An excessive preoccupation with an imagined or a minor defect of a localized facial feature or body part, resulting in decreased social, academic and occupational functioning.
The AAFPRS believes that individual cases merit careful evaluation under the supervision of a facial plastic surgeon. Both the surgeon and the patient should have a clear understanding of what the patient’s motivation is to have surgery as well as what the patient’s expectations of the outcome is.
The AAFPRS is the world’s largest association of facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons with more than 2,600 members – whose cosmetic reconstructive surgery focuses on the face, head and neck. Academy fellows are board-certified and subscribe to a code of ethics. In addition, the AAFPRS provides consumers with free information and brochures and a list of qualified facial plastic surgeons in their area by calling 1-800-332-FACE or by visiting the AAFPRS Web site, www.FACEMD.org .