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Guiding Principles

Mesotherapy Injection Lipolysis
Published 2019

This policy statement evaluates safety and efficacy of mesotherapy and injection lipolysis, and stresses the importance of understanding the federal and state regulations surrounding each therapy's use, before pursuing mesotherapy or injection lipolysis in practice.

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Electronic Communication in Plastic Surgery
Published 2018

ASPS recognizes the increasing use of the electronic communications to enhance practice visibility and educate consumers. Before initiating an online patient relationship, physicians should be aware of the medico-legal aspects.

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Post-Mastectomy Fat Graft/Fat Transfer
Published 2015

Plastic surgeons' clinical interest in fat graft/fat transfer and fat injection procedures remains high and some applications are becoming increasingly mainstream in plastic surgery practice.

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Supervision of Non-Physician Personnel in Medical Spas and Physician Offices
Published 2011

ASPS recognizes that plastic surgeons may have a distinct role in the growth and development of the medical spa industry, but there are many medico-legal aspects to consider.

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Archived Guiding Principles

Archived principles are not accessible to the public, but ASPS members may download and view the documents after entering their ASPS login credentials.