Finding a surgeon is an important process to which all prospective patients should give some study. Referrals from other satisfied patients is of value, as are the recommendations of other physicians you trust. In all cases, it is critical to make sure that the surgeon you choose to visit is qualified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. There are (unfortunately) a number of like-sounding organizations which "qualify" individuals who have not actually studied plastic surgery.
In order to become a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), a doctor must have completed the extensive surgical, and plastic surgical residencies required by the Board for Certification. To confirm Board certification you can access the ASPS database at
Finally, it is important to recognize that plastic surgery is an incredibly vast surgical specialty, and that various physicians have different experience and expertise. If you can, seek referral to a doctor who is known for particular experience in the area of interest to you. Also, make sure when talking with the doctor that he/she is open to your questions and concerns and is accessible. A doctor who stresses only the "wonderful results" he obtains, and does not discuss the limits and risks of surgery, is one you may want to avoid.

The links above will assist you in researching the qualifications of a surgeon in your area. If you seek care in the greater New York area, you may also E-mail The Foundation for Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at to request the names of two, board certified plastic surgeons. Where possible, each physician name will be selected based upon that doctor's known experience with the procedure in question. (Include in your communication; your address, E-mail address, the type of surgery for which you may be a candidate).