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Date:3/5/2008

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"Research and do your homework before you seek cosmetic rejuvenation," emphasized Dr. Quatela and members of the AAFPRS. In 2007, there was an average of 19 revision surgeries performed per surgeon. This year's survey illustrated that 45 percent of all those who traveled abroad to undergo cosmetic surgery returned to AAFPRS surgeons with requests to correct complications.

Educating patients is one of the most important roles of facial plastic surgeons, and it's having a positive effect on both doctors and patients. Today, patients feel more confident and comfortable with their choices to get facial plastic surgery because they play a larger role in the process. In fact, 88 percent of surveyed surgeons reported an increase in patient knowledge regarding plastic surgery in the past year.

Tomorrow's Prognosis?

AAFPRS surgeons are acutely aware that the future of facial plastic surgery is bright. They predict that additional fillers will be introduced into the market and feel that patient safety will continue to be a focal point in cosmetic surgery. Most surgeons forecast that cosmetic surgery will increase for ethnic populations (89 percent) and that more surgeons will offer patients wellness and lifestyle techniques; only 49 percent feel that medical spas will become more popular.

"We hope the results of the annual survey give some understanding of the dedication that AAFPRS members have to providing the highest quality of facial plastic surgery available. We are optimistic that patients will trust their faces to facial plastic surgeons," concluded Dr. Quatela.

About the AAFPRS

The AAFPRS is the world's largest association of facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons with more than 2,800 members -- whose cosmetic reconstructive surgery focuses on the face, head and neck. Academy fellows are Board certified and subscribe to a code of ethics. In addition, the AAFPRS provides consumers with free information and bro
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