Did you know that there is a BIG difference between a cosmetic surgeon and a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon? Cosmetic surgery may be performed by a variety of physicians, some with no surgical training whatsoever. In fact, state law permits any licensed doctor to call him/herself a plastic or cosmetic surgeon, even if he/she has not been trained as a plastic surgeon or has no surgical training at all. As a patient, this is when you need to be your best advocate. When researching and selecting a plastic surgeon, it is essential to find a highly trained surgeon that is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). This credential demonstrates a surgeon’s accomplishments, education, qualifications, and training. The American Board of Plastic Surgery is the only board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties and represents the highest standards in training, skills, knowledge, judgment, safety, and ethics in plastic surgery.