Cosmetic Surgery Videos Available on Website

New videos now posted at www.surgery.org

New York, NY (February 11, 2005) — The safety of injectable cosmetic treatments, such as Botox and soft tissue fillers, is well documented, but when patients seek procedures from unqualified practitioners using substances that may or may not be medical grade products, the potential for disaster is high. As part of its ongoing effort to educate the public about cosmetic plastic surgery, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) has taken the unprecedented step of posting videos on its website (www.surgery.org) that demonstrate and discuss how qualified doctors perform injectable and other cosmetic treatments to ensure the highest standards of patient safety. These videos are one initiative of ASAPS newly created Patient Safety Steering Committee.

“With the increasing popularity of plastic surgery, it could be easy for the general public to overlook the serious nature of elective cosmetic procedures, including injectable treatments,” said Los Angeles plastic surgeon Peter B. Fodor, MD, president of the 2200-member ASAPS. “We hope that individuals who view these videos will have a better understanding of our message about patient safety -- that even seemingly simple cosmetic treatments require the knowledge and skill of appropriately trained physicians and surgeons."

The ASAPS videos reveal a “behind the scenes” look at actual aesthetic plastic surgery training courses conducted at the ASAPS annual scientific meeting, attended by plastic surgeons that are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. They include demonstrations of patients undergoing injections performed by leading surgeons. The videos are available for viewing by the public at: http://www.surgery.org/public/injectiontechniques.php

Another ASAPS video, entitled “Patient Safety, The Facts of Life,” provides in-depth information on the steps taken by board-certified plastic surgeons to protect patient safety before, during and after cosmetic surgery. This panel discussion was presented to an audience of plastic surgeons from around the world who attended The Aesthetic Meeting 2004 in Vancouver , British Columbia . To view this video, go to http://www.surgery.org/public/patientsafety.php

Dr. Fodor stresses that patients must do their homework when choosing an aesthetic plastic surgeon. “ASAPS, as the authoritative source for cosmetic surgery information, can help people sort out the facts. For that purpose, we develop a variety of educational material for our web site, www.surgery.org. However, it is up to the public to use that information and not be dazzled by false promises from unreliable sources,” he says. Dr. Fodor adds, “Cost is always a factor, but it should never be the deciding factor in cosmetic surgery. Safety and quality of training are always the key issues.”

To read more about ASAPS Patient Safety Initiative and news releases on this important subject go to: http://www.surgery.org/press/news-landing.php?section=news-safety

About 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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