About Us

The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery is the home for physicians from all specialties looking to advance their skills in cosmetic surgery.

Since its inception in 1985, the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery has become the leading educational provider for cosmetic surgery practitioners from a diverse array of medical specialties, including dermatology, oral & maxillofacial surgery, otolaryngology, general surgery, ophthalmology, and plastic/reconstructive surgery.
AACS is comprised of over 1,600 members who pursue educational and training opportunities in cosmetic surgery to ensure consistently high quality patient care. From live surgery workshops to our Annual Scientific Meeting, the AACS is the most trusted resource for patient safety through cosmetic surgery education.

The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery will lead as the multi-disciplinary professional association advancing excellence and safety in cosmetic surgery and aesthetic medicine.

We provide education, professional development and advocacy to advance the multi-specialty, global discipline of cosmetic surgery and aesthetic medicine.

Cosmetic Surgery vs. Plastic Surgery

Cosmetic surgery is a unique discipline of medicine focused on enhancing a patient’s appearance through surgical and medical techniques. Cosmetic surgery can be performed on all areas of the head, neck and body; its an elective procedure because treated areas, while lacking aesthetic appeal, function properly.
Plastic surgery is defined as a surgical specialty dedicated to reconstruction of facial and body defects due to birth disorders, trauma, burns, and disease. Plastic surgery is intended to correct dysfunctional areas of the body and is reconstructive in nature.
Visit our patient FAQs to learn more about the difference between cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery, and how to choose your cosmetic surgeon. This section clears up a number of misconceptions in the media, issues about board certification and the multi-disciplinary nature of cosmetic surgery.
Visit our cosmetic surgery procedures section for descriptions of popular procedures.


Becoming a member of the AACS will give you access to a network of cosmetic surgery professionals who are committed to patient safety through expanded knowledge and skills. From our publications and practice management tools to discounts on educational opportunities, AACS members enjoy privileges that make a tangible impact on their surgical outcomes and patient care. The AACS welcomes both US-trained and international physicians for membership, as well as non-physicians who assist in the delivery of cosmetic surgery. Join the AACS.

Clinical Fellowship Training

You’ve heard the long-held rule that the achievement of true expertise requires approximately 10,000 hours of practice and study. That’s why the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery provides in-depth clinical fellowship programs. For one year, fellows have access to a multitude of patients and the most sought-after minds in cosmetic surgery. You’ll learn the methods, science and art that drive excellent outcomes in a rapidly growing medical discipline. Take the Next Step.

Education and Workshops

AACS also offers a comprehensive roster of training and education opportunities for those looking to learn new or advanced skills. Workshops vary from cadaver dissection instruction to live surgery demonstrations or large meetings – all rooted in evidence based approaches that will drive the safest patient outcomes. Explore our educational offerings.