Safety Coalition Adds Canadian and International Members
Consumers worldwide elect cosmetic injections
September 25, 2008 - Cosmetic injectable procedures numbered more than 4.5 million procedures in the U.S. in 2007, according to the annual statistics of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), and as popular as they are in the U.S. injectables are equally popular in Canada and abroad. "Cosmetic injectables are not a purely American phenomenon," said Coalition leader Renato Saltz, MD of Salt Lake City, UT. "As pervasively as Americans have injectable procedures in the U.S. or consider them when working or vacationing abroad, so too, do the citizens of many other countries. For this reason, the Coalition is strengthened in our efforts to educate the public worldwide on the safety and satisfaction of cosmetic injectables by the addition of the International Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) and the Canadian Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (CASAPS) to the Coalition." Dr. Saltz serves as chair of the ISAPS Educational Council and president elect of Coalition member the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).
"With the growing list of names beyond Restylane, Botox, patient safety and consumer education surrounding cosmetic injectables is an important issue for qualified physicians in every country," said Coalition leader Mark A. Codner, MD, of Atlanta, GA. Much like the U.S., each country has its own regulatory agencies to approve drugs and medical devices such as cosmetic injectables. Information about regulatory status, safe practices and the qualifications of providers who administer cosmetic injectables is a primary function of the Coalition, formed in April 2007. "Consumers need a reliable resource to turn to no matter one's country or nationality," said Dr. Codner. Through the addition of ISAPS and CSAPS consumers around the world will have access to the safety information of the Coalition.
No matter the country of origin, country of treatment or the breadth of regulation, the Coalition advises consumers must ask these very simple questions before considering any cosmetic injectable procedure:
- Doctor: Is the procedure recommended by a qualified doctor who regularly treats similar conditions, in an appropriately licensed and equipped medical facility? Has the doctor examined the prospective patient before recommending treatment?
- Brand: Is the injectable recommended approved by the leading health regulatory agency in the country of origin (such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the U.S.) for cosmetic indications and is it appropriately labeled and packaged to reflect it authenticity and approval?
- Safety: Is the setting a proper medically-equipped office, with safety and sterilization procedures? Has the physician evaluated conditions, recommended treatment, offered alternatives and clearly defined the potential outcomes including any complications?
To learn specifically the approved brands of cosmetic injectables and their benefits, and to see video of live, appropriately administered injectables as well as real patient stories visit http://www.injectablesafety.org.
The Physicians Coalition for Injectable Safety is an alliance of specialty physician organizations including the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the International Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the Canadian Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. The mission of the Coalition is to provide the public with unbiased and necessary information on injectable cosmetic treatments, appropriate injectors and where to safely access cosmetic medical procedures. Our goal is to promote treatment supervised by properly qualified and trained, board-certified doctors and to promote only the use of FDA-approved, appropriately administered product. More information can be found at http://www.injectablesafety.org.
The 2400-member American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), founded in 1967, is the leading professional organization of plastic surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery who specialize in cosmetic plastic surgery. With 2,100 members in the U.S., Canada, and many other countries, ASAPS is at the forefront of innovation in aesthetic plastic surgery around the world.
The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is the world's largest specialty association that represents over 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.
The American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery represent surgeons qualified in plastic surgery of the eyelids and surrounding facial structures. Fellows of the Society are board certified in ophthalmology, have completed fellowships in oculoplastic surgery (currently two years), and perform aesthetic, plastic, and reconstructive surgery of the face, orbits, eyelids, and lacrimal system.
Founded in 1970 at the United Nations in New York, ISAPS represents 1650 members in 85 countries and is the leading authority in international aesthetic plastic surgery. Members must pass stringent admission criteria and are all board certified or the equivalent in their home country. More information can be found at http://www.isaps.org
The Canadian Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery is the only professional organization in Canada dedicated to improved cosmetic surgery outcomes through education, research, and the maintenance of high surgical ?standards of clinical practice. Our membership is comprised of fully trained and certified specialists in plastic surgery who have demonstrated their commitment to excellence in the cosmetic and aesthetic areas of our specialty.