Frequently Asked Questions

What is Board Certification?

In the United States the process of medical specialty certification is a voluntary process. Medical licensing requires a minimum competency to diagnose and treat patients. However it is not specialty specific.  

The intent of the board  certification of physicians is to provide assurance to the public that a physician specialist has successfully completed an approved educational program and evaluation process which includes an examination designed to assess the knowledge, skills, and experience required to provide quality patient care in that specialty.

Board certification requires a physician to demonstrate particular advanced expertise in a particular specialty and/or sub-specialty of medical practice.

What is the Difference Between Plastic Surgery, Cosmetic Surgery and Reconstructive Surgery?

The terms Plastic Surgery and Cosmetic Surgery are used interchangeably. Cosmetic Surgery is performed on normal healthy structures of the body in order to change or improve the patient's appearance and elevate their self-esteem. Reconstructive surgery is different than Cosmetic Surgery because it is performed on abnormal structures to improve function or repair appearance impaired by congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumors or disease.

What are the Current Trends in Cosmetic Surgery?

New data released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)  show a three percent growth in cosmetic procedures in 2016 over 2015. According to ASPS statistics there were 17.1 million surgical and minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures performed in the United States in 2016. The data also shows new cosmetic trends in both facelifts and fat.

This year overall cosmetic surgical procedures grew at a slightly higher rate of four percent compared to minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures, which grew by three percent. While body procedures are still popular, three of the five top cosmetic surgical procedures focused on the face

In 2016 breast augmentation remained the number one cosmetic surgical procedure, followed by rhinoplasty, liposuction, eyelid surgery and facelifts.

Botulinum Toxin Type A remains the top non-invasive procedure for 2016 followed by wrinkle fillers, chemical peels, laser hair removal and microdermabrasion.

Reconstructive plastic surgery, which improves function and appearance to abnormal structures, increased 5 percent since 2010 (excluding breast reduction).

The top five reconstructive procedures in 2016 were tumor removal, laceration repair, maxillofacial surgery, scar revision and hand surgery.

To view the entire 2016 National Clearinghouse of Plastic Surgery Statistics report, visit

Most Popular Plastic Surgery Procedures in 2016

Procedure# Performed
Breast Augmentation290,467
Nose Reshaping
Eyelid Surgery209,020

Most Popular Non-Invasive Procedures in 2016

Procedure# Performed
Botulinum Toxin Type A7,056,255
Soft Tissue Fillers1,900,000
Chemical Peels1,360,850
Laser Hair Removal1,109,385

Most Popular Reconstructive Procedures in 2016

Procedure# Performed
Tumor Removal4,473,238
Laceration Repair253,361
Maxillofacial Surgery
Scar Revision
Hand Surgery135,250
To view the entire 2016 National Clearinghouse of Plastic Surgery Statistics report, visit