Membership is the first step in supporting The Aesthetic Foundation and your chance to impact the future of your profession. When you become a member, you join a community of like-minded aesthetic professionals committed to improving the safety and effectiveness of aesthetic surgery and medicine. 

While membership dues are just $200 a year, the collective impact is exponential when our whole community comes together. Our goal is for 100% of Aesthetic Society members to be members of The Aesthetic Foundation.

2024 Aesthetic Foundation Members: 957

Goal: 1,814

Last updated April 9, 2024

If you aren’t a member, now is your chance to join our community of aesthetic professionals making a real impact by coming together to give back. 

Every member matters. Together, we advance aesthetics. 

Membership Eligibility 

  • All Active or Associate Members in good standing of The Aesthetic Society or the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) are eligible to be members of The Aesthetic Foundation. 

  • If you are not an active member of The Aesthetic Society or ASPS, you are eligible to become a member if you are:

    • Certified or Board-eligible by The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS)

    • Certified in plastic surgery by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

    • International (outside of U.S. and Canada) plastic surgeon who is an active member of their country’s national plastic surgery society acceptable to the Board of The Aesthetic Foundation

    • International (outside of U.S. and Canada) plastic surgeon who is an active member the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS)

  • You must support our mission and agree to abide by The Foundation's Bylaws and policies, including its Conflict of Interest Policy.

  • Membership will not be restricted on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, or creed. 

  • Final membership approval shall be at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

Membership Dues

Membership dues are $200, paid annually to cover your membership for the following calendar year (January 1 - December 31).

How To Become A Member

  • If you're a member of The Aesthetic Society, you can easily opt into The Aesthetic Foundation membership when renewing your Society membership each Fall. All you need to do is check a box on the Aesthetic Society’s invoice to pay the $200 required Aesthetic Foundation dues. 

  • If you meet the eligibility requirements listed above, you can sign up to become an Aesthetic Foundation member and pay your dues by submitting our membership form. JOIN NOW

Membership Benefits

  • An opportunity to drive positive change in your industry

  • Be part of a community of aesthetic professionals committed to improving the safety and effectiveness of aesthetic surgery and medicine

  • Access to ARC

  • Share your affiliation with The Aesthetic Foundation on your website, social media, or in-office materials. Contact us to request high-resolution logos

  • As a member, you can join a committee and further your impact. Learn more about committees

  • Eligible for a leadership position

  • Membership fee is tax-deductible


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between this membership and The Aesthetic Society membership?

The Aesthetic Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization with a membership element, whereas The Aesthetic Society is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit membership-based organization. 

While both The Aesthetic Foundation and The Aesthetic Society advance the field of aesthetics, they do so in different ways. The Aesthetic Foundation's focus on research and fundraising and The Aesthetic Society's focus on education and the aesthetic community complement each other and, together, drive professional development, improved patient safety, and aesthetic progress.

Although similar, membership in The Aesthetic Society can provide more personalized member benefits, whereas membership in The Aesthetic Foundation affects the specialty as a whole. We recommend all members join both organizations to maximize their ability to both receive and give back to the specialty.

Why is The Aesthetic Foundation membership-based?

When we initially formed The Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation (“The Aesthetic Foundation”), we applied for 501(c)(3) status and designated it as a membership organization. The Aesthetic Society could not accept charitable donations due to how their organization was incorporated, so the goal was to establish a charitable foundation with a close connection to The Aesthetic Society. While membership is part of the legal formation of The Aesthetic Foundation, our membership dues are only $200/year, so we are inclusive of any board-certified plastic surgeon who wants to join and get involved. 

What do my membership dues cover? 

All membership dues are considered a tax-deductible charitable donation supporting our overall mission. We apply them toward research grants, The Aesthetic Meeting education and fundraising efforts, and the day-to-day administration of projects and programs supporting our mission.

What is the membership duration?

$200 dues paid cover a calendar year of membership from January 1–December 31. 

How can I display that I’m a member of The Aesthetic Foundation? 

You can display The Aesthetic Foundation logo on your website, social media, and other advertising.