Find a reputable plastic surgeon

Locating a doctor you can trust is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Andrea Markowitz, Ph.D.

HealthKey.com contributor

June 16, 2010


There's more to finding a reputable plastic surgeon than simply looking at advertisements or going through business listings. Whether you're looking for a plastic surgeon for reconstructive or elective surgery, do your research before making your final decision.

1. Check for Board Certification

Board certification from The American Board of Plastic Surgery, or from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada®, ensures that your surgeon has:

Check these organizations' online databases to locate board-certified plastic surgeons who have practices in your geographical area. Also make sure the surgeon is certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties in the specialty area for the procedure you're seeking.

2. Check for Society, Association and Academy Membership

There are many societies, associations and academies that require high standards from and offer continuing education to their members, including: Learn about each organization's standards and whether a plastic surgeon you're considering is a member by visiting an organization's Web site.

3. Form Your Own Opinion

After you've located board-certified plastic surgeons who have training in the specialty you're seeking, visit their Web sites to learn their approach and philosophy. Request a free initial consultation with doctors who appeal to you, and ask the following questions (adapted from Plastic Surgery Review, which also provides patient reviews of plastic surgeons): For more information visit The American Board of Plastic Surgery, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada® and Plastic Surgery Review.