This week I attended the annual meeting of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery here in D.C. at the National Harbor. This meeting brings together plastic surgeons from all over the United States and the world. While it would seem to the outside observer that this meeting is all about the plastic surgeons and the innovations in the exhibit halls, in reality this meeting is about safety, consistency and predictability for our patients.
Early in its evolution cosmetic plastic surgery was an offshoot and little publicized branch of plastic and reconstructive surgery. Surgeons had different approaches and techniques that they generally kept to themselves. There were no defined standards for evaluation and comparison. The creation of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery brings us together to share ideas, learn new concepts and critically evaluate the old ones. The Society continually promotes the safety, certification and training of its members so that we can go forward and practice the most advanced and reliable cosmetic medicine possible.
So what did I learn this week…? More than I could write in this blog even twenty years after graduating from Columbia Medical School. What I took away was the knowledge that cosmetic medicine is ever evolving and will continue to strive for excellence, that the search for safety continues, and that critical evaluation by our peers and colleagues keeps us moving forward with greater wisdom and integrity.
I think that the public can be easily confused by the variety of newly created medical boards that offer weekend diplomas to self proclaimed cosmetic surgeons. The American Society for Plastic Surgery and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery are it; the real deal. They work hand in hand promoting the finest in surgery and safety for our patients. I felt privileged to be at the meeting this week, and I am proud to be a member of this organization.
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