New Cosmetic Treatments: Safety Comes First

York, NY (March 6, 2003) — Hardly a day goes
by that we don't read in the newspaper or
hear on the radio and TV about some exciting
new medical treatment. Many of these reports
are based on valid scientific or clinical
studies, conducted by qualified professionals
and published in peer-reviewed medical journals.
Sometimes, though, stories appearing in
the media about supposed "new and improved"
treatments are not so well researched or
validated. In fact, they may be based on
little or no real scientific evidence.

Cosmetic plastic surgery is a subject of
wide interest. As a result, the media is
always looking for stories to whet the public's
appetite for new and better cosmetic treatments.
Most members of the media try very hard
to present responsible information, but
even the most conscientious reporter may
sometimes have a tough time telling the
difference between anecdotal "evidence"
and scientific fact.

The American Society for Aesthetic
Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
, the leading
educational organization in aesthetic plastic
surgery, suggests considering these questions
when evaluating the safety and merits of
new procedures:

  • Is the source of information about the
    procedure a respected medical/surgical society?
  • Have a significant number of qualified
    plastic surgeons adopted the procedure?
  • Has the procedure been published in a
    respected medical/surgical journal?
  • Has the procedure been presented to other
    medical/surgical specialists at an accredited
    national meeting?
  • Is information available on the procedure's
    expected benefits and possible risks, both
    short-term and long-term?

Plastic surgeons who are members of the
American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

have the opportunity to learn first-hand
about the latest and best treatments in
cosmetic surgery. They do this by attending
national meetings where research is presented
and evaluated by leading experts in the
field. They also obtain up-to-the-minute
information by reading a variety of clinical
and scientific publications regularly provided
by ASAPS to its members.

If you have questions about any cosmetic
treatment or surgical procedure, check the
ASAPS web site at ">,
or call ASAPS toll-free
at 1-888-ASAPS-11 for referral to a board-certified
plastic surgeon in your area.

National Patient Safety Week is March 9-15,


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 nonsurgical 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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