We invite you to join us as standard-bearers for excellence in the field cosmetic surgery.
The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery accepts only those who have completed the most extensive, in-depth and focused cosmetic surgery training programs. By limiting candidacy to those who have completed a full year (or more) of training concentrated solely in cosmetic surgery, the ABCS reinforces its commitment to public safety and aesthetic surgery.
The difference between minimum training requirements for the American Board of Plastic Surgery versus the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery is illustrated in the following diagram. Notice the emphasis on non-cosmetic surgery training by the American Board of Plastic Surgery versus the focused cosmetic surgery training required by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery:
To apply to become an ABCS candidate, you first must have completed an approved residency program in one of the following specialties: dermatology, general surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, ophthalmology, plastic surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery, otolaryngology. You must also be board certified by a recognized medical board before applying to become an ABCS surgeon. Contact us for details regarding allowed specialties and residency programs; note that doctors from some specialties are required to complete an additional surgical fellowship before applying.