Plastic Surgeons see legislation as patient safety concern

December 14, 2010

Plastic Surgeons see legislation as patient safety concern
Plastic Surgeons see legislation as patient safety concern

Officials in 30 states have approved oral-maxillofacial surgeons to perform cosmetic procedures beyond the mouth with treatments such as Botox and facial fillers, NBC affiliate WNYT reports.

A growing number of non-plastic surgeons are offering procedures that used to reside only in the realms of qualified surgeons. Some doctors are worried that this trend might eventually be a significant patient-safety issue.

Many physicians trained to perform cosmetic procedures worry that individuals who are not qualified could perform shoddy procedures that result in less-than-ideal results. The only way to ensure that one is visiting a qualified professional is to research the
credentials of potential physicians.

The Physicians Coalition for Injectable Safety encourages patients to choose a board certified physician who regularly performs cosmetic procedures of the face and skin (plastic surgeon, dermatologist, facial plastic surgeon or ophthalmic plastic surgeon) and who uses FDA approved injectables.

Those who are considering plastic surgery should be absolutely certain that the doctor they are choosing is board certified or a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.


The mission of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) includes medical education, public education and patient advocacy. Plastic Surgery News Briefs are summaries of current stories found through various news and magazine outlets that relate to or mention plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. The views expressed in these news articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of ASAPS, but are merely published as an educational service to our members and the general public. For additional information on these subjects and other plastic surgery related topics, please go to www.surgery.org

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