The American Academy Of Facial Plastic And Reconstructive Surgery (Aafprs) Launches Online Chat Room

Facial Plastic Surgeons Available to Answer Questions from Prospective Patients

Alexandria, VA (January 12, 2012) – Are you considering nasal surgery, but are uncertain about the recovery time? Would you like to take years off your face, but do not know which anti-aging treatment to choose? With the plethora of information available about facial plastic surgery, it can be difficult to decide which procedure is right for you. That is why the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) has launched an online chat room and forum for its experts to answer those important questions and more.

Academy physicians will provide comprehensive answers to questions posted to http://www.aafprs.org/chat/ on topics ranging from facelifts to otoplasty. Visitors to the forum who submit a question are asked to provide their name, e-mail address and location. All submissions will be answered promptly, and visitor information will be kept confidential on the site.

Submissions will be filed under categories so visitors can peruse possible answers to their own questions. Recent submissions include questions about the effectiveness of hair transplant surgery, the cost of a facelift and the pain of injectables.

The AAFPRS believes this format will assist prospective patients who are hesitant about choosing to undergo facial plastic surgery to make informed decisions. A 2010 survey of AAFPRS members found many patients receive most of their plastic surgery information from friends. Surgeons also reported that patients are split between concerns regarding results and costs when making the decision to undergo facial plastic surgery.*

“We understand the amount of thinking that goes into making the decision to have facial plastic surgery,” said Tom D. Wang, M.D., President of the AAFPRS.  “Academy surgeons are available to help our prospective patients make wise, informed choices on facial procedures. We also want to remind all patients about the importance of finding surgeons who are qualified, trained and experienced before undergoing any procedures.”

The AAFPRS website offers a searchable member directory to guide patients in finding an AAFPRS facial plastic surgeon in their area. For more information, visit www.facemd.org.

About the AAFPRS:
The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is the world’s largest specialty association for facial plastic surgery.  It represents more than 2,700 facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons throughout the world. The AAFPRS is a National Medical Specialty Society of the American Medical Association (AMA), and holds an official seat in both the AMA House of Delegates and the American College of Surgeons board of governors. AAFPRS members are board certified surgeons whose focus is surgery of the face, head, and neck. AAFPRS members 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 any area by visiting the AAFPRS web site, www.facemd.org.

* The AAFPRS 2010 Statistics on Trends in Facial Plastic Surgery: http://www.aafprs.org/media/stats_polls/m_stats.html

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