American Society of Plastic Surgeons
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History of ASPS

How a pioneering organization & specialty took shape

Plastic surgery may be one of the world's oldest healing arts. Learn about this pioneering specialty, and the history of ASPS and The Plastic Surgery Foundation.

The 1980s

Although the FTC lost the battle, plastic surgery got the message: Operate more like a regular business for the good of the patient.

Keeping the Patient Informed

The 1980s saw plastic surgery expand its efforts to bring knowledge and information to the public. Studies indicated that patients wanted information to take home and read, so ASPS began producing a host of brochures on the specialty and individual plastic surgery procedures.

Another Pillar Falls

The other founding pillar of the ASPS, Dr. Aufricht, passed away in April 1980, one year short of the organization's 50th anniversary.


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