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AAD Offers Tips on Seeking Out Safe Cosmetic Procedures

Posted: September 28, 2009

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Dr. Hanke also pointed out that physicians who are members of professional associations must meet certain qualifying standards as part of their membership. Professional organizations such as the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery offer members high quality, accredited educational courses to learn about the most recent advances in the field and to refine their skills.

  • Discuss where the procedure will be performed and if office-based surgery is an option. "A fully equipped physician's office that follows accepted standards for safety is an excellent option for patients to undergo a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure,” said Dr. Hanke. “Compared to hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers, office-based surgery provides many advantages, including decreased costs, greater privacy, efficiency and less risk of infection.”

    The Academy also cautions consumers to avoid cosmetic procedures performed by non-physicians in spas, shopping malls and private parties or functions. While these venues may appear convenient or more cost-effective than a traditional medical setting, they are not necessarily equipped to handle complications or medical emergencies.

    “The success of any cosmetic procedure depends on patients doing their homework up front and selecting a qualified physician to ensure a safe and successful outcome,” said Dr. Hanke. “A good doctor/patient relationship is extremely important, and it increases the likelihood that a patient will feel comfortable asking the physician critical questions and discussing their expectations and concerns.”

  • For more information on cosmetic procedures, go to the “AgingSkinNet” section of www.skincarephysicians.com, an Academy Web site developed by dermatologists that provides patients with up-to-date information on the treatment and management of disorders of the skin, hair and nails.

    Headquartered in Schaumburg, Illinois, the American Academy of Dermatology, founded in 1938, is one of the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. With a membership of more than 16,000 physicians worldwide, the Academy is committed to: advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair and nails; advocating high standards in clinical practice, education, and research in dermatology; and supporting and enhancing patient care for a lifetime of healthier skin, hair and nails. For more information, contact the Academy at 1-888-462-DERM (3376) or www.aad.org.