choosing a plastic surgeon

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A recommendation from a friend, a mention in "Top Doctors" lists, there are many ways to make your short list of plastic surgeons. You are looking ultimately for expertise in facelifts and facial cosmetic surgery. Good indicators are formal training, facelift and facial cosmetic surgery experience and board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and membership in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

Only surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and members of ASPS can display this mark. Find out what it takes.


Plastic surgeons who specialize in cosmetic plastic surgery of the face and body and who meet strict requirements for invitation and election can also become members of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).

Only 1900 physicians are members of ASAPS and only they can display their mark. Find out what it takes to be elected.

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Ultimately, you are the expert on you—what signs of aging concern you, how you feel about your face, what an excellent outcome would be for you. A plastic surgeon can then tell you what he or she might recommend in light of what you have to say. There will be differences in recommendations. Part of your evaluation has to do with how you feel about the plastic surgeon's manner and philosophy as well as the facelift or facial cosmetic surgery procedures each recommends.