The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) is committed to ensuring patients make informed and educated decisions when undergoing facial plastic surgery. A reality show dedicated to giving average people an “extreme makeover” may be a ratings winner, but the AAFPRS suggests a more cautious approach and encourages the following for anyone considering facial cosmetic surgery:
- have realistic expectations about surgery – facial plastic surgery is about enhancing the features you already have in order to feel better about yourself
- look for a board-certified facial plastic surgeon and verify the surgeon’s credentials
- consult with a surgeon and make sure you feel comfortable with their approach – the rapport that is established will be valuable in every stage of the surgical process
- have a complete understanding of the surgery, including what the risks and benefits will be
A qualified facial plastic surgeon can help potential patients evaluate whether facial plastic surgery is the right choice for them. To find a qualified facial plastic surgeon in your area, call the Facial Plastic Surgery Information Service at 1-800-332-FACE or visit www.facemd.org.
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.