get certified easily without getting stressed out, visit the My Medical Vacation who will assist you in arranging specialist throughout your ASAPS certification as an international surgeon.
My Medical Vacation serves as a facilitator that helps you schedule and coordinate your appointment, examination, training and other things you do as an international surgeon when you Cancun, Mexico for your certification. We take care of all the aspect of your medical venture to Cancun Mexico; from pickup, drop off and transportation to any part you want to go as an international member.