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Aesthetic Resources

Patient Selection

Helpful resources when assessing your patients for plastic surgery procedures

Physician's Guide to Cosmetic Surgery

The guide includes chapters on facial surgery and skin care, skin rejuvenation and body contouring.

Patient Safety Resources

The ASPS Patient Safety Committee has compiled these patient safety resources to assist physicians in clinical decision making.

Risk Management

Risk management topics impacting patient safety

Ambulatory and Office Based Surgery Center

Resources for ambulatory and office based surgery centers

Operating Room Safety

Resources to promote patient safety in the operating room

Breast Procedures

Documents include practice parameters and insurance coverage criteria on breast implants, breast reconstruction, breast reduction and gynecomastia.

Key Issues in Plastic Surgery

A range of papers on health policy and advocacy issues in plastic surgery, including cosmetic procedure taxes, dental scope of practice, emergency care, and professional liability.

Office-based Surgery

Documents include ASPS accreditation bylaws, AMA patient safety principles and a state regulations chart and map.

Healthcare Truth in Advertising

Resources include a chart detailing physician truth in advertising laws by state.

Cosmetic Procedure Taxes

Documents include position statement and talking points.


Documents include policy statement and legal analysis.