AACS Certified Facial Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship

The most comprehensive, hands-on training available in facial cosmetic surgery

An AACS Certified Facial Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship is a post-residency program involving advanced education and training in the art of facial cosmetic surgery.

What defines facial cosmetic surgery?

Facial cosmetic surgery is a specialty exclusively dedicated to the enhancement of appearance through surgical and medical techniques directed to the areas of the head and neck. Facial cosmetic surgery is performed by dermatologists, facial plastic surgeons, general surgeons, ophthalmologists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, otolaryngologists, plastic surgeons, and physicians from other fields.

Training Included in a Facial Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship

Facial cosmetic surgery training fellows participate as primary surgeon or direct assistant in 125 or more major facial cosmetic procedures.

  • Including a minimum of: 
    • 20 Blepharoplasty
    • 15 Rhytidectomy
    • 15 Rhinoplasty
  • Remaining procedures include brow lifts, treatment of skin lesions, skin resurfacing, cheiloplasty, genioplasty, liposuction, otoplasty, hard and soft tissue augmentation contour procedures, chemical peel, hair transplantation, dermabrasion, fat transfer, facial implants and cosmetic laser procedure epidemiology.

Training also includes: 

  • 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.

 

Eligibility Requirements for Facial Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship

A General Cosmetic Surgery training fellow applicant must qualify under one of the following specialties:

SURGICAL SPECIALTIES
Successfully completed an accredited residency program required for board certification, in Dermatology, Ophthalmology, General Surgery, Otolaryngology, or Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. To qualify, board certification must be granted by a member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), member board of the American Osteopathic Association Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists (AOA- BOS), or a certifying board that otherwise requires the completion of a residency program accredited by the ACGME, AOA-BOS.

ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY
Successfully completed an accredited single OMS certificate (DDS/DMD) or integrated dual degree OMS/MD program required for board certification, in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) MD degree with current and valid state medical and/dental licenses. To qualify, said board certification must be granted by a certifying board recognized by the American Dental Association, ie, the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial surgery or ABOMS requiring residency training that complies with both the ACGME Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in General Surgery, and the Accreditation Standards for Advanced Specialty Education Programs in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

DERMATOLOGY
Successfully completed an accredited residency program required for board certification, in dermatology. To qualify, board certification in dermatology must be granted by a member board of the ABMS, a member board of the AOA-BOS, or a certifying board that otherwise requires the completion of a residency program accredited by the ACGME, AOA-BOS.

OPHTHALMOLOGY
Successfully completed an accredited residency program required for board certification in ophthalmology. To qualify, board certification in ophthalmology must be granted by a member board of the ABMS, a member board of the AOA-BOS, or a certifying board that otherwise requires the completion of a residency program accredited by the ACGME, AOA-BOS.

Other requirements can be found on the Program Requirements for Clinical Fellowship Training in Facial Cosmetic Surgery.

 

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Locations of Facial Cosmetic Surgery Training Programs

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Below is a current list of Facial Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship Programs by region. Click on the director's name to view a description of their program and application.

 

 

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