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If you are preparing to undergo any form of plastic surgery, even if it is nonsurgical, be sure that you are seeking only board certified plastic surgeons. This will better ensure your safety and a successful procedure.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons gives you the ability to search for a surgeon in your area that specializes in the type of procedure you are interested in. All of the surgeons they have listed are board certified plastic surgeons. They have either been certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

The American Board of Plastic Surgery, Inc. began in 1937 by a group of representatives that were interested in plastic surgery. The board was classified as a major specialty board in 1941 by the Advisory Board of Medical Specialties.

Being part of a specialty board, all of their surgeons are held accountable to both the public and their medical profession.

In order to become a board certified plastic surgeon with the ABPS, each surgeon must undergo training and pass several exams: written, oral and hand.

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada was founded in 1929,originally to oversee postgraduate medical education, and only offered two specialties. However, the Royal College now recognizes 29 specialties and 34 sub-specialties.

Remember, finding the right surgeon is the first and most important part of a safe plastic surgery journey.