What do the following memberships actually mean: BAPS, BAAPS, or BAPRS FRCS (Plast) registered.

We are often told to check that a Plastic Surgeon should be a member of at least one of the above. Are they qualifications or memberships? Also they should have FRCS (Plast) (FRCS means surgeon and (Plast) after their name means they have been trained in plastic surgery for a minimum number of yearsie 6 years and that it was in cosmetic or reconstructive surgery?) How many years experience of facelift surgery does a surgeon need to specialize, in the field of facelifts etc? Thanks for any help. .

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What do the following memberships actually mean: BAPS, BAAPS, or BAPRS FRCS (Plast) registered.

Thanks for your question. When looking for a surgeon, it is important to look for board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and active membership in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and/or the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). This guarantees that your physician completed at least five years of surgical training, with a minimum of two years of specialized training in plastic surgery. You can check the surgeon's board certification on the American Board of Plastic Surgery website. In addition, try to pick a surgeon who performs at least 100 of those procedures per year and be sure to read reviews, look at before and after photos, etc.

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Dr. Mentz


Houston Plastic Surgeon
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What do the following memberships actually mean: BAPS, BAAPS, or BAPRS FRCS (Plast) registered.

 I disagree and so does the California legislature with claims that the ASPS members are the "only" board certified plastic surgeons.  Facial Plastic Surgeons are specialists in plastic surgery of the face and neck and are board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS) that including Residency training have 5 years of experience performing facial plastic surgery procedures.  Any claims by any organization of superiority based upon board membership are more marketing based than factual.  As past Director of Facial Plastic Surgery, for a decade, at a major teaching institution I can attest to the high level of training and skill bestowed upon facial plastic surgeons.  Our level of training and skill in facial plastic surgery procedures is second to none!

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

Meaning of credentials

You are right in doing your homework.  It is a buyer be ware world.  In selecting a plastic surgeon, look for board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and membership in ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) and/or ASAPS (American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) denotes a surgeon that did a residency in plastic surgery (at least two years) and is board certified in plastic surgery.  You can be board certified in any field of medicine and do plastic surgery procedures.  Thus, make sure the surgeon has hospital privileges to do the proposed procedure in a hospital and not only in their office operating room.  FACS and FRCS mean Fellow in the American (or Royal) College of Surgeons.  These have nothing to do specifically with being plastic surgeons.

Todd C. Case, MD
Tucson Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 55 reviews

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