Welcome to our patient resources section. Here you’ll find all the essential information you need to make confident choices for your new look.

Plan Your Cosmetic Surgery

We’ve got all the info you need to learn about the cosmetic surgery procedures you’re interested in, plus handy tools to help you plan your new look. Start by reading about how a procedure can help you make the changes you want, then put together your own personalized wish list with pricing info, before & after photo favorites, and contact info for surgeons in your area.

» Enter the Cosmetic Surgery Learning Center

Be Smart; Be Informed

If you’re thinking about having cosmetic surgery, there are a number of important things you need to consider before you schedule a procedure.

Cosmetic Surgery vs. Plastic Surgery

Did you know that cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery are two unique specialties? From the scope of procedures performed, to training requirements, to the overall goals for patient outcomes, cosmetic surgery is a distinct discipline that calls for a specialized approach. Learn how cosmetic surgery & plastic surgery are different.

Why board certification matters

Choosing a board certified physician ensures that the doctor performing your procedure has specific, in-depth training and experience. With our strict qualifications, rigorous examinations and ongoing assessments, the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery is the highest standard of measure for the cosmetic surgery specialty.

Finding the right surgeon for you

The most important step in your cosmetic surgery process is finding a cosmetic surgeon who you can trust and depend on for long-term care, and whose aesthetic sense aligns with your goals. See our guidelines for choosing a cosmetic surgeon.

Find an ABCS board certified surgeon

Board certified cosmetic surgeons can be found across the entire United States. Locate an ABCS cosmetic surgeon in your area.