Plastic Surgeons vs. Cosmetic Surgeons
Cosmetic, reconstructive, and plastic surgery procedures for the breast, body, and face can transform an individual’s appearance as per their innate aesthetic needs. Millions of Americans have received the benefits of these procedures over the last few decades, and each year the number of women and men seeking these procedures continues to rise.
However, even at this stage, many people are not very clear about the distinction between a qualified plastic surgeon and other surgeons. It is important for an individual to choose the right plastic and cosmetic surgeon for their needs in order to achieve safe and desirable outcomes.
Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie provides state of the art procedures for the breast, body, and face to his patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding communities.
Importance of Organized Plastic Surgery
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), along with recognized plastic surgery organizations in each state have dedicated themselves to the cause of improving patient safety in the field of cosmetic and plastic surgery. These societies accept a select number of surgeons as members on the basis of the skills, qualifications and training of the surgeon.
Patients should ideally choose a plastic or cosmetic surgeon who has been recognized by one or more of these boards and organizations with a certification or an affiliation. Recognition from these prestigious societies is an assurance of the best surgical practices and highest quality care and standards that the surgeon is likely to follow.
Dr. Motykie is one of the pre-eminent plastic surgeons receiving patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas.
Court Backing for ASPS, ABPS
The ASPS, ABPS, and the Utah Plastic Surgery Society (UPSS) recently achieved a legal affirmation of their stand in the 10th District U.S. Courts of Appeals in Denver, CO. The court upheld a previous dismissal of a lawsuit that had been filed against these organizations, challenging the appropriateness of their education, awareness and advertising campaign on patient safety.
The claim of the complainants was that the awareness campaign resulted in loss of business to non-plastic surgeons. The appellate court’s decision to uphold the dismissal of the appeal serves as a key legal victory for organized plastic surgery and the cause of patient safety. The victory also indirectly validates the public education campaign of the ASPS for patient safety called ‘Do Your Homework.’
The conclusion of the Appeals Court was that the plaintiffs had failed to prove any violation on part of the defendants, ruled in favor of ASPS, ABPS, and others.
The UPSS President Brian Brzowski commented that the decision of the court confirms the significance of generating public awareness about the critical distinction between certified plastic surgeons and less trained surgeons who may present themselves as similarly skilled.
With this validation from the legal system, the message is driven home clearly that the patients ought to ‘do their homework,’ increase their awareness, and make well informed choices about plastic surgeons in their own interest.
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