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Why Join the American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery?

(1) Specialty organization for the future;

  • The American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery (ABFCS) is a multi-specialty Board that awards certification to surgeons who are uniquely qualified via training, credentials, and experience to perform cosmetic surgery of the face and neck and nonsurgical aesthetic treatments to the face.
  • The vast scope of knowledge and experience combined from the synergies of multiple specialties that are involved in facial cosmetic surgery ensures that our Diplomates benefit from a multispecialty approach to facial aesthetic procedures. From treatment of the skin to the underlying tissues, to manipulation of the facial skeleton, Diplomates of the American Board of Facial Cosmetic have an understanding of the underlying anatomic cause of each individual's cosmetic concern and are able to provide appropriate treatment or refer each patient appropriately.
  • Due to the influence of multiple medical specialties, The American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery offers a unique advantage to other Boards comprised of only one specialty. The ABFCS allows multi-disciplinary dialogue, discussion, and educational opportunities where the breadth of experience from each core specialty is utilized to expand the knowledge of other members.

(2) Recognition of Facial Cosmetic Surgery training;

  • Built on the shoulders of Diplomates of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, the American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery has unified surgeons who have dedicated their practice to facial rejuvenation and given them a certifying body which recognizes their training, experience, and determination to be the expert's patients can trust in aesthetic surgery of the head, face, and neck.
  • Qualifications for challenging the Board are one of the most rigorous of any Board specifically dedicated to facial rejuvenation. Our Diplomates require either an accredited fellowship in facial cosmetic surgery, or a minimum of 125 facial surgical procedures over a two-year period, as well as Board Certification or eligibility in a surgical subspecialty.
  • Our Diplomates do not "dabble" in facial cosmetic surgery, but have dedicated all or a significant portion of their practice to treating facial cosmetic conditions. Whether with non-surgical treatments such as skin resurfacing, facial fillers, or neurotoxins, or surgical modalities such as face lifts, rhinoplasties, or blepharoplasties, ABFCS Diplomates are dedicated to the education of the public and to the safe and effective treatment of our patients.
  • There is no "weekend course" or conference that qualifies ABFCS Diplomates, only hands-on experience and years of medical education and surgical training dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment, and management of our patients.

(3) Entry level opportunity in a new organization of the future;

  • Facial Cosmetic Surgery is an ever evolving and progressing sub-specialty. The ABFCS is dedicated to becoming and maintaining its position as the leading organization and certifying board in this area. This means we are eagerly looking for ambitious, accomplished, and driven surgeons who want to part of something bigger then themselves. For those who want to give back to the ABFCS, there are multiple committees looking for surgeons who want to make a name for themselves and a difference in the world of facial cosmetic surgery by educating other physicians and providing cutting edge care to their patients.

(4) More comprehensive recognition and uniting of multiple specialties;

  • No specialty "owns" the face. No residency can truly teach all there is to know about the intricacies and relationship of both the bony and soft tissue structures of the face and neck. The ABFCS is the multi-specialty organization that encompasses the expertise of all medical specialties to understand the complexity of the head, face, and neck. Drawing on the knowledge of Dermatologic surgeons, Oculofacial Plastic Surgeons, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Otolaryngologists, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, and other surgical specialties, the AFBCS places its Diplomates on equal ground and utilizes each surgeons' unique prospective and expertise for the advancement of Facial Cosmetic Surgery.
  • The ABFCS prides itself on multi-disciplinary dialogue and education. We are a body of one, and the ABFCS provides comprehensive recognition to all specialties who meet the requirements.

(5) Opportunity for ASOPRS, Dermatologists and OMS for recognition;

  • Oculoplastic Surgeons, Dermatologists, and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons have made vital and lasting contributions to the efficacy and safety of facial cosmetic surgery. The ABFCS provides a source for recognition to credentialing officials and the public.
  • Cosmetic Surgery has been intimately linked to Oculoplastic Surgery, Dermatology, and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for decades. The ABFCS provides recognition for the advancements these specialties have made to facial cosmetic surgery.

(6) The Experience Route available to Otolaryngologists; and

  • Otolaryngology is a unique and highly specialized surgical subspecialty focusing on the management of issues involving the head and neck. The anatomy in this region is so complex that some physicians choose to perform additional elective training after five years of General Otolaryngology training in order to focus on specific areas within the head and neck. One such area of expertise is Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. While General Otolaryngologist are trained and responsible for performing facial plastic procedures, the group of surgeons that pursue additional training are highly focused on repairing congenital, traumatic, neoplastic, and other defects of the face.
  • While General Otolaryngologist and Facial Plastic Surgeons are both equipped and trained to perform cosmetic surgeries of the face their primary focus is rarely isolated to this discipline. The ABFCS is unique in that it is 100% focused on cosmetic procedures of the face. Carrying the credentials of "board certified" through the ABFCS means that one is uniquely qualified to perform cosmetic procedures on the face. Furthermore, it shows dedication and focus to the art of facial cosmetic surgery and provides a competitive advantage through distinction in a highly competitive market.

(7) The Routes available for Single Degree OMS for certification;

  • Every doctor has the obligation to offer his or her patients the latest advances in their specialty. Cosmetic facial surgery is part of core training in numerous specialties including Dermatologic surgeons, Oculofacial Plastic Surgeons, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Otolaryngologists, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, and other surgical specialties. In addition, cosmetic procedures are part of the board examinations of these specialties and usually covered by various specialties’ malpractice coverage. Cosmetic surgery is here to stay.
  • OMS is somewhat of an ambiguous specialty in that with very similar surgical training, about 50% of resiliency graduates receive a medical and dental degree by completing 2 additional years of medical school in integrated programs. The other 50% finish their 4 year residency without an additional degree. The degree designation does not, in itself, define the level of training or competence as all graduates possess the ability to be proficient in their specialty, which includes cosmetic facial procedures. Due, in part to this ambiguity of degrees, single degree OMS are frequently limited in post graduate opportunities, including alternative board exams. The ABFCS is ground breaking in that it allows numerous medical specialists including single degree OMS to obtain the recognition they deserve that is truly commensurate with their training and not discriminative in terms of degree designation and interspecialty politics.
  • Facial Cosmetic Surgery has been a requirement for successful completion of an accredited OMS residency for years. After graduation, many OMSs continue to provide safe and effective surgical and non-surgical rejuvenation to patients. The ABFCS provides a means to finally recognize single degree Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons for their expertise and contributions to facial cosmetic surgery.
  • The ABFCS is the first board which recognizes the experience of single degree Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons in the field of Facial Cosmetic Surgery. The ABFCS puts all surgeons, regardless of degree, on equal footing based on each individual surgeon’s experience in surgical and non-surgical management of the head, face, and neck.

We hope you will give consideration to becoming a member of this rapidly growing, exciting organization with a bright future.

Multiple specialties. Standing as one.