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Choosing Your Surgeon

Choose the right aesthetic plastic surgeon for you: Choose an ISAPS member and you can be confident that you have made an excellent choice. No other international organization screens its members as thoroughly and extensively as ISAPS does.

If you have decided to undergo an aesthetic procedure, either plastic surgery or a non-surgical one, you entrust your appearance, wellbeing and your life to the doctor you choose. Every surgical or non-surgical procedure involves risks and potential complications, and you should be confident that the surgeon you choose is properly trained and qualified to perform your aesthetic / cosmetic procedure. 



As the world’s leading professional organization for board-certified aesthetic plastic surgeons, the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) is dedicated to promoting excellence in the field of aesthetic plastic surgery. Because regulations, training, and certification processes vary among countries, ISAPS developed a standardized screening process to ensure members are trained, experienced and qualified, and that they comply with ISAPS’ code of ethics.

Why Choose an ISAPS Surgeon?

When you choose an ISAPS active member you can be confident that your surgeon: 

Is a qualified, board-certified plastic surgeon

It varies among countries but on average, a board-certified plastic surgeon would have sixteen years of post-high school education, including more than six years of specific surgical training in reconstructive and plastic surgery and at least three years’ experience specifically in plastic surgery. This specialised training and experience make plastic surgeons your best choice to perform your cosmetic procedure. 

Is an experienced plastic surgeon

Actively practicing plastic surgery for at least three years after all training 

Has a record of safety

To become an ISAPS active member, a surgeon must be in good standing of the national plastic surgery organization of the country in which they currently reside and sponsored in writing by an ISAPS Active or Life member.

Has demonstrated a commitment to ethical practice

ISAPS members vow to behave in the highest professional manner and comply with the ISAPS code of ethics, which includes: 

  • Striving to improve medical skills and sharing the benefits of professional knowledge with patients and colleagues
  • Practicing scientifically based methods of healing and not associating professionally with anyone who does not uphold this principle
  • Protecting the public and the profession against physicians who are incompetent or have questionable moral character
  • Honoring the ideals of the medical profession and participating in activities that improve the health and well-being of the individual patient 

Is trained in the safest, most up-to-date techniques and treatments

The field of aesthetic plastic surgery is rapidly advancing, especially when it comes to innovation, surgical techniques and patient comfort, safety, and satisfaction. The best surgeons keep their skills current. ISAPS members have access to the most advanced techniques, research and knowledge in aesthetic plastic surgery taught by leading international experts. 

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