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Frequently Asked Questions

Who may sponsor me for membership?  Any member of the Aesthetic Society, who is not a family member, an associate and/or partner in the same practice, may sponsor you for membership.

How do I know if someone is a member of the Aesthetic Society? A listing of Active Members can be found on www.smartbeautyguide.com under “Find a Surgeon.

How many sponsors will I need to have ultimately?  You will need at least two (2) sponsors. U.S. and Canadian applicants must have one sponsor that is in your geographical location while the other can be any Aesthetic Society Active/Life Member that knows you well. Each sponsor will need to complete the sponsorship form on your behalf (the forms will be included with the application). International applicants must have one Aesthetic Society Active/International Active or Life Member sponsor, and the other must be a member of your national society in IPRAS or from an ISAPS member in their country.

What exactly is my geographical area? Your geographical area is considered to be within approximately 100 miles of your practice. Special circumstances will be considered on an individual basis if there are no Active Members that you know in your area.

How do I document my cases? The application will include a case summary for you to complete.

I have to submit copies of my advertising along with my application, what are the guidelines used for evaluation?  All advertising, websites and social media accounts must comply with the The Aesthetic Society Code of Ethics. Self-promotion without factual backup is prohibited.  A few examples of phrases to avoid include:

  • Extraordinary results
  • Leader in field
  • Well known for exceptional results
  • The best
  • Creating masterpieces
  • Gifted surgeon
  • Choose the best
  • Gender based statements suggesting superiority

Keep in mind that you are ultimately responsible what appears on any website or social media.  Make sure that no statements are included that you fear may go against the Code of Ethics.

What are the fees and when should they be paid? There is a $250.00 Application Fee that must be paid along with your completed application. Once voted in, you will be required to pay your annual membership dues:

  • Membership dues for Active Members are $1275.00
  • Membership dues for International Active Members are $545.00

What are the steps involved in evaluating my application?

  • Once the application is received in the Central Office, your materials will be assembled.
  • If the application is missing anything the Membership Manager will notify you and your staff.
  • After all applications have been assembled, a list of the applicants will then be compiled and submitted to the membership for review.
  • All Members will have 30 days to review the list and provide their recommendations.
  • Your application will then be sent to your Regional Representative and the Application Review Committee Chair for further review.
  • The Regional Representative will evaluate the application – any issues will be discussed with the Committee.
  • The Application Review Committee will discuss all the applicants via conference call with recommendations being made to the Board of Directors.
  • The Board of Directors will then make their recommendations and the final list of applicants will be comprised.
  • These names will then be placed on the Ballot for electronic voting by the membership.

When will my application be voted on?

  • Applications submitted by January 5 will be voted on just prior to The Aesthetic Meeting.
  • Applications submitted by July 1 will be voted on electronically in December.

How will I be notified if my application has been accepted? You will be notified by the Membership Manager within a few weeks after the membership has voted.

The Aesthetic Society central office contact:

Marissa Simpson – Membership Manager
Email: marissa@surgery.org
Phone: 800/364-2147 ext. 120

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