Certification in Aesthetic Medicine

The ABAM certification program for physicians and dentists is one year long in duration. Our program is standardized and is the same in all training locations. ABAM's training emphasizes the safety and well being of the patient. Anatomy, patient selection, minimization of complications, and treatment of complications are thoroughly covered. All candidates are required to have completed a specialty residency program. Candidates from the United States will need to have a residency program approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Certifications are issued by The American Board of Aesthetic Medicine to physicians and dentists with passing scores on the written board examination. Completion of Step 1, Step 2, and Step 3 aesthetic medicine training from ABAM is a requirement regardless of previous experience. Step 1 and Step 2 can be taken consecutively.

Delegates will take Step 1 and Step 2 after which there is a required 6 months practicing period before Step 3 can be taken. An additional practicing period of 6 months is mandatory after completing all 3 Steps. During the final practicing period delegates will have to collect and submit 1 advanced technique case from each procedure of dermal filler injection, neuromodulator / botulinum toxin injection, and laser or chemical resurfacing (mid depth resurfacing) before they can sit for the Board Examination.

Certification by ABAM is a milestone for physicians in the field of aesthetic medicine. Patients are assured that physicians Certified by the American Board of Aesthetic Medicine have met a high standard in the field. A certificate will be granted upon the successful passing of the board examination. Certified physicians and dentists can begin using the title of Diplomate of the American Board of Aesthetic Medicine to reflect their achievement.

Aesthetic Medicine Training: Step 1

Aesthetic Medicine Training

Participants will gain enough knowledge and basic techniques to complement their current practices with aesthetic medical procedures or to start a stand-alone medical spa practice.

Step 1 training will entail basic knowledge in skin and hair anatomy, basic botulinum toxin techniques (Botox / Dysport / Xeomin / Jeveau), basic dermal filler techniques (Juvederm / Restylane / Voluma / Radiesse / Bellafil / Belotero), basic laser and light therapy techniques (resurfacing / hair removal / tattoo removal IPL), laser and light devices safety, chemical peeling, the business of aesthetic medicine, and office set up for aesthetic medical procedures. Hands-on training and demonstration are performed in an actual clinical environment such as a cosmetic center or a medical spa  Tour of a functioning medical spa will also be given. Our graduates from the Step I aesthetic medical training will have the necessary knowledge and confidence to start practicing in the exciting field of aesthetic medicine. ($2,700, 20 CMEs)

Advanced Aesthetic Medicine Training: Step 2

Graduates of The American Board of Aesthetic Medicine (ABAM)’s Step 1 program or those who already have the basic skills in aesthetic medicine can participate in our Step 2 training. Participants will increase their knowledge in aesthetic medicine and acquire the newest and most up to date aesthetic techniques. Facial contouring using botox, dermal filler, and advanced aesthetic laser procedures will enable participants to take their skills in aesthetic medicine to the next level.

Step 2 training will cover procedures such as botox eyelift, scar reduction with botox, botox treatment for gummy smile, and botox masseter injection for facial shaping. Dermal filler training will include aesthetic medical procedures for facial contouring such as tear trough injection, midface / cheek augmentation, and nonsurgical nasal augmentation. Facial analysis for aesthetic procedures is an essential part of the training. Advanced laser training will consist of combination therapy for skin rejuvenation and vascular treatments. Microneedling / collagen induction therapy (CIT), essential aesthetic dermatology, and cosmeceutical will also be covered.. An Advanced Certificate in Aesthetic Medicine will be issued upon completion of Step 2 course. ($3,500, 20 CMEs)

Anti-Aging Medicine: Step 3

A 6 months practicing period is required after completing Step 2 before Step 3 can be taken. Step 3 is the final training program for participants in the process of obtaining Board Certification from The American Board of Aesthetic Medicine. It is also designed for those who would like to add Anti-Aging Medicine & Regenerative Medicine (stem cell therapy, platelet rich plasma / PRP) to their current practices.

Participants will learn additional advanced dermal filler injection techniques for facial contouring and shaping. Procedures to be covered will include temple augmentation, jawlines shaping, chin augmentation, and hands injection. Treatment of varicose veins using sclerotherapy, nonsurgical skin tightening techniques (radiofrequency/RF, ultrasound/US), nonsurgical body contouring / fat removal procedures (cryolipolysis, US cavitation, RF, Kybella), and usage of poly-L-Lactic Acid (Sculptra) will be taught

Knowledge in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) and regenerative medicine is essential for today’s aesthetic and cosmetic physicians. More and more patients are either seeking anti-aging treatment or are already receiving anti-aging therapies. Basic concept in stem cell therapy, PRP, and BHRT for the management of aging and injury will be covered. Evaluation of the aging patient, the female hormonal system, stem cell functions, stem cell harvesting, nutrition, and fitness is part of the Step 3 aesthetic training course. A Certificate in Anti-Aging Medicine will be issued upon completion of Step 3 curriculum. ($3,300, 21.75 CME)

Board Examination

After completion of all required training (Step 1-3), candidates must submit 3 advanced procedure cases in order to sit for the Board Examination. The written examination is 4 hours in duration. (Examination fee $2,000)


Aesthetic medicine courses are available at our national and international regional training centers

USA aesthetic courses and training centers (San Diego/California, Verona/New Jersey, Jupiter/Florida) : Providing training for the USA, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico / Latin America, and the Caribbean

Asia aesthetic courses and training center (Bangkok, Thailand) : Providing training for Thailand, Lao, Singapore, Hong Kong, China,Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines, Australia, and New Zealand

Middle East/Africa aesthetic courses and training centers (Dubai/UAE, Beirut/Lebanon, Cairo/Egypt, Baghdad/Iraq) : Providing training for Dubai/UAE, Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia/KSA, Kuwait, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Jordan, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Libya, Turkey, Israel, Pakistan, India, Sudan, Nigeria, and South Africa