Plastic Surgery Boards in review:
ABPS - American Board of Plastic Surgery
The minimum. For a Tummy Tuck or body contouring surgery, I would not send a family member to surgeon that does not have this board certification. (The one exception would be a newly trained plastic surgeon that was board eligible in plastic surgery but had not yet taken their board examinations -- with the recognition that this is a newer surgeon with less experience).
ASPS - American Society of Plastic Surgeons
For me, ASPS membership is also a minimum requirement. The ASPS is the professional society for Plastic Surgery, and it holds it's members to the highest ethical, marketing and advertising standards in the business.
ASAPS - American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
The ASAPS is the largest professional society of aesthetic plastic surgeons in the world. Membership requires ABPS certification and ASPS membership as well as submission of a large series of cosmetic surgery cases. The ASAPS claims it is "the mark of distinction in aesthetic surgery" and I don't disagree.
Full disclosure -- it is likely that I am biased given that I have completed two full surgical residencies, both related to plastic surgery and head and neck surgery, obtained board certification in both, and am a member in good standing of both the ASPS and ASAPS.
Hope this helps,
Nick Slenkovich, MD FACS
Web reference: http://www.coloradoplasticsurgery.com/meet-dr-nick.aspx