It is imperative that patients do their homework when choosing a physician.
Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) May 31, 2012
Dallas plastic surgeon, Dr. Jeffrey M. Kenkel finishes his term as the 46th president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, one of the largest societies of board certified plastic surgeons in the world.
Founded in 1967, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) is one of the largest societies of board certified plastic surgeons. Its efforts focus on medical training, public education, and patient safety advocacy.
The Society keeps detailed records on the number of cosmetic procedures performed in the United States each year. In the last 10 years, cosmetic surgery has experienced a significant increase in the number of procedures performed. Dr. Kenkel expects demand to continue to rise as the baby boomer population moves into retirement and their children explore ways to rejuvenate their appearance. He expects to see more interest over the next few years in both non-invasive facial rejuvenation as well as in surgical options such as facelifts.
With the number of people seeking cosmetic surgery growing at such a rapid pace, Dr. Kenkel sees the Society playing an increasingly important role in patient safety. "As the demand for cosmetic surgery rises, so do the number of physicians claiming expertise," explains Dr. Kenkel.
Training and credentialing of plastic surgeons has been a contentious topic in the medical community over the last few years. It has become a common practice for physicians without formal training in plastic surgery to offer cosmetic procedures after taking short training sessions. Many ASAPS members, who have gone through years of training in plastic surgery, worry that this trend might compromise patient safety.
"Attending a weekend course does not qualify a physician to perform surgery." warns Dr. Kenkel. "It is imperative that patients do their homework when choosing a physician. Doctors should be board-certified by an ABMS board in plastic surgery,” referring to the American Board of Medical Specialties. "The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery can be a valuable resource for patients as members are board certified and have their core training in cosmetic surgery," says Dr. Kenkel.
About Dr. Jeffrey M. Kenkel
Jeffrey M. Kenkel, M.D., F.A.C.S., is a plastic surgeon in Dallas, Texas. He is immediate past president of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, (ASAPS), and professor and vice chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He is the director of the Clinical Center for Cosmetic Laser Treatment and medical director for the Department of Plastic Surgery, UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. His clinical practice is located at the Outpatient Building on the campus of UT Southwestern Medical Center.
Dr. Kenkel is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face and body. He balances his surgical practice with non-surgical cosmetic medicine including the use of injectables, lasers, and skin care. Dr. Kenkel is nationally and internationally known for his contributions in cosmetic surgery.