Answering Aesthetics’ Toughest Questions

The Aesthetic Foundation is devoted to improving the safety and effectiveness of aesthetic surgery and medicine through unbiased, novel research.

With your support, we can continue to uncover valuable insights that positively impact the future of our industry.

Together, we advance aesthetics.

Our Mission

Demand for aesthetic procedures is rapidly increasing, creating safety concerns that risk patients’ lives and misconceptions that challenge the aesthetic industry and its future.

Our mission is to improve the safety and effectiveness of aesthetic surgery and medicine. 

Established in 1993, The Aesthetic Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that funds and supports unbiased research that answers the biggest unknowns in aesthetics. The groundbreaking research we’ve funded has helped save patients' lives and improve aesthetic outcomes.

Externship Program: A Mentoring Experience

The Aesthetic Foundation's Externship Program helps make aesthetic education more accessible by providing medical students mentorship opportunities and increased exposure to aesthetic plastic surgery and research.


Focuses on general aesthetic plastic surgery education with potential for aesthetic research opportunities. In this program, we pair you with a board-certified plastic surgeon and Active Member of The Aesthetic Society for a yearlong 1:1 mentorship.

Externship with Scholarship

Offers the same benefits as the Externship but includes a scholarship of up to $3,500 if you qualify to help cover program-related costs such as travel, lodging, local transportation, and meals to attend your observership and The Aesthetic Meeting.

Cooperative Research Externship

Helps broaden your understanding of aesthetic research and your range of research skills. We match you with other medical students with similar interests but diverse abilities. Each cooperative team will assist with an active aesthetic research study.

Turning Research into Results

The world's most advanced board-certified plastic surgeons conduct and rely on the research we fund.

How You Can Support Our Mission


Become a Member

Join us and shape the future of aesthetic surgery.

Lead Research

Pioneer discoveries that redefine aesthetic medicine.


Your support transforms lives through groundbreaking research.

Get Involved

Engage, contribute, and make a significant impact.

Partner With Us

Together, let's advance aesthetic surgery innovation.

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Impact Stories

Receiving Our Resident Travel Scholarship Helped Propel His Education

Brian Bassiri-Tehrani, MD, was thrilled to be awarded the Resident Travel Scholarship in 2023. He was excited for the opportunity to attend The Aesthetic Meeting and learn new techniques from the best in the industry. “It was a transformative learning...

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Brian Bassiri-Tehrani, MD
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Our Externship Program Confirmed His Decision To Pursue Aesthetic Medicine

Christian Laurent, a medical student attending a medical school without a home plastic surgery program, was interested in learning more about plastic surgery so he could determine whether it was a path he wanted to pursue. The Aesthetic Foundation’s...

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Christian R. Laurent, MD
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Foundation-Funded BBL Research Helped Save Lives

The Gluteal Fat Grafting Task Force set out to answer why people were dying during and after Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) surgeries and how to make the procedure safer. The Aesthetic Foundation co-funded groundbreaking research that uncovered key issues...

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Luis M. Rios, Jr., MD
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Latest Updates


The Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation Elects Bruce Van Natta, MD as its New President

Published on Jul 11, 2024


ASERF Task Force Article Wins Silver ASHPE Award

Published on Jul 11, 2024

Your support makes progress possible. Together, we advance aesthetics.