Patients choose cosmetic surgery for many reasons and often know a friend, family member, or a coworker who has undergone a procedure. Cosmetic surgery poses risks, so the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS) is committed to your safety – patient safety – through excellence in cosmetic surgery education.

The most major decision you make will be the careful selection of a provider. The AACS is pleased to provide you with resources that will guide your search for a qualified cosmetic surgeon, because we believe that informed patients are the best patients.

However, the AACS is not a physician’s office and cannot dispense medical advice. Any reputable cosmetic surgeon will welcome your questions and want you to be completely comfortable with their qualifications.

You can use the “Find a Cosmetic Surgeon” search engine to locate a cosmetic surgeon in your area and schedule a consultation. Only then can a physician give you personalized treatment options to meet your needs. Any questions of a medical nature sent to AACS will not be answered.

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"As AACS members, we owe our patients the honesty to evaluate new technology and to never let hype or promotion compromise our ethics. We should look at all new trends and devices with skepticism until there is evidence that they are safe and effective."

-Joseph Niamtu, III, DMD, FAACS • Niamtu Facial Cosmetic Surgery • Midlothian, VA