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Physicians Aesthetic Coalition Formed to Promote Patient Safety With Exclusive Commentary From Jonathan Sykes, MD, President, AAFPRS

Posted: February 2, 2011

Only on Exclusive medical esthetics-focused commentary by Jonathan Sykes, MD, president of The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery follows this news item explaining how medical spas and esthetic surgeons can work with this new organization.

Four nationally known medical societies recently announced the formation of the Physicians Aesthetic Coalition, created to promote patient safety in cosmetic medicine and aesthetic surgery through public and physician education initiatives. The coalition is a cooperative, multispecialty effort of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), the American Society Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS).

“All of the organizations have active and successful patient safety initiatives. However, we feel that a unified voice representing more than 8,000 board-certified physicians will further advance our goals of informing the public of patient safety issues and continuing patient safety educational efforts to all members,” says Jonathan Sykes, MD, president of the AAFPRS. “We look forward to working with our colleagues across specialties to increase patient safety for anyone considering cosmetic medicine or aesthetic surgery procedures.”

"Along with the increasing popularity of aesthetic surgery and noninvasive cosmetic treatments, an increasing and disturbing number of nonqualified clinicians and unproven treatments are being promoted to the public. This is a significant patient safety issue," says Felmont F. Eaves, III, MD, president of the ASAPS. “Through the coalition, we can address these issues on a stronger platform than we could individually, using credible medical evidence to help patients make informed decisions.”

“One of the coalition’s founding principles is to develop educational forums for the public and media, transparent and free of commercial bias,” says Jeffery S. Dover, MD, president of the ASDS. “During the next several months, we will be announcing new resources to help differentiate fact from fiction.”