• Doctors Listing Criteria



  • We believe that it's our duty to introduce consumers to doctors who have credentials and specialized training that medical authorities have verified and tested.

    As such, it's our policy to only invite doctors to participate in Q&A and our local directories if they are Cosmetic Artistry M.D. Certified doctors,  This means you will not find doctors featured in Q&A and our local doctor directory listings who are obstetrician/gynecologists, family physicians, radiologists, or other non-core aesthetic physicians who offer cosmetic medical services.

    The term "core aesthetic" is widely recognized as specialty areas of medical training, certification, and practice that require physicians to possess demonstrable knowledge associated with performing a variety of cosmetic procedures and diagnosing related conditions. While there may be excellent doctors from non-core specialties who can deliver cosmetic services in a safe manner, our community is not designed for them.

    Cosmetic Artistry M.D. Certified Doctor Criteria

    (1) A doctor must hold a specialty designation from one of the following areas:

    • Dermatologist
    • Dermatologic surgeon
    • Plastic surgeon
    • Facial plastic surgeon
    • Oculoplastic surgeon
    • General or Bariatric surgeon
    • Ophthalmologist
    • Orthodontist
    • Cosmetic dentist

    *Doctors from non-core aesthetic specialties are limited to specific areas of discussion (e.g. bariatric surgeons cannot participate in discussions about facelift surgery).

    (2) Core aesthetic doctors must be board certified

    As used on Cosmetic Artistry M.D..com, the terms "board certified" and "board certification" refer only to medical doctors and doctors of osteopathy who have earned specialty certification from an ABMS member board or a recognized ABMS non-member board. 

    Credentials of international medical professionals practicing outside the U.S. and Canada shall be verified on a case by case basis.

    (3) Good standing

    Cosmetic Artistry M.D. maintains its right to deny, suspend activity or entirely remove a doctor that meets the above-referenced criteria should they no longer maintain a good standing with state licensing agencies or boards (including the presence of open complaints ).  Additionally, these actions may be taken should we have reason to believe that a doctor has misreported or misrepresented his or her qualifications, credentials, memberships, patient testimonials, etc or if their past license history or activity within Cosmetic Artistry M.D. violates the professional standards of the Cosmetic Artistry M.D. community.  Since a doctor's standing with medical authorities is not easily attained, we ask members of the community to contact us to report problems.

    (4) Abides by participation rules

    Cosmetic Artistry M.D. offers certified doctors a unique opportunity to help consumers make informed decisions.  It's not a place for doctors to self-promote, thus, we do not allow postings that are commercially-motivated. Additionally, doctors who take part in Q&A and other means of participation on Cosmetic Artistry M.D..com (e.g. posting before and after photos) are expected to limit their involvement and discussion to procedures and topics related to the area(s) of expertise implied by their specialty designation. Example: a Cosmetic Dentist must refrain from discussing procedures, such as facelift surgery, and focus instead on discussing procedures core to their training such as teeth whitening and porcelain veneers.

    (5) Active in the community

    Upon meeting criteria 1-3, above, a doctor may join Cosmetic Artistry M.D. and begin to participate.  An active doctor has updated their profile page on Cosmetic Artistry M.D. and answered at least one question posed by our community.  This participation level is referred to on the site as "Silver" status. 

    Specialty definitions

    Dermatologist

    • This specialty may be selected by or on behalf of any actively licensed* MD or DO who is certified in dermatology by the ABD, RCPSC or AOBD.
    • Certification must be verified through the ABMS, RCPSC or AOBD.

    Dermatologic surgeon

    • This specialty may be selected by or on behalf of any actively licensed* MD or DO who meets the Cosmetic Artistry M.D. criteria for designation as a "Dermatologist," and who is also a member of the ASDS.
    • Certification must be verified through the ABMS, RCPSC or AOBD.  Membership must be verified through the ASDS.

    Plastic surgeon

    • This specialty may be selected by or on behalf of any actively licensed* MD or DO who is certified in plastic surgery by the ABPS or RCPSC.**
    • Certification must be verified through the ABMS or RCPSC. 

    Facial plastic surgeon

    • This specialty may be selected by or on behalf of any actively licensed* MD or DO who is certified in head & neck or facial plastic surgery by the ABFPRS, ABOto, AOBOOHNS, or RCPSC.
    • Certification must be verified through the ABFPRS, ABMS, AOCOOHNS, or RCSPC.

    Oculoplastic surgeon

    • This specialty may be selected by or on behalf of any actively licensed* MD or DO who meets the Cosmetic Artistry M.D. criteria for designation as an "Ophthalmologist," and who has also completed an ASOPRS-approved fellowship.
    • Certification must be verified through the ABMS or RCPSC.  Fellowship completion must be verified through the ASOPRS..

    General or Bariatric surgeon

    • This specialty may be selected by or on behalf of any actively licensed* MD or DO who is certified in general or vascular surgery by the ABS or RCPSC. 
    • Certification must be verified through the ABMS or RCPSC.

    Ophthalmologist

    • This specialty may be selected by or on behalf of any actively licensed* MD or DO who is certified in ophthalmology by the ABO or RCPSC.
    • Certification must be verified through the ABMS or RCPSC.

    Cosmetic dentist

    • This specialty may be selected by or on behalf of any actively licensed* DDS or DMD who offers cosmetic dental services.
    • Licensure must be verified through state licensing boards (except CA).

    Orthodontist

    • This specialty may be selected by or on behalf of any actively licensed* DDS or DMD who limit their scope of work to orthodontic services, unless they have also completed specialty education in another dental specialty recognized by the American Dental Assocation.
    • Completion of a orthodontic residency program
    • Licensure must be verified through state licensing boards (except CA).
    * The term "actively licensed" refers to professional participants who have an active, unrestricted license issued by the appropriate medical or other occupational governing board of the state or province in which they practice.
    **Effective July 1, 2009: The specialty "plastic surgeon" may no longer be selected by or on behalf of any actively licensed* MD or DO who is not certified in plastic surgery by the ABPS but who is an ASPS candidate member (full ASPS membership must be attained within one year). This policy change will not currently affect participants who joined Cosmetic Artistry M.D..com prior to July 1, 2009.

    Multiple specialties

    • No more than two (2) specialties may be selected for any one participant.
    • Multiple specialties may be selected in the event that a physician is certified by ABMS member boards or recognized ABMS non-member boards in more than one of the following specialties:
      • Plastic surgery
      • Facial plastic surgery
      • Dermatology
      • Oculoplastic surgery

    Directory listing

    Cosmetic Artistry M.D. Certified doctors may appear only in specialty directories that correspond with their specialty designation(s). Example: A physician designated exclusively as a Plastic Surgeon may not appear in the Facial Plastic Surgeon directory for his or her city.

    Additionally, our cosmetic procedure directories list Cosmetic Artistry M.D. Certified doctors based on their specialty designation(s). Example: A physician designated exclusively as a Facial Plastic Surgeon may not appear in the Breast Implants directory for his or her city.

    Physicians designated as non-core aesthetic specialists on Cosmetic Artistry M.D..com may not obtain directory listings for cosmetic procedures, or procedures typically performed solely or primarily to improve a patient's physicial appearance.

    Acronym definitions

    MD - Medical Doctor

    DO - Doctor of Osteopathy

    AAD - American Academy of Dermatology

    ABD - American Board of Dermatology

    ABFPRS - American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

    ABMS - American Board of Medical Specialties

    ABOto - American Board of Otolaryngology

    ABO - American Board of Ophthalmology

    ABPS - American Board of Plastic Surgery

    ABS - American Board of Surgery

    AOBD - American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology

    AOCD - American Osteopathic College of Dermatology

    ASDS - American Society of Dermatologic Surgery

    ASAPS - American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

    ASOPRS - American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

    ASMBS - American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

    ASPS - American Society of Plastic Surgeons

    DDS - Doctor of Dental Surgery

    DMD - Doctor of Dental Medicine

    RCPSC - The Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada 

    ABMS Member Boards

    The American Board of Dermatology

    The American Board of Ophthalmology

     The American Board of Otolaryngology

     The American Board of Plastic Surgery

     The American Board of Surgery

    Recognized ABMS Non-Member Boards

    The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

    American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

    American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology

    American Osteopathic Board of Otolaryngology - Head, Neck and Throat