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Briefing Papers

ASPS briefing papers provide an overview on important issues or topics in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery that may be of particular interest to the media and public. Briefings often include a summary of the issue; statistics; information on patient safety, regulations, limitations, risks; and more. The ASPS currently offers briefings on cosmetic surgery tourism, plastic surgery for teenagers and plastic surgery for ethnic patients.


Briefing Paper: Plastic Surgery for Teenagers

This briefing paper includes the ASPS statement on teenage plastic surgery, statistics regarding plastic surgery among teens, common procedures for teens and recommended reading on the topic.

Briefing Paper: Cosmetic Surgery Tourism

Cosmetic surgery tourism is a price-driven phenomenon that has experienced increased growth over the past decade. Although there are many skilled and qualified physicians practicing all over world, the ASPS cautions that it may be difficult to assess the training and credentials of surgeons outside of the United States.

Briefing Paper: Plastic Surgery for Ethnic Patients

As plastic surgery becomes more mainstream, ethnic patients are becoming increasingly aware of what options are available to people with their skin types and facial features.

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