ASAPS Applauds Florida Board of Medicine’s Actions to Protect Patient Safety

State agency disciplines physician accused of allowing unlicensed assistants to perform liposuction; helps ensure safer medical environment

New York, NY (September 16, 2010) – The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) commends recent actions taken by the Florida Board of Medicine to protect the safety of patients seeking cosmetic surgery. The Board announced a possible one-year license suspension and $50,000 fine against a Florida family physician accused of allowing unlicensed medical assistants to perform liposuction, the second major disciplinary action recently taken by the Board that involves inadequate training in cosmetic surgery.

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that should only be performed by a well trained and properly credentialed medical professional. Allowing unlicensed or unqualified personnel to perform this type of surgical procedure is a serious breach of patient safety. The recent actions taken by the Florida Board of Medicine send a clear message that this type of compromise to patient safety will not be tolerated,” said Felmont Eaves III, MD, President of ASAPS.
ASAPS urges all consumers who are considering plastic surgery to have their procedures performed under the care of properly credentialed and trained medical professionals. A doctor's board-certification is the best indicator of his or her training in a particular medical or surgical specialty. Patients should select surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), the only Board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) to certify doctors in the specialty of plastic surgery, and avoid those whose liposuction training is based only on the completion of a brief, weekend course. Patients should also be wary of physicians offering “deep discount” procedures, or those offering surgical procedures in non-clinical settings, such as medi-spas. More information on how to check surgeon credentials can be found on the ASAPS website,

Liposuction, also called lipoplasty and suction-assisted lipectomy, removes deposits of excess fat from specific areas of the body including the face and neck. It is the second most popular surgical cosmetic procedure in the U.S., with 283,735 liposuction surgeries performed in the U.S. in 2009, according to ASAPS

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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