Welcome to the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery

For more than 30 years, the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS) has been dedicated to excellence in the medical specialty of cosmetic surgery and committed to providing the highest standard of care to our patients.

Our diplomates demonstrate the highest standards of training, knowledge, and expertise in the cosmetic surgery specialty while promoting safe and ethical practice. As the only certifying board that exclusively tests a surgeon’s knowledge and experience in cosmetic surgery, ABCS board certification is reserved for extraordinary surgeons who already possess at least one recognized board certificate, complete comprehensive fellowship training in cosmetic surgery, and pass rigorous written and oral exams. In reality, many cosmetic or plastic surgeons do not qualify to take our board exam because of the very strict qualifications they must meet.

We pledge to be:

  • Professional. To achieve and maintain the highest professional standards in cosmetic surgery.
  • Qualified. To establish a method for the qualification of specialists in cosmetic surgery and a certification system.
  • Skilled & Ethical. To establish training standards; and to carry out such goals and objectives in full compliance with all laws and regulations relating to equivalent surgical specialists.

We invite you to visit the resources below learn more about our mission, our leadership, and our role in the medical community. Please contact us with any questions, comments or media inquiries.