Patient Resources

Equip yourself with knowledge. Choose a surgeon with confidence.

Welcome to the American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery hub for patient resources. Below are links to useful pages to help you make safe choices through your cosmetic surgery journey. The most important choice you make in seeking an aesthetic procedure is your surgeon, so before you schedule your consultation, get informed.

How Board Certification Helps You Stay Safe

To call themselves “board-certified” facial cosmetic surgeons, our diplomates meet rigorous benchmarks of facial cosmetic surgical expertise and continuously uphold high standards of patient safety. This means that your surgeon is both safe and highly skilled in procedures for the head, face, and neck.

Cosmetic vs. Plastic Surgery

While both cosmetic and plastic surgeons perform aesthetic procedures, each kind of surgeon undergoes different training. While there are many skilled, well-trained surgeons from both backgrounds, learning the difference can help you make sense of each surgeon’s credentials and experiences.

Facial Cosmetic Procedures 

Learn about the range of options for facial rejuvenation. Many facial cosmetic surgeries remain popular for treating the aging face, with eyelid lift, rhinoplasty, and facelift still the choice procedures of hundreds of thousands of patients each year. Still, non-surgical options continue to grow and increase in popularity, with injectables available to enhance just about any look.

Narrow Your Search for a Surgeon

Once you have decided to look into cosmetic surgery, you know you want a surgeon who is an expert at what they do. But finding a surgeon in your area who is a good fit can require a bit of research. To locate a surgeon who is experienced, credentialed, and a perfect match based on your chosen procedure, search online, explore their before-and-after gallery, and read patient reviews. Then schedule a consultation to find out what they can do for you.