Schools and Residency Programs for Cosmetic Surgeons: How to Choose

Cosmetic surgery is the process of using plastic or reconstructive surgery principles in order to achieve an aesthetic goal for the purpose of beautification. Cosmetic surgery is typically explored in 1-year fellowship programs following a residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

View popular schools

Plastic and cosmetic surgery residencies are generally required for medical school graduates who are interested in ultimately becoming cosmetic surgeons. These residencies can be found at the medical schools of 4-year universities, clinics and hospitals.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Schools

Each of these schools offers a residency program in plastic and/or reconstructive surgery:

College/University Location Institution Type
Harvard University Boston, MA 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Stanford University Stanford, CA 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD 4-year, Private not-for-profit
University of California San Francisco San Francisco, CA 4-year, Public
University of Pennsylvania, Perelman Philadelphia, PA 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, MO 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Yale University New Haven, CT 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Duke University Durham, NC 4-year, Private not-for-profit
University of Chicago, Prizker Chicago, IL 4-year, Private not-for-profit

Find schools that offer these popular programs

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Cardiovascular Technologies
  • Electrocardiograph Tech. - ECG, EKG
  • Electroencephalographic Tech. - EEG, END
  • EMT and Paramedic
  • Genetic Therapy
  • Industrial Radiologic Technology
  • Medical Radiologic Therapist
  • Nuclear Medical Technologist
  • Perfusionist
  • Physician Assistant
  • Radiation Protection Technology
  • Radiological Science and Technologies
  • Respiratory Care Therapy
  • Surgical Technologies
  • Ultrasound and Sonography Technologies

School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when choosing a plastic and reconstructive surgery school:

  • Get more information about the curriculum to make sure that the general and specialized coursework meets your educational needs.
  • If you are interested in treating particular groups of patients, such as burn victims, pediatric patients or bariatric reconstruction patients, find a residency that allows you to work with these groups.
  • Find out if the program gives students the opportunity to work under the supervision of mentors, allowing for a more personal educational experience.
  • Get more information about on-campus social organizations, which can provide opportunities to network, discuss surgical journals and listen to guest lecturers.

Residency in Plastic Surgery

A residency program in plastic surgery may be completed in 3-6 years, depending on the prior surgical experience and education of the student. Clinical experiences may be required in areas such as hand trauma, pediatric reconstruction, cardiac and vascular reconstruction, burn victim treatment, urology and neurosurgery. Publishable research projects may also be required. The didactic aspect of residency training typically involves attending conferences and seminars.

After earning a medical degree, aspiring cosmetic surgeons can enroll in a residency program focused specifically on the field, which can provide advanced coursework and clinical experience in order to prepare them for this career.

Next: View Schools

What is your highest level of education?

Some College
Complete your degree or find the graduate program that's right for you.
High School Diploma
Explore schools that offer bachelor and associate degrees.
Still in High School
Earn your diploma or GED. Plan your undergraduate education.

Schools you may like:

Popular Schools

The listings below may include sponsored content but are popular choices among our users.

    • MS in Nursing
    • Master of Healthcare Administration
    • BS in Health Science
    • Bachelors of Science in Nursing - RN to BSN
    • BS in Healthcare Administration

    What is your highest level of education completed?

    • EdD in Organizational Leadership - Health Care Administration
    • MBA: Health Systems Management
    • MS in Health Care Administration
    • BS in Health Sciences: Professional Development & Advanced Patient Care
    • Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science
    • BS in Health Care Administration

    What is your highest level of education?

    • MSHS Medical Laboratory Sciences
    • MSHS in Immunohematology and Biotechnology
    • MSHS in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences
    • MSHS in Translational Microbiology

    What is your highest level of education?

    • Doctor of Strategic Leadership - Healthcare Leadership
    • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership - Healthcare Management
    • Master of Business Administration - Healthcare Management

    What is your highest level of education completed?

  • What is your highest level of education?

    • MBA - Healthcare Administration
    • Master of Science in Management - Healthcare Administration

    What is your highest level of education completed?

  • What is your highest level of education?

    • Bachelor of Science in Health Science with a Concentration in Magnetic Resonance Imaging
    • Bachelor of Science in Health Science with a Concentration in Computed Tomography
    • Associate of Science in Health Science

    What is your highest level of education completed?

    • Surgical Technology

    What is your highest level of education completed?

  • What is your highest level of education completed?

Find your perfect school

What is your highest level of education?