The statistics are not good. If you’re looking for the discerning eye of a female plastic surgeon, you will need to sort through approximately 10 men for every 1 woman you find.
The reasons for the disparity are many, and it won’t be surprising to any woman, especially women with children, that the prevailing obstacle is time and the lack thereof.
A woman coming out of plastic surgery training may well be in her mid-thirties before she begins to practice. We know that if a family is what she desires then she will be also be working against this issue with the division of labor in our homes: ” Even When They Don’t Have Jobs Men Do Less Housework Than Women.”
But, we digress…
If she makes it through the grueling training period, in order to become board certified, she will need to meet these criteria to be considered:
From American Society of Plastic Surgeons:
- Has completed at least five years of surgical training with a minimum of two years in plastic surgery.
- Is trained and experienced in all plastic surgery procedures, including breast, body, face and reconstruction.
- Operates only in accredited medical facilities
- Adheres to a strict code of ethics.
- Fulfills continuing medical education requirements, including standards and innovations in patient safety.
- Is board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery or in Canada by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada®.
In order to become the best of the best in aesthetic plastic surgery she will also need to do this:
From American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS):
- Be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, or certified in plastic surgery by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Plastic surgeons who are not citizens of the United States or Canada who meet the high professional and ethical standards required for Aesthetic Society membership may become ASAPS International Active Members.
- Participate in accredited Continuing Medical Education (CME) programs to stay current with developments in the field of cosmetic plastic surgery.
- Document the performance of a significant number and variety of cosmetic surgical cases to demonstrate a wide range of experience.
- Be sponsored by two ASAPS-members to ensure that the applicant’s professional reputation meets the high standards required by The Aesthetic Society.
- Adhere to current ethical standards for professional conduct as outlined by the Society’s Bylaws, Code of Ethics, and Conflict of Interest Policy observed by all ASAPS member surgeons.
That is why we have partnered with another female pioneer in her field, designer and tech wearable icon, Sylvia Heisel, to support and promote the Women’s Aesthetic Surgeons’ Symposium at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in Las Vegas.
It was a natural fit for us to support the Women of ASAPS with a gift of a tech-wearable, reflective bracelet from Heisel. Our tagline for LVBX is “A Reflection of You.” We know that everything we reflect to the outside world begins with a healthy, rested, nurtured self. As women we tend to care for others first, leaving our needs and desires for later. We hope these bracelets will act as reminders, like strings around the wrist, to the female surgeons of this prestigious group to care for themselves the way they care for their patients and their families.
We at LVBX Magazine applaud you, Women of ASAPS.