Fact Sheets

  • AAFPRS Reactive Media Statement Re: ABC’s Extreme Plastic Surgery Reality Show 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.

  • BEAUTIFUL WEDDING DAY SKIN High Tech Treatment Advice for a Walking-Down-the-Aisle-Glow
    With all eyes on the bride, it’s no wonder she wants a glowing complexion on the most gazed upon day of her life. Some experts say that the secret to silky, wedding day skin is to start working on it right after the engagement. “This is the perfect time to establish new skincare habits,” says Dr. Dean Toriumi, president of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). “To begin, ask a facial plastic surgeon for an assessment – your surgeon is armed with treatments to control the signs of aging and improve skin’s clarity.”
    The AAFPRS also recommends continuing with an at home treatment: wash twice a day with a gentle cleanser and use an a.m. moisturizer with SPF 15 and alpha-and-beta-hydroxy acids. At night, treat skin to a more intense moisturizer. But when things get too serious or when over the counter treatments aren’t working to rid fine lines, wrinkles or discolorations, it may be time to seek help from a pro.
    “Treatments such as Botox and chemical peels continue to be popular options for brides, especially women in their 30′s and 40′s,” adds Dr. Toriumi. It’s no wonder then that this year the AAFPRS reported Botox as the most undergone-surgical procedure among women — with a 60 percent increase since 2000. Additionally, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, filler injections and laser resurfacing were also common non-surgical choices for women in 2001.
    However, AAFPRS surgeons remind “Botoxed” and “chemical peeled” brides that such procedures should …
  • Botox Injections

    The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery recommends persons considering Botox® treatment to:

    Check the physician’s credentials: The physician should be trained and qualified in facial plastic surgery. The human face has a complex anatomy and the surgeon must be familiar with the physiology and function of more than 40 muscles present in the face. Members of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery are qualified to perform injections of the face because of their extensive experience in performing facial plastic and reconstructive surgical procedures.
    Insist on a complete medical evaluation: When a person is submitting to any medical treatment that may involve complications, he or she should consult with a physician for a medical evaluation and complete medial history before treatment.
    Be informed: The physician you are consulting with should explain the factual information and discuss the risk, benefits, and alternative treatments and make recommendations for treatment. An inform consent document must be signed by the patient. Avoid the consumption of alcohol when under going a medical procedure.
    Choose the appropriate setting for treatment: Botox® injections are medical procedures and should be performed in the presence of trained medical personnel and proper equipment to deal with potential complications. All injection should be performed using sterile techniques and proper disposal of needles and syringes is necessary.

  • Common Male Procedures

    Rhinoplasty (nose surgery)
    Aesthetic surgery of the nose where cartilage and bone are reshaped and reconstructed; excess bone or cartilage may be removed. Breathing problems may be corrected in a combined aesthetic and functional procedure called “septorhinoplasty.”

    Chemical Peels
    Resurfacing of the skin with an acid solution that peels the top layers and allows smoother, regenerated skin to emerge; an effective treatment for wrinkles caused by sun damage. Types of peels, include:

    Light Peels (for mild sun damage): Alpha hydroxy acid (glycolic acid), Beta hydroxy acid (lactic) and salicylic acid peels
    Medium Peels (to reverse moderate sun damage – fine wrinkles, brown spots, poor pigmentation): TCA (Trichloroaetic acid), Jessner’s solution
    Deep Peels (treatment of advanced sun damage – deep wrinkles, leathery texture): Phenol chemical peels

    Laser Resurfacing
    Another method of resurfacing the skin is by means of a device called the Erbium Yag laser, which for men, is most commonly used to fight wrinkles, treat sun damage and improve scars.
    The resurfacing is done under local anesthesia. Most patients will take a week off from work during the recovery period.

    Hair Restoration
    Hair replacement surgery frequently requires multiple grafts of hair being implanted during multiple sessions, generally spacing each session at least four months apart to allow for adequate healing.
    The most commonly known hair replacement surgery is called mini-or-micro-grafting, which produces natural-looking results. This requires taking a strip of hair-bearing scalp from the back of the head, and dividing the strip into several hundred smaller grafts. These grafts are then inserted into tiny slits in the scalp, and must be placed in such a …

  • COMMON NON-SURGICAL PROCEDURES FOR WALKING-DOWN-THE-AISLE-WORTHY-SKIN Every bride wants to look gorgeous on her wedding day. Below are some common options / high-tech procedures recommended by facial plastic surgeons to help achieve picture-perfect skin:
    Option / Procedure: Botox
    Downtime: None
    Avg. Cost: $497
    Description:
    Has been called “miracle in a bottle.” A very weak solution of an FDA approved bacterial toxin used to help rid crow’s feet, frown lines and fine lines. It works to lessen the muscle contraction, and it is safe in the carefully administered low doses that are used for wrinkle removal.
    When injected into a muscle, it causes paralysis that lasts for three to four months.
    Option / Procedure: Microdermabrasion
    Downtime: Can resume normal activities immediately.Patients with sensitive skin may experience some redness.
    Avg. Cost: $238
    Description:
    A mini-peeling with minimal risk of dyspigmentation or scarring that is achieved by projecting aluminum micro-crystals onto the skin (also referred as the “Power Peel,” “Euro Peel”, “Parisian Peel” and “Derma Peel”). Safe for all skin types; provides immediate results.
    Makes skin acutely softer, smoother, and dramatically improves texture. Can help prevent pre-wedding breakouts; best results come from weekly treatments started two or three months beforehand.
    Option / Procedure: Chemical Peels
    Downtime: Approximately two weeks
    Avg. Cost: $510
    Description:
    Resurfacing of the skin with an acid solution that peels the top layers and allows smoother, regenerated skin to emerge. The result is that the new skin that’s exposed looks brighter and more uniform in color. Types of peels, include:

    Light Peels (for mild sun damage; smoothes rough skin): Alpha hydroxy acid (glycolic acid), Beta hydroxy acid (lactic) and salicylic acid peels
    Medium Peels (to reduce …

  • Common Teen Procedures

    Rhinoplasty (nose surgery)
    Aesthetic surgery of the nose where cartilage and bone are reshaped and reconstructed; excess bone or cartilage may be removed. Breathing problems may be corrected in a combined aesthetic and functional procedure called “septorhinoplasty.”This procedure is best done after a young person has finished growing. This usually means age 13-15 for girls and after age 15 for boys, although treatment may be recommended at an earlier age if internal defects are present.

    Mentoplasty (chin surgery)
    A procedure to help balance a profile through insertion of a small plastic implant, which augments a receding chin. Mentoplasties are often done in conjunction with nose surgeries, and may be combined with liposuction or lipectomy procedures to remove excess fat from beneath the chin.

    Dermabrasion (Skin Resurfacing)
    A sanding procedure that is used to diminish severe cases of cystic acne that have failed to respond to other medical treatments. In some cases, a series of glycolic acid peels may be done to help clean the pores and prevent the production of new acne lesions.

    Laserbrasion (Skin Resurfacing)  
    Another method of skin resurfacing procedures is by means of a device called a carbon dioxide laser. Laserbrasion has made it possible to treat deeper facial blemishes, various types of birthmarks and skin conditions like rosacea successfully. Infants and young children may be treated safely, thus minimizing some of the emotional trauma associated with disfiguring facial birthmarks.Dermabrasion, chemical peeling or laser therapy may be recommended for teens who want to smooth out deep scars left by acne.

    Otoplasty (ear surgery)
    A procedure …

  • Defining Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)

    Definition:
    An excessive preoccupation with an imagined or a minor defect of a localized facial feature or body part, resulting in decreased social, academic and occupational functioning.
    Characteristics of BDD:

    Preoccupation with perceived distortion of a specific body part
    Camouflage of a specific body part
    Avoidance of social interactions
    Frequently comparing one’s appearance with that of others
    Often checking how one looks in the mirror
    Seeking surgery for appearance when others have said such treatment is not necessary
    Excessive grooming (combing hair, shaving over and over, removing hair or applying makeup)
    Exercising or dieting excessively
    Frequently touching the perceived defect
    Measuring the “unpleasant” body part

    Self-Test:

    Do you worry about the appearance of your face or body?
    If so, what is your concern? How bad do you think your face or body appears?
    How much time do you spend worrying about the appearance of your face or body part?
    Have you done anything to hide the problem or rid yourself of the problem?
    Does this concern with your appearance affect any aspect of your life (e.g. school, job or social life)?

    AAFPRS STATEMENT:
    The AAFPRS believes that individual cases merit careful evaluation under the supervision of a facial plastic surgeon. Both the surgeon and the patient should have a clear understanding of what the patient’s motivation is to have surgery as well as what the patient’s expectations of the outcome is.
    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 …

  • REPORTS OF BOTCHED SURGERIES NOT TO BE TAKEN LIGHTLY Facial Plastic Surgery Organization Provides Guidelines for Patients Considering Facial Cosmetic Surgery New York, NY – The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) – the world’s largest association of facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons – urges patients to make informed decisions when it comes to undergoing facial plastic surgery procedures.
    “Recent reports of cosmetic surgeries gone awry and wrongful deaths proves that the choice for undergoing facial cosmetic surgery should be taken seriously,” says AAFPRS President Dr. Shan Baker. “Whether undergoing a surgical operation, such as a face lift, or a non-surgical procedure like Botox injections, patients need to be mindful that these are all medical procedures that should be performed by the hands of a well-trained, qualified, and experienced facial plastic surgeon.”
    Below are some tips from the AAFPRS for making an educated choice when selecting a surgeon:

    Understand Board Certifications: Look for a surgeon board certified by boards affiliated with the American Board of Medical Specialists (ABMS). Many AAFPRS members are certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery – a board recognized by the ABMS, which certifies surgeons in facial plastic surgery. However, in addition to specialized training in facial plastic surgery, many Academy members undertake another year of fellowship in facial plastic surgery, which is in addition to their six years of residency training to gain further certification by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
    Ask for Referrals: When choosing a surgeon, start with word-of-mouth referrals. Ask friends who have undergone facial plastic surgery, consult a trusted family physician or call a …

  • Teens & Facial Plastic Surgery According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), over 10 percent of their patients undergoing facial plastic and reconstructive surgery are under 20 years of age. Fortunately for teenagers, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery can provide solutions to problems such as severe acne breakouts and scars, prominent or enlarged ears or noticeable facial scars. For adolescents who are mature enough for surgery, facial plastic and reconstructive procedures can help boost self-esteem at a time in life when the slightest body flaw can bring torment and teasing, and help them face the future with confidence. As the world’s largest association of facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons, the AAFPRS is committed to ensuring that teenage patients make informed and educated decisions when undergoing facial plastic surgery, and offers the following guidelines:

    Teens should have a mature facial skeleton prior to undergoing facial plastic surgery. The lower jaw is one of the last facial bones to fully mature so this must be taken into account when planning facial surgery in teens.
    Teens should have appropriate expectations when undergoing facial plastic surgery. Expected healing and possible complications should be discussed with the patient and the parents. Computer imaging is very helpful in educating patients about appropriate facial contour and balance.
    Care must be taken to identify patients with body dysmorphic disorder. Patients with this disorder must undergo appropriate counseling before considering surgery.
    Parents should not pressure their teens to undergo facial plastic surgery. This is a personal decision that must be made by the …