Plastic Surgeons vs. Cosmetic Surgeons
Advancements in plastic and cosmetic surgery have dramatically improved the safety and scope of various procedures for the breast, body, and face. As a result, the demand for these procedures has risen significantly, in turn leading to a proliferation of surgical practices. However, not every surgeon providing these procedures may be a qualified cosmetic surgeon in the true sense of the term.
Therefore, public awareness and education about choosing the right surgeon becomes an important element to improve patient safety rates. Dr. Bram Kaufman is a highly trained and board certified plastic surgeon providing cutting edge surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures. Dr. Kaufman has earned wide recognition in the field, including the RealSelf Top Doctor title. He receives patients from Pepper Pike, Cleveland, OH, and surrounding communities.
Patient safety must be the top priority in cosmetic surgery procedure, and the operating surgeon must be adequately trained and qualified to produce results as per patient’s expectations. On their part, patients must choose a surgeon who is affiliated with the recognized plastic surgery boards and societies, and has the requisite certifications that are a sound testimony to his proven skills and training.
The membership or certification of such leading societies is only given to plastic surgeons who meet the minimum criteria in terms of qualifications, training and a commitment to adhere to best surgical standards and practices. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) as well as eminent plastic surgery societies in each state are some of the major organizations in this regard.
Patients in Pepper Pike, Cleveland, OH, and nearby areas have an opportunity to receive prove and innovative cosmetic procedures from board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kaufman.
Legal Backing for ASPS and ABPS
The ASPS, ABPS, and the Utah Plastic Surgery Society (UPSS) recently earned a favorable decision from the 10th District US Courts of Appeals in Denver, CO. A lawsuit filed against these societies for their advertising campaign that promoted patient awareness about the distinctions between qualified plastic surgeons and other surgeons was earlier dismissed by a local court. Now the appellate court has upheld the dismissal, which serves as an important legal victory for the ASPS, ABPS, and others.
The contention of the plaintiffs was that the patient education campaign launched by these societies was causing a loss of business to non-plastic surgeons. The lawsuit’s dismissal, in a way, upholds the need for reasonable and fair efforts to increase patient awareness in the field of plastic surgery.
‘Do Your Homework’ Campaign
The public education campaign of the ASPS called ‘Do Your Homework’ encouraged new patients to acquire correct information and knowledge about the plastic surgeon before making a final decision. In this context, the recent legal victory is an important landmark.
Brian Brzowski, the UPSS President, commented that the court’s decision further confirms the critical need to improve patient awareness on the key distinctions between certified plastic surgeons and less trained surgeons who may present themselves as similarly qualified.