ASAPS Applauds Florida Board of Medicine’s Actions to Protect Patient Safety

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State agency disciplines physician accused of allowing unlicensed assistants to perform liposuction; helps ensure safer medical environment

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The recent actions taken by the Florida Board of Medicine send a clear message that this type of compromise to patient safety will not be tolerated

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) commends recent actions taken by the Florida Board of Medicine to protect the safety of patients seeking cosmetic surgery. The Board announced a possible one-year license suspension and $50,000 fine against a Florida family physician accused of allowing unlicensed medical assistants to perform liposuction, the second major disciplinary action recently taken by the Board that involves inadequate training in cosmetic surgery.

“Liposuction is a surgical procedure that should only be performed by a well trained and properly credentialed medical professional. Allowing unlicensed or unqualified personnel to perform this type of surgical procedure is a serious breach of patient safety. The recent actions taken by the Florida Board of Medicine send a clear message that this type of compromise to patient safety will not be tolerated,” said Felmont Eaves III, MD, President of ASAPS.

ASAPS urges all consumers who are considering plastic surgery to have their procedures performed under the care of properly credentialed and trained medical professionals. A doctor's board-certification is the best indicator of his or her training in a particular medical or surgical specialty. Patients should select surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), the only Board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) to certify doctors in the specialty of plastic surgery, and avoid those whose liposuction training is based only on the completion of a brief, weekend course. Patients should also be wary of physicians offering “deep discount” procedures, or those offering surgical procedures in non-clinical settings, such as medi-spas. More information on how to check surgeon credentials can be found on the ASAPS website, http://www.surgery.org.

Liposuction, also called lipoplasty and suction-assisted lipectomy, removes deposits of excess fat from specific areas of the body including the face and neck. It is the second most popular surgical cosmetic procedure in the U.S., with 283,735 liposuction surgeries performed in the U.S. in 2009, according to ASAPS.

About ASAPS
The over 2,600-member American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) is the only plastic surgery organization devoted entirely to the advancement of cosmetic surgery. ASAPS is recognized throughout the world as the authoritative source for cosmetic surgery education. U.S. members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Canadian members are certified in plastic surgery by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Toll-free referral line: 888.ASAPS.11 (272.7711). Website: http://www.surgery.org.

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