ASPS gives advice on safe cosmetic surgery

28 September 2011

Safety messages regarding cosmetic surgery procedures should not be ignored, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

The organisation has launched a campaign to ensure that potential patients and doctors know the risks and are aware of the necessary safety information, reports Medical News Today.

While warnings about botched procedures have become cliche, the society has said that one of the problems highlighted is the lack of proper training and skills. This can see rookie surgeons making mistakes, which could leave patients with problems including pronounced scarring, over resection, infections and in worse cases even gangrene.

Dr Malcolm Z Roth, new president of the ASPS and chief of plastic surgery at the Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York, said: "Sometimes, lengthy procedures will be done on people who are not medically suitable for them. If you have somebody who's not surgically trained, they [don't know] how to decide who's a good or bad candidate for surgery."

He added that physicians need to check a patient's record thoroughly for existing conditions and that the patients themselves should shop around for the best surgical option.

Liposuction is the most common type of plastic surgery.

Posted by Edward Bartel.

Health News is provided by Adfero in collaboration with Spire Healthcare. Please note that all copy above is ©Adfero Ltd. and does not reflect views or opinions of Spire Healthcare unless explicitly stated. Additional comments on the page from individual Spire consultants do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of other consultants or Spire Healthcare. 

Find a treatment, test or scan available at:


Find a consultant

Use one or more of the options below to search for a consultant and link through to view their Spire profile.


Let us help you

fill out this form and we will get back to you:

Please select a hospital

We can call you

Please enter your details below and we will call you back.

What is the aim of your enquiry?

Please select a hospital

If we are unable to reach you by phone, please include your email address so that we can get in touch...

© Spire Healthcare Group plc (2016)