Surgeons Join Forces For Safety's Sake

There has been a frightening surge in the number of unproven cosmetic procedures being marketed by unqualified practitioners to the public-an audience that has become increasingly interested in aesthetic enhancement. Accordingly, in an effort to provide credible information on the strongest platform possible, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), the American Society Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) have come together to create the Physicians Aesthetic Coalition.

"All of the organizations have active and successful patient safety initiatives" said Jonathan Sykes, MD, president of the AAFPRS. "However, we feel that a unified voice representing more than 8,000 board certified physicians will further advance our goals of informing the public of patient safety issues and continuing patient safety educational efforts to all members."

"One of the Coalition's founding principles is to develop educational forums for the public and media, transparent and free of commercial bias," said Jeffery S. Dover, MD, president of the ASDS. "Over the next several months we will be announcing new resources to help differentiate fact from fiction."

It's that shared goal of clear, objective, accessible information that inspired the creation of the Coalition and drives its admirable endeavor.

"Nothing is more important to us, both as a medical society and as individual physicians, than keeping our patients safe," said Jeffrey A. Nerad, MD, president of the ASOPRS. "We are hopeful that this new Coalition will help us in achieving this end."

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