Self-described “beauty authority”, NewBeauty magazine (Winter/Spring 2015, p.194) gets it wrong in their latest issue. The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery is setting the record straight in an open letter to NewBeauty magazine, published on the ABCS blog.

What does it mean if a surgeon is “Board Certified”?

Being a “Board Certified” or “Diplomate” surgeon means that he or she has successfully completed an approved surgical residency training program and successfully passed a rigorous written and oral evaluation process designed to assess crucial knowledge, skills and experience necessary to provide quality patient care in a particular surgical specialty or subspecialty.

The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS)

In the case of Cosmetic Surgery, the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery is the only written and oral American certifying board devoted to examining a surgeon’s skill exclusively in Cosmetic Surgery of the face, breast, body, cosmetic dermatology, cosmetic surgical principles, and patient safety.  It is an independent sub-specialty board that examines and certifies surgeons who are already board certified from well qualified disciplines including  facial plastic surgery, general surgery, plastic surgery, otolaryngology, oculoplastic surgery, and oral-maxillofacial surgery.

American Board of Cosmetic Surgery

Why Choose an ABCS Surgeon?

The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS) prides itself on setting the highest standards for surgeons in the specialty of cosmetic surgery. Click on the link to read through 9 Facts About ABCS Surgeons and what it takes for a surgeon to become board certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and you will see why choosing an ABCS surgeon means you are choosing a genuine cosmetic surgery specialist.

Dr. Thornton is a double board certified cosmetic surgeon and Diplomate of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS) and he is currently serving his fifth term as an oral board examiner for the ABCS.  In addition, he is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery in both General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care / Trauma Surgery.

Dr Michael Thornton

Expertise of Dr. Michael Thornton

Dr. Michael L. Thornton is a fellowship-trained, dual board certified Cosmetic Surgeon and Diplomate of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and was specifically trained in both traditional and modern techniques in cosmetic surgery during his 12-month advanced cosmetic surgery fellowship. Dr. Thornton attends yearly national cosmetic surgery meetings and participates in advanced courses to offer you the latest techniques in facial cosmetic surgery.