Certified Cosmetic Surgery Fellowships

Launch your career as a cosmetic surgeon with an AACS Certified Fellowship.

AACS Certified Cosmetic Surgery Fellowships are the only cosmetic surgery training programs that fully prepare you for a career in cosmetic surgery. 

Offered in General Cosmetic Surgery and Facial Cosmetic Surgery, these fellowships are post‐residency programs involving advanced education and training in the art of cosmetic surgery.

The cometic surgery market is projected to grow to $56.495 billion by 2024


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Perform over 300 cosmetic surgery cases during your fellowship

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Learn how to run a successful cosmetic surgery practice

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Get unparalleled hands‐on training in general or facial cosmetic surgery

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Gain direct access and mentorship from a top cosmetic surgeon

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WATCH: Why Choose an AACS Certified Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship?

There are currently no residency programs in the U.S. devoted exclusively to cosmetic surgery. Existing residency programs in general surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, plastic surgery, and other specialties, do not include adequate training to perform the vast array of cosmetic surgery procedures.

Recognizing this void, AACS encouraged creation of and now certifies post‐residency Cosmetic Surgery Fellowships in General Cosmetic Surgery and Facial Cosmetic Surgery.

Two Types of AACS Certified Cosmetic Surgery Fellowships

General Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship

A fellowship in general cosmetic surgery is a post‐residency program involving advanced education and training in the art of cosmetic surgery.

Training fellows participate as primary surgeon or direct assistant in 300 or more cosmetic surgery procedures involving the body and extremities, breast, and skin, as well as non-surgical cosmetic procedures like Botox and fillers.

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Facial Cosmetic Surgery Fellowships

A fellowship in facial cosmetic surgery is a post-residency program involving advanced education and training in the art of facial cosmetic surgery.

Training fellows participate as primary surgeon or direct assistant in 125 or more major facial cosmetic procedures, including blepharoplasty, rhytidectomy, and rhinoplasty, as well as procedures like brow lifts, skin resurfacing, liposuction, chemical peel, hair transplantation, fat transfer, and facial implants, among others.

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In both fellowships, training fellows can expect…

  • The most extensive hands-on training on general cosmetic surgery or facial cosmetic surgery procedures

  • A broad and complete sequence of patient experiences, designed for the fellow to master:

    • the principles of aesthetics
    • patient consultations and management
    • complications management
    • postoperative care of common cosmetic procedures
  • An intimate, unparalleled training experience led by your fellowship director on running a successful cosmetic surgery practice, from creation to management. 

  • Instruction in the basic sciences, anatomy, anesthesia, ethics, pre-and postoperative management, surgical technique, wound healing, laboratory technique. medicolegal and regulatory issues, and quality assurance should be included in the curriculum

  • Regularly scheduled didactic sessions including morbidity and mortality conferences, Core Curriculum Review, clinical presentations, and research and basic science presentations

  • Weekly seminars with your director, and a mandatory reading list from landmark cosmetic surgery topics.

"If you are passionate about the field of cosmetic surgery...

I highly recommend an AACS fellowship to get the most comprehensive educational experience. Not only did I gain these valuable skills, but I was also equipped with the knowledge and experience that allowed me to operate my own cosmetic surgery practice directly out of fellowship."

- Dr. Jessica West

Training Fellows Must Meet Eligibility Criteria

Training fellow applicants must meet certain criteria to be considered for an AACS Certified Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship.

These can include:

  • US Residency

  • ABMS or AOA board certification

  • Residency program completion in eligible specialties

View General Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship and Facial Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship eligibility criteria.

Fellowship Match and Application Process

AACS Certified Fellowship Programs officially begin in July each year. AACS helps match fellowship trainee applicants with available fellowship programs through the AACS Certified Fellowship Match.

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Find the Fellowship Location Right For You

It’s your choice when it comes to your cosmetic surgery training. We have over 25 cosmetic surgery fellowships across the United States.

Explore the different programs and consider location, director, timing and more.

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Get answers to your questions on how to choose a fellowship program, tuition reimbursement, the approval process and more.

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Route to Board Certification

AACS fellows are eligible for board certification by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, an important distinction rare in the field.

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