Four of the nation's leading medical aesthetics associations have joined together to create the Physicians' Aesthetic Coalition (PAC). The multidisciplinary group consists 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).
"The coalition wants to help patients make informed decisions," states Dr. Ioannis Glavas, a board certified oculoplastic and facial cosmetic surgeon with offices in Boston and New York. "There is a lot of misinformation out there about certain cosmetic procedures. For example, we talk about Botox Cosmetic and other injectable treatments as being safe ? and they are, when administered by a qualified cosmetic surgeon." He says the risks go up significantly when the treatments are in a non-medical setting or are performed by non-qualified individuals.
In a press release Dr. Felmont Eaves, ASAPS President says, "Along with the increasing popularity of aesthetic surgery and non-invasive cosmetic treatments an increasing and disturbing number of non-qualified clinicians and unproven treatments are being promoted to the public. This is a significant patient safety issue." "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."