American Society of Plastic Surgeons
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2021

Breast implant checklist requirement: What you need to know

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

The FDA recently issued new requirements for breast implant manufacturers to ensure patients are made aware of potential risks associated with the device. These requirements, however, include a stipulation that surgeons must provide, discuss and sign a patient-decision checklist during the informed-consent process.


Drawing up plans for the future

By Paul Snyder Monday, December 6, 2021

The ASPS Board/EC Composition Task Force first convened in the fall of 2020 to identify opportunities for greater engagement on the part of the membership and significant stakeholders. The resulting task force recommendations led to the current plan for structural revisions to the ASPS/PSF Board of Directors.


New York governor suspends elective surgeries in hospitals where bed capacity is low

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

On Friday, Nov. 26, New York Governor Kathy Hochul issued an executive order suspending non-essential/elective surgery in hospitals where the associated hospital bed capacity is less than 10 percent.


FDA issues new labeling and informed-consent requirements for breast implants

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued new requirements designed to improve communication to patients who are considering breast implants.


Jeffrey Janis, MD, named president of American Hernia Society

Monday, October 18, 2021

As the first plastic surgeon to be named president of American Hernia Society (AHS), ASPS past President Jeffrey Janis, MD, says he wants to seize a unique opportunity for collaboration and growth.


Social Media Focus: Building your social media online resume – and considering TikTok

By Eric Shiah, BA, & Samuel J. Lin, MD, MBA Friday, October 15, 2021

Plastic surgery content on the TikTok platform is doing particularly well, with the #PlasticSurgery hashtag receiving more than 9.6 billion views.


Remembering Bryant Toth, MD, 1950-2021

By Paul Snyder Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Plastic surgeons are paying tribute to ASPS member Bryant Toth, MD, San Francisco, who passed away unexpectedly Saturday at age 71 while in Italy.


Social Media Focus: Opportunities on newer platforms?

By Josef Hadeed, MD Thursday, July 15, 2021

Although businesses typically post content on the older, more established platforms, newer platforms can provide alternative options for plastic surgeons to promote their practices.


World Plastic Surgery Day highlights the importance of the specialty

Monday, July 12, 2021

Although ASPS will participate in World Plastic Surgery Day for the first time on July 15, the idea is not a new one. India has celebrated a National Plastic Surgery Day for the past decade and the roots for what is now an internationally recognized day can be found in the efforts planted there 10 years ago.


PRS smashes its own record for the fourth time in five years

By Paul Snyder Monday, July 12, 2021

The benchmarking and analytics tool InCites in June released its 2021 Journal Citation Report, revealing that PRS bested the 4.209 Impact Factor from last year that had, until this year's 4.730 Impact Factor, been its highest mark.


ASPS to launch new PRIDE Forum for LGBTQIA+ members

By Paul Snyder Friday, June 25, 2021

Arya Akhavan, MD, proposed an idea for the Society to form a committee for its LGBTQIA+ members and residents – an idea that quickly gained traction with leadership and has now resulted in the creation of the PRIDE Forum.


Ten steps to financial freedom for young attending physicians

By Jordan D. Frey, MD Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Financial freedom provides doctors with the opportunity to practice on their own terms, a distinct advantage in the current landscape where doctors are historically prone to burnout and moral injury.


ASPS, PSF past President Garry Brody, MD, MSc, passes away at age 88

By Jim Leonardo Monday, May 3, 2021

Plastic surgeons are paying tribute to Garry Brody, MD, MSc, a leader in ASPS/PSF and a noted innovator in plastic surgery, who passed away Thursday at age 88.


Update: CMS resumes Medicare claims processing and pauses Medicare sequestration

Thursday, April 15, 2021

As a result of quick work by Congress, President Biden this week signed legislation to stop the 2 percent sequestration cuts to Medicare payments until Dec. 31. Medicare Administrative Contractors, who had been holding claims with dates of service beyond March 31, have been instructed to immediately begin processing claims, with payments beginning as soon as April 19.


Medicare claims processing on hold

Friday, April 2, 2021

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a temporary processing hold on all Medicare claims dated April 1 or later.


Social Media Focus: Using evergreen content to replace social media marketing

By Roy Kim, MD Thursday, April 1, 2021

Ah, marketing. You’re a plastic surgeon, your business is performing well, you’re board certified – so why in the world do you want to be a huckster and “sell” all the time and find different ways to describe your skills and results to prospective patients?


FDA issues new safety communication on ADMs

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

The FDA released a new safety communication about acellular dermal matrices (ADMs) in implant-based breast reconstruction surgery.


Social Media Focus: Learning the language – and finding the time – for social media

By Anu Bajaj, MD Monday, March 1, 2021

I recently had a conversation with a patient who is a digital media consultant. After learning what she did, I remarked: “I hate social media.” Great to hear from a member of the Society’s Social Media Subcommittee, right?


Virtual to visionary: How we changed the game and created a record-breaking WPS Retreat

By Katerina Gallus, MD, and Ashley Amalfi, MD Monday, February 22, 2021

As we brainstormed and lamented the limitations of a virtual meeting, we never could have dreamed that more than 280 women would register and participate in the 2021 WPS Retreat.


Building upon the pillars of speed and quality for PRS Global Open

By Paul Snyder Monday, January 25, 2021

As Jeffrey Janis, MD, assumes the role of editor-in-chief for PRS Global Open, he says he's grateful for the strong reputation the journal has cultivated in its short history and determined to take it to new heights in a world that's increasingly "as big or small as you want to make it."


Social Media Focus: Keeping it real with Instagram Reels

By Ashley Amalfi, MD Friday, January 1, 2021

Reels is the latest video feature provided by Instagram. The feature follows in the footsteps of Instagram Stories and IGTV, and allows viewers to splice short video clips together to tell a story of 15-30 seconds.


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