Before you meet a plastic surgeon, before you look at his/her before-and-after results, before you read his/her resume, before you even talk to his/her staff to ask basic questions, you need to check to see if he/she is board certified in plastic surgery (American Board of Plastic Surgery) and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Then you need to check to see if the facility is accredited.

Why should you do this?

Many cosmetic surgeons are trained and board certified in a specialty other than plastic surgery. They can legitimately claim to be board certified, but not in plastic surgery.

There are many cosmetic surgeons in this country; a small percentage are board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, are members of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), and are considered “plastic surgeons.” ASPS Member Surgeons:

  • Are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery to perform plastic surgery of the face and all areas of the body
  • Have at least six years of surgical training and experience, with a minimum of two years of plastic surgery
  • Operate only in accredited facilities
  • Fulfill continuing medical education requirements

Please check for Dr. Togba and Dr. Ellis’s ASPS accreditation here.

You may also want to read the ASPS Member Qualifications while you’re there.

Dr. Togba and Dr. Ellis’s credentials begin with board certification, but their many years of experience speak for themselves. Please click here to read Dr. Togba’s biography or here to read Dr. Ellis’s biography. We also welcome you to contact us today to learn more about our board-certified plastic surgeons in Oakland, California.