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Date:5/2/2008

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Announces 2008 Journalistic Achievement Awards

NEW YORK, May 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Journalists representing Allure magazine and NBC's Today Show are among winners receiving top honors in the 2008 Journalistic Achievement Awards sponsored by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Selected from among 113 entries, this year's winners will be presented with their awards on May 6th, at ASAPS' Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA. ASAPS, founded in 1967, is the leading national organization of board-certified plastic surgeons specializing in cosmetic surgery of the face and body.

"There's so much public interest in cosmetic plastic surgery," says plastic surgeon Mark A. Codner, MD, ASAPS Communications Commissioner, "but it's a complex subject. ASAPS looks for journalists who 'translate' difficult concepts into understandable ones, and who convey necessary information to the public - about realistic expectations, safety, and surgeons' qualifications."

"In a year that saw many controversial issues, such as so-called 'fat-melting injections' and the growing numbers of medi-spas, these journalists worked to emphasize that patients need to do their homework and research the procedures they are undergoing and the people who are performing them, " says Aesthetic Society President, Foad Nahai, MD, a plastic surgeon in Atlanta, GA.

Each year, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery honors journalists for their reporting on cosmetic plastic surgery. Entries are accepted in six categories: Television News, Television Feature, Newspaper, Magazine, Internet, and Patient Safety.

Top 2008 honors in the Magazine category go to Joan Kron of Allure for her article, Fat Chance, which appeared in the November 2007 issue of Allure Magazine. The article exposes the dangers of so-called "fat-melting" injections. First place in the Patient Safety category goes
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