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BLOG | How to check if a doctor is Board Certified in Mexico?

Updated: Feb 28

"In Mexico, just as anywhere else in the world, physicians that are not trained to practice plastic surgery can try to deceive patients. Any licensed doctor or physician can claim to be a “cosmetic doctor”, so the importance of finding a reputable Board certified plastic surgeon for your procedure is VITAL!" said "Sofía Murel - Managing Director at TopPlasticSurgeonsMexico".


How can you verify your plastic surgeon’s Credentials and Board Certifications as well as verify the surgical facility accreditations in Mexico?

If you would like to check if your Surgeon is Board Certified in Mexico, check the web site of the Consejo Mexicano de Cirugia Plastica, Estetica y Reconstructiva. If you want to check what facilities are approved in Mexico, you will need to check the web site for the COFEPRIS that regulates the hospitals and clinics in Mexico. The first and most important step is to ask your doctor his medical license number, called cédula profesional in Spanish. This is not enough, and you must also ask for their Mexican Association of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery (AMCPER) certification.

In Mexico, the AMCPER is the highest plastic surgery board, similar to the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

You can also check the Consejo Mexicano de Cirugía Plástica, Estética y Reconstructiva, A.C.

- Go to the website

- Click on “Especialistas Certificados” to check whether a doctor is board certified by Mexican Board of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery.

What is the Meaning of Board Certification?

A board certified plastic surgeon by The Mexican Board of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, assures that the doctor has graduated from an accredited medical school and has completed at least 6 years of additional training as a resident surgeon in a program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Medical Education. This includes a minimum of 6 years of residency training in all areas of surgery, including at least 3 years devoted entirely to plastic surgery. Certification is a voluntary process a surgeon seeks after this training.

To become certified, the doctor then must pass comprehensive written and oral exams.

ARLETTE | Actual patient at TopPlasticSurgeonsMexico

All Inclusive Package in Mexico:

SMAS Facelift + Complete Blepharoplasty + 9 days in a 4**** hotel

Total Cost: US$5,990

Average cost in the USA: US$17,000 (savings 65%)

A "Board-Certified cosmetic surgeon" or a “Board-Certified aesthetic surgeon” is NOT a “Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon”

Many doctors marketing themselves as “cosmetic” surgeons do procedures beyond the scope of their training. The problem is that most of patients don’t know the difference between a “board-certified Aesthetic or cosmetic surgeon” and a board-certified Plastic Surgeon.

Many patients falsely assume that a surgeon only need to be board-certified to perform plastic surgery procedures.

“Cosmetic surgery – is NOT just another way of saying Plastic Surgery”.

Doctors who advertise themselves as certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS) don't measure up to meet the criteria required for board-certified plastic surgeons.

Before & After SMAS FaceLift 

"In recent years, there have been several reports of Boctched procedures performed by “board certified physicians”. But after thorough verification we see that most of Botched procedures were coming from offices that don’t belong to plastic surgeons and most of physicians who performed such procedures have not gone through plastic surgery residency, and are not qualified as Board Certified Plastic Surgeons".

Why are some surgeons not Board Certified Plastic Surgeons?

Any licensed doctor or physician can claim to be a “cosmetic doctor”.

There’s a growing trend for physicians with other specialties performing cosmetic procedures after taking weekend courses. This is dangerous, and it’s alarming board-certified plastic surgeons.

In many countries, physicians who are not Board Certified in Plastic Surgery state they are “Board Certified” without specifying by whom they are certified. They advertise plastic surgery but only have a Board in another field, such as General Surgery or Gynecology, or may make statements such as “Cosmetic Surgery Board Certified”, “Board Certified by the State Medical Board” etc.

Therefore, Do not be afraid or feel shy about asking your doctor about their Board Certification because for most of physicians such as Otolaryngologists, Gynecologists, Ophthalmologists, Dermatologists, OMFS, internal doctors, Pediatrics, etc... carry out a plastic surgery procedure is considered "out of scope".

As explained above, a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon must have at least six years of surgical training, including completion of an accredited plastic surgery training program. They must perform thousands of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery procedures of different types, pass rigorous written and oral examinations and commit to continuing education and assessment throughout their careers.

However, an American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS) has to complete only one year of surgical training, one written and oral examination completed during a single weekend, with NO continuing medical education requirements. Although complications can happen with any type of procedure; having a surgery performed by a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon greatly reduce risks.

The meaning of board certified plastic surgeon is an indication that the specialist has completed an approved medical education program and an evaluation, including an examination designed to assess the knowledge, experience and skills necessary to provide high quality care in that specialty at the time the certificate is awarded.

"TopPlasticSurgeonsMexico in Mexico City aims to provide safe, ethical plastic surgeons with an extensive knowledge of the entire spectrum of plastic surgery, who are able to represent plastic surgery specialty in the highest standards for optimal results and patient satisfaction". said "Sofía Murel - Managing Director at TopPlasticSurgeonsMexico".

DALILAH | Actual patient at TopPlasticSurgeonsMexico

All Inclusive Mommy Makeover Package in Mexico:

Breast Lift + Implants + 360°Lipo + Tummy Tuck + BBL + 12 days in a 4**** hotel

Total Cost: US$9,900

Average cost in the USA: US$30,000 (savings 67%)

| How to find a reputable plastic surgeon in Mexico?

The importance of finding a reputable Board certified plastic surgeon for your procedure is VITAL! To find a good and reputable surgeon, the most important is to check:

1. What is the surgeon’s training?

You must be sure that the surgeon is trained and experienced in performing the procedure you are considering. Choosing an otolaryngologist (ENT) for a nose surgery or a gynecologist for a liposuction is a very risky decision.

2. Is the plastic surgeon certified?

The next step is to verify that the surgeon you have chosen for your procedure is a Board Certified and member of recognized national association of plastic surgery.

To practice any plastic surgery procedure in Mexico, your surgeon has to be member of the AMCPER Associación Mexicana de Cirugía Plastica Estetica y Reconstructiva (Mexican Association of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery)

You can also check if your surgeon is member of an International Association, such as ISAPS (The International Society of Plastic Surgery). ISAPS is the largest international society of individual plastic surgeons.

To become a member of ISAPS, your surgeon must be accepted by the national plastic surgery society in the country in which he currently practice. ISAPS Membership is by invitation and is granted to applicants only after extensive screening.

ISAPS membership ensures that your plastic surgeon is Nationally and Internationally Board Certified.

Surgeons at TopPlasticSurgeonsMexico are all member of:

| Mexican Association of Plastic Aesthetic & Reconstructive Surgery AMCPER - Asociación Mexicana de Cirugía Plástica, Estética y Reconstructiva, A.C.

| Mexican Council of Plastic Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery CMCPER - Consejo Mexicano Cirugía Plástica, Estética y Reconstructiva A.C. CMCPER is the largest Mexican society of individual plastic surgeons. Membership is by invitation and is granted to applicants only after extensive screening.

| Ibero-Latin American Federation of Plastic Surgeons FILACP

| ISAPS (The International Society of Plastic Surgery)

3. Check your surgeon’s experience!

Being a board certified surgeon is not enough. You have to find out how your surgeon has trained, how many years of experience, how many times he has performed the procedure you are having, and what its prior patients’ results are like.

TopPlasticSurgeonsMexico’s medical team is run by the Mexican elite of highly qualified plastic surgeons who practice in Mexico. All of them have from 20 to 30 years’ experience in plastic and reconstructive surgery and are qualified members of the most important Medical Boards in Mexico in the USA.

4. Check the place where your surgery will be performed

A Board certified plastic surgeons only operates in accredited hospitals and surgical centers and adheres to strict ethical guidelines. If a surgeon or practice is not upfront about where your surgery will be performed, don’t use him!

At TopPlasticSurgeonsMexico all the surgeries are performed by:

- Two board-certified surgeons

- Both surgeons are attended by two nurse assistants

- Board certified MD anesthesiologist -with an attending nurse - who solely practices anesthesia and has achieved the highest level of training and experience in this medical specialty.

- The anesthesiologist stays with the patient throughout the surgery and until the patient is discharged from the recovery room.

- Two instrumentalist nurses.

“Our surgeons have worked with their medical staff for over 20 years. They have been involved in thousands of surgical cases.”

5. How the surgeon handles patient care during recovery?

If you are travelling to Mexico for plastic surgery, a reputable plastic surgeon will have to see you for follow-up visits at least once a week + a final visit 24h before you return home to ensure all is going well.

Your surgeon or his assistant have to be available 24/7 via phone to answer questions or emergency after surgery.

TopPlasticSurgeonsMexico will arrange, not only several post-operative visits with your plastic surgeon during your stay in Mexico City; but the company ensures each patients will access to a doctor visit every day at the hotel where he/she will be staying, along with a 24/7 phone assistance in case of emergency.

6. How is transportation to and from surgery handled?

Driving after plastic surgery is impossible. Companies specialized in Medical Tourism industry, that receive out of town patients must provide free transportation with a personal driver to and from hospital at all stage of your recovery and journey.

All Inclusive Plastic Surgery Packages provided by TopPlasticSurgeonsMexico includes free transportation with personal driver.

7. Check all the potential costs before booking a procedure overseas

If you have chosen to go overseas for plastic surgery is to save money. Before travelling you have to take into consideration all costs in relation with your surgery such as surgeon’s fees, plane tickets, and lodging. You have to consider also the cost of extra time off work to travel, food and local transportation while you are abroad, supplies or nursing care you might need during recovery, and a built-in cushion for additional procedures in the future to revise your results, just in case. To avoid all kind of extra expenses out of your Budget once in Mexico, TopPlasticSurgeonsMexico provide All Inclusive Plastic Surgery Packages, there is NO HIDDEN COST!

“Our surgeon partners see every year patients from over 20 countries around the world. Patients include Super Model Cover Girls, Celebrities, Latin America Playboy Playmates, Latin America Cosmopolitan Magazine, Allure models and many others... With over twenty years of experience, our surgeons have set the standard for superior artistry in all areas of cosmetic plastic surgery.” said "Sofía Murel - Managing Director at TopPlasticSurgeonsMexico".

LILIANA | Actual patient at TopPlasticSurgeonsMexico

All Inclusive Package in Mexico:

Breast implants + 360°Lipo + Brazilian Butt Lift

+ 8 days in a 4**** hotel

Total Cost: US$7,800

Average cost in the USA: US$20,000 (savings 61%)

Our All Inclusive Plastic Surgery Packages include:

- The Surgical Procedure
- Board Certified Plastic Surgeons fees
- Certified Anesthesiologist and all Medical Team fees
- Certified Hospital Stay
- Supplies and disposable materials / All medication required during surgery
- Breast Implants
- from 7 to 12 days in a 4**** Hotel
- All the Pre and Post-operative Consultations
- All the local Transportation from and to (Airport / Hotel  -  Hotel / Hospital - Hotel / Medical Consultations...)
- Bilingual Assistant
- A Medical Doctor (M.D) -not a nurse- will visit you in your hotel room 6 days a week to check your health after surgery; to help you change your bandages and to assist you with anything you may need during your recovery time at the hotel.

Operating room after surgery | Certified nurses & Board Certified Anesthesiologist
Operating room | TopPlasticSurgeonsMexico

Why do people go to Mexico for Plastic Surgery?

"The standard of healthcare in Mexico is one of the best in the world and this is not a coincidence if Mexico City (capital of Mexico) is consistently one of the top 5 medical tourism destinations in the world, year after year".

Mexico offer the best combination of high quality plastic surgery and affordable prices.

The standard of healthcare in Mexico is one of the best in the world and this is not a coincidence if Mexico City (capital of Mexico) is consistently one of the top 5 medical tourism destinations in the world, year after year.

There are many reasons why every year thousands of patients from all over the world choose Mexico to perform their surgery:

- Quality of Care & Personalized Care. Patients who travel to Mexico for plastic surgery often report that the quality of surgical care is best in class and when it comes to personalized care and attention from the doctor, is usually better than in their home country. Surgeons in Mexico invest more time with the patient and have more empathy and involvement with their condition. They also perform extensive and thorough check-ups and patients will not feel as rushed as they often do in the US.

- No barrier language

- Affordable prices (the price of plastic surgery is about one-third of what it costs in US and Canada)

- The city is easily accessible by land and air

- Private Clinics offer the most advanced procedures

- Doctors are highly trained and internationally certified.

…But knowing which doctors in Mexico are reputed and trustworthy can be difficult!

Before & After Mommy Makeover Package in Mexico | TopPlasticSurgeonsMexico
Are Mexican plastic surgeons good?

Looking for the best plastic surgeon has become an obsession for million people, make them travelling to other countries to undergo a plastic surgery procedure.

Mexico is leading the beauty industry. The country is in the Top 3 of the countries with the largest number of cosmetic surgeries in the Top 5 of the countries with the higher number of surgery per capita.

Therefore, every year millions of international patients from all over the world travel to Mexico to undergo plastic surgery.

There is no better indicator than the number of surgeries performed to realize that Mexican surgeons are very experienced, skilled and worldwide renowned for their high level of artistry in all areas of cosmetic plastic surgery, and with the low prices, Mexico is now considered among the top destinations for plastic surgery overseas.


According to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) survey of 2019, the top five countries that perform the most cosmetic surgeries and procedures are as follows:



Total Procedures
















In total, the USA, Brazil and Mexico accounted over 33% of all of the cosmetic procedures - surgical and non-surgical - in the world in 2019.




Total Procedures PER 100,000 people
















Mexican vs USA American plastic surgeons.

What country has the best plastic surgeons?

The United States of America is the biggest plastic surgery market with the highest number of cosmetic procedures performed in the world. Each year over 4.5 million plastic surgery procedures are performed there.

"However, the order is a little different when the population sizes of the surveyed countries are taken into account. In this instance, Mexico jumps up to the USA place with 520 procedures per 100,000 people, and the USA drops out of the top five. It means that proportionally, Mexican surgeons perform more procedures than US surgeons".

And according to reports, 1 in 3 Mexican women from middle to upper class had plastic surgery at least once in their life, meaning the country has the highest plastic surgeries performed per capita.

People around the world choose to travel for plastic surgery because of low prices or better health care. But choosing to have a plastic surgery in Mexico procedure can give you both

| Who is the best plastic surgeon in Mexico?

Finding the right plastic surgeon that best fits your goals and needs is a challenge affecting everyone, especially if it is your first time having plastic surgery.

With so many qualified and experienced plastic surgeons in the market, it is impossible to state “who is the best plastic surgeon”

However, if you are you looking for some of the best plastic surgeons in Mexico, you are in the right place.

Below we will explain you how and why TopPlasticSurgeonsMexico succeeded to create a medical team with some of the best plastic surgeons in Mexico.

1. Because TopPlasticSurgeonsMexico is the unique truly independent operator in Mexico.

The company are not aligned to any one hospital or plastic surgeon.

Over the years, they have scoured Mexico city to select the right hospitals and the best internationally-recognized plastic surgeons in the capital. They have interviewed dozens of plastic surgeons and they met hundreds of patients, to finally create the most perfect medical team selected on 5 factors: Evidence of excellent past work, a flawless track record, Experience, Service and Price.

20 years after the company was created, TopPlasticSurgeonsMexico’s medical team is run by elite of highly qualified plastic surgeons who practice in Mexico. All have graduated from the best international universities in Mexico, and/or in the USA.

2. Internationally Award Company

Top Plastic Surgeons Mexico has been the recipient of innumerable international awards for its landmark work in plastic surgery. Among these awards, they were selected as one of the top medical tourism company by Consumer's Research Council of Latin America. They also received the Patient's Choice Award, being highly rated and recommended by actual patients.

Categories in which specialists ranked medical tourism organizations include:

Best Overall Quality - Reputation - Plastic surgery outcomes - Patient safety - Financial performance - Efficiency - Growth in patient volume - Best post operative recovery solutions - Experience/Reputation of Surgeons, Medical Teams, Clinics, hospitals and medical Centers working with the medical organization.

"HOW TO CHECK IF A DOCTOR IS BOARD CERTIFIED IN MEXICO?" Article written by Gabriela Lomo - Office Manager at

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