About Us

In 1994, a group of renowned plastic surgeons recognized the need to provide an educational forum for the emerging specialty of plastic surgical skin care. The SPSSCS was created from this vision and now serves as the professional organization to promote and educate plastic surgical skin care professionals worldwide.

The SPSSCS has earned a reputation for excellence and innovation in education. It is uniquely positioned by its affiliation with plastic surgery. Its endorsement by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and its official recognition as a “related organization” by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) further confirm our standing and commitment to excellence in plastic surgical skin care.

SPSSCS Mission:

The Society of Plastic Surgical Skin Care Specialists is a voluntary, non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of education, enhancement of clinical skills, and the delivery of safe, quality skin care provided to patients from the offices of plastic surgeons certified by or eligible to sit for examination by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or facial plastic surgeons who are a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery or oculoplastic surgeons who are a member of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery or dermatologic surgeons who are a member of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.

“Naturally, the quality of the individual is far more important than memberships and certifications. That said, the two typically go hand in hand. Any esthetician pursuing SPSSCS membership is most often interested in pursuing a higher level of skin care and an exchange of ideas with others knowledgeable in the field. As a member, my aesthetician Tracy Thaden, has always demonstrated a very high standard of knowledge and professionalism. I feel that this stems from a sense of pride and intellectual awareness that is inherent in the organization. Tracy reads voraciously and stays current with the latest trends, ideas and products. She keeps me apprised of new developments in the skin care arena. Her membership has allowed her to network with others who share her enthusiasm. SPSSCS has become a dependable source of information for my practice. The journal, now mostly digital, is an important resource for anyone whose practice includes skin care and who genuinely cares about maintaining high standards. I’ve always been extremely confident in Tracy’s skills and expertise, but I’ve become even more proud to extol her participation as a board member of the nation’s leading skin care society.”

Richard L. Zeff, MD – ASAPS Member

“As Clinical Coordinator of Prescription Skin Care (The New Zealand Institute of Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery), joining the SPSSCS and attending meetings since 1997 has been one of the most enjoyable and rewarding aspects of my career progression and professional development. Attendance has contributed to our clinics’ evaluation and selection of medical skin care products, injectables and laser/IPL machines, along with providing valuable marketing advice and ideas for further developing our business. An additional benefit is the ability to attend the ASAPS 1 day non-surgical update course each year, free of charge and also courses such as the injector competency courses. Apart from remaining abreast of the very latest clinical procedures and information from industry leaders, one of the most important aspects of attending the meetings is the fantastic opportunity of socializing and sharing knowledge with peers from around the USA and the rest of the world.”

Angela Frazer, RN – Auckland, New Zealand