Social media is becoming a battleground in the fight over who is qualified to do plastic surgery.
As sites like Instagram and Snapchat become the go-to destinations for information for many patients, especially younger ones, plastic surgeons are intensifying their efforts to compete with one another, and with the increasingly dominating online presence of practitioners who aren’t specially trained in plastic surgery.
On Instagram, providers such as @therealdrmiami (with 655,000 followers recently), @docvegas (170,000), @dr.bbl (86,000) and others offer cosmetic services with a dizzying array of photos, videos and specials such as “Tummy Tuck Tuesday” and “First person to…
The gap between male and female cosmetic surgeons is also true of surgery overall, but the disparity is more startling in plastics because it is so unlike the one among patients. Ninety-two percent of cosmetic surgeries are performed on women, and women make up only 15 percent of the doctors available to patients.
They were heroes of World War II and they revolutionized plastic surgery.
The AAFPRS is the world's largest specialty association that represents over 2,700 facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons throughout the world.
The American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Inc., was established in 1986 to improve the quality of medical and surgical treatment available to the public by examining for professional expertise in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.
The mission of The American Board of Plastic Surgery, Inc. is to promote safe, ethical, efficacious plastic surgery to the public by maintaining high standards for the education, examination, certification and recertification of plastic surgeons as specialists and subspecialists.
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery is the leading organization of board-certified plastic surgeons specializing in cosmetic plastic surgery. ASAPS Active-Member plastic surgeons are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is the largest plastic surgery specialty organization in the world. Founded in 1931, the society is composed of board-certified plastic surgeons who perform cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.
The Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of Southern Africa represents over 98% of registered plastic surgeons in South Africa, all of whom are highly skilled and qualified.
The British Association of Plastic Surgeons is a group of British cosmetic and aesthetic surgeons with the objectives of relieving sickness and protecting and preserving Public Health by the promotion and development of Plastic Surgery in Great Britain.
The Association furnishes an annual Forum for a selection of the best scientific works presented at National Societies, stimulates research and investigation at the European level, as well as coordinates various forms of teaching, and preserves the unity of Plastic Surgery by illustrating its different aspects.
ISAPS is the largest international organization representing board certified plastic surgeons. Founded almost 40 years ago at the United Nations in New York, our mission is to provide up-to-date medical education for our member surgeons
Active Membership is open to qualified Plastic Surgeons under the age of 50 who have completed an approved residency in Plastic Surgery prior to application for membership.
As doctors not specially trained in plastic surgery take to Instagram, other doctors are trying to fight back.