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Why Choose an ABCS 
Surgeon 
9 Facts about ABCS Surgeons
1. Cosmetic Surgery 
• The only certifying 
board that tests a 
surgeon’s 
knowledge and 
experience 
exclusively in 
cosm...
2. Fellowship Trained 
• Surgeons complete 1 year fellowship 
training exclusively in cosmetic surgery 
and patient care 
...
3. Approved Cosmetic Surgery 
Fellowship 
• Spend full year training in comprehensive 
cosmetic surgery 
• Perform minimum...
4. Accredited Hospitals 
• Surgeons only operated in highest 
standards for safety, sanitation, 
preparedness 
• Operate o...
5. Double Board Certified 
• Previously certified in one of 7 medical 
specialties related to cosmetic surgery 
• Recogniz...
6. Carefully Screened 
• Highest level of Patient Safety, Ethical 
Practice, Outstanding Moral Character 
• No history of ...
7. Re-examined 
• Re-examined every 10 years. 
• Comprehensive written exam 
• 150 Hours of continuing medical education 
...
8. Certificate of Added 
Qualification 
• Earned CAQ distinguishes as specialist in 
facial cosmetic surgery or breast, bo...
9. Level of Excellence 
We believe board certification should be 
awarded to physicians who have 
demonstrated an exceptio...
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9 Facts about ABCS Surgeons

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The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery prides itself on setting the highest standards for surgeons in the specialty of cosmetic surgery. After you read through what it takes for a physician to become board certified by the ABCS, you’ll see why choosing an ABCS surgeon means you’re choosing a genuine cosmetic surgery specialist.

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9 Facts about ABCS Surgeons

  1. 1. Why Choose an ABCS Surgeon 9 Facts about ABCS Surgeons
  2. 2. 1. Cosmetic Surgery • The only certifying board that tests a surgeon’s knowledge and experience exclusively in cosmetic surgery
  3. 3. 2. Fellowship Trained • Surgeons complete 1 year fellowship training exclusively in cosmetic surgery and patient care • Graduated from accredited medical school • Additional Residency Training
  4. 4. 3. Approved Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship • Spend full year training in comprehensive cosmetic surgery • Perform minimum 300 individual cosmetic surgery procedures of face, breast, body • Receive in-depth non-surgical training (Botox, fillers, laser resurfacing, skin care) • Perform and document additional minimum set of cosmetic procedures following fellowship completion • Pass comprehensive, rigorous 2-day oral and written exam
  5. 5. 4. Accredited Hospitals • Surgeons only operated in highest standards for safety, sanitation, preparedness • Operate only in accredited hospitals and surgical centers • Learn more about facility accreditation
  6. 6. 5. Double Board Certified • Previously certified in one of 7 medical specialties related to cosmetic surgery • Recognizes American Board of Medical Specialties • American Osteopathic Association • American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
  7. 7. 6. Carefully Screened • Highest level of Patient Safety, Ethical Practice, Outstanding Moral Character • No history of substance abuse, criminal activity, or a restricted medical license
  8. 8. 7. Re-examined • Re-examined every 10 years. • Comprehensive written exam • 150 Hours of continuing medical education • Demonstrate high level of patient satisfaction
  9. 9. 8. Certificate of Added Qualification • Earned CAQ distinguishes as specialist in facial cosmetic surgery or breast, body, & extremity cosmetic surgery • To earn: – Be a current ABCS Diplomate – Complete 100+ cases in speciality – Complete 100 hours of continuing medical education – Pass 2nd Oral Exam
  10. 10. 9. Level of Excellence We believe board certification should be awarded to physicians who have demonstrated an exceptional level of training and experience in their specialties, not just those who have met minimum standards. With an ABCS surgeon, you know you’re in the hands of an elite cosmetic surgery specialist.

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