American Society of Plastic Surgeons
444 East Algonquin Road • Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Phone: 847-228-9900; 888-4-PLASTIC; 888-475-2784
(physician referrals)

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) 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 mission of ASPS is to advance quality care
to plastic surgery patients by encouraging high standards
of training, ethics, physician practice, and research in
plastic surgery. The society advocates for patient safety,
such as encouraging its members to operate in surgical
facilities that have passed rigorous external review of
equipment and staffing. The society works in concert
with the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation, founded
in 1948, which supports research and educational programs
for plastic surgeons. On the society’s Web site are FAQs,
a history of plastic surgery, a surgeon finder, capsule
descriptions of procedures, patient profiles, a photo
gallery, and cost information.

American Board of Plastic Surgery
Seven Penn Center
1635 Market Street, Suite 400 • Philadelphia, PA 19103-2204
Phone: 215-587-9322• Fax: 215-587-9622

The mission of the American Board of Plastic Surgery is
to promote safe, ethical, efficacious plastic surgery to the
public by maintaining high standards for the education,
examination, and certification of plastic surgeons as
specialists and subspecialists. Primarily for physicians,
the board’s Web site includes FAQs explaining how doctors
become board-certified and describing differences among
licensure, certification, and accreditation.

Federation of State Medical Boards
Federation Place
400 Fuller Wise Road
Suite 300
Euless, Texas 76039-3855
Phone: 817-868-4000

The Federation of State Medical Boards of the United
States, Inc., is a national organization comprised of the
69 medical boards of the United States, the District of
Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The mission is to be a leader in improving the quality,
safety and integrity of health care in the United States
by promoting high standards for physician licensure and
practice. FSMB operates the Federation Physician Data
Center, a nationally recognized system for collecting,
recording and distributing to state medical boards and
other appropriate agencies data on disciplinary actions
taken against licensees by the boards and other governmental

Food and Drug Administration
5600 Fishers Lane • Rockville, MD 20857-0001
Phone: 888-INFO-FDA, 888-463-6332

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which oversees
the safety of food, cosmetics, medicines, medical devices,
and radiation-emitting products, also has a consumer
friendly website. It posts consumer updates, a directory
for consumer and manufacturer calls and complaints,
and links to other on-line FDA manuals and publications.

American Board of Medical Specialties
1007 Church Street, Suite 404 • Evanston, IL 60201-5913
Phone: 847-491-9091• Fax: 847-328-3596

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) is an
organization of twenty-four approved medical specialty
boards. The intent of the certification of physicians is to
provide assurance to the public that those certified by an
ABMS Member Board have successfully completed an
approved training program and an evaluation process
assessing their ability to provide quality patient care in
the specialty. This Web site explains how specialists are
trained and certified; it also offers a search feature for
finding certified physicians.

eMedicine, Inc.
1004 Farnam Street, Suite 300 • Omaha, NE 68102
Phone: 402-341-3222

Though created for an audience of health professionals,
the eMedicine Web site includes informative descriptions
of hundreds of procedures. Launched in 1996, the site is
the most comprehensive source of information available
free online about procedures, risks, side effects, anesthesia,
preparation for surgery, follow-up, expectations, and
other pertinent information. Nearly 10,000 physician
authors and editors contribute to the eMedicine Clinical
Knowledge Base, which contains articles on 7,000 diseases
and disorders. The site also contains nearly 6,500
pages of patient information.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine
8600 Rockville Pike • Bethesda, MD 20894

The National Library of Medicine Web site indexes articles
from more than 3,500 medical journals. The service
is aimed primarily at scientists and health professionals;
however, MEDLINEplus is written for consumers.

American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
Cosmetic Surgery Information Service
737 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 820 • Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312-981-6760

Formed in 1985, the American Academy of Cosmetic
Surgery represents practitioners of medical disciplines
including plastic and reconstructive surgery, general surgery,
dermatology, ophthalmology, otorhinolaryngology, oral
and maxillofacial surgery, and others. The AACS is
the nation’s largest organization representing cosmetic

The Academy’s purpose is to maintain a membership
of medical and dental professionals who participate in
postgraduate medical education opportunities, specifically
in cosmetic surgery, so that the public is assured of receiving
consistently high-quality medical and dental care.

The Academy’s Web site offers assistance choosing
and finding a surgeon, describes procedures and their
risks, explains what to do before surgery, and helps you
determine whether you’re a good candidate for specific

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
11081 Winners Circle • Los Alamitos, CA 90720
Phone: 800-364-2147 or 562-799-2356
Fax: 562-799-1098

Founded in 1967, ASAPS is a professional organization
of plastic surgeons certified by the American Board of
Plastic Surgery, who specialize in cosmetic plastic surgery.
The organization has 1,900 members in the U.S. and
Canada, as well as corresponding members in many
other countries. The Web site can help you find a
surgeon and offers an "Ask an ASAPS Surgeon" feature,
as well as news, updates, and consumer-oriented reports
on surgical and nonsurgical procedures. The site also
has a Find-a-Surgeon feature. You’ll find numerous
articles and procedure descriptions at this site, some
in both English and Spanish.

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