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.


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