In most states, a licensed physician may perform plastic or cosmetic surgery without being board-certified in plastic surgery and may in fact call themselves a plastic surgeon. Just because a doctor is board-certified does not mean he or she is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). Many doctors will say they are Board Certified-- but the question you need to ask is "In what?" Gynecology? Dermatology? Otolaryngology? Oral Surgery? or Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery? You can check this by calling the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) at 1-888-4PLASTIC or visiting them at their web site [www.plasticsurgery.org].All members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery [ABPS]. The ABPS is the only one of the 24 boards approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties that certifies physicians in plastic surgery of the face and all areas of the body.