American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Gives Thumbs Down To "Nip/Tuck" Golden Globe Nomination

New York, NY (December, 18, 2003) — "Nip/Tuck," FX's fictional plastic surgery drama, today received a nod from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association when it was nominated for the 61st annual Golden Globe as the Best Drama Series.

"Members of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, along with many television viewers from all walks of life, have criticized this program, which uses violence, sex and graphically unrealistic portrayals of plastic surgery to boost ratings," says plastic surgeon Robert Bernard, MD, of White Plains, NY, who is president of the 2100-member ASAPS. ASAPS is the leading organization of board-certified plastic surgeons specializing in cosmetic surgery.

"Yes, this is an obviously fictional portrayal of plastic surgery, but nevertheless it is most disturbing to see cosmetic surgery patients, and women in particular, demeaned in this manner," says Dr. Bernard. "Not only as a physician, but also as a husband and father, I find it extremely distasteful, and there are many around the country who have voiced similar opinions."

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) is dedicated to physician and patient education concerning all aspects cosmetic plastic surgery. ASAPS maintains a web site for the public at www.surgery.org.

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The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), is recognized as the world’s leading organization devoted entirely to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body.  ASAPS is comprised of over 2,600 Plastic Surgeons; active members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (USA) or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have extensive training in the complete spectrum of surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures. International active members are certified by equivalent boards of their respective countries. All members worldwide adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and must meet stringent membership requirements.

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