American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
The American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) comprises an elite group of Oculo-Facial Plastic Surgeons who have training and experience in the highly specialized fields of eye, plastic, facial, and reconstructive surgery who have passed rigorous requirements to join ASOPRS.
First, the surgeon must complete a 2-year fellowship training program which has been approved by ASOPRS as having the proper volume, depth and breadth of training in cosmetic and reconstructive eyelid and facial surgery. These fellowship programs are prestigious and coveted because there are many more applicants than slots available. Each year, only about 20 surgeons in the US and Canada are trained in this field.
Furthermore, ASOPRS members must pass a written exam, an oral exam, and write a scientific thesis of original research. Only after all of these steps have been completed is a surgeon allowed to become a member of ASOPRS.