The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

Posted June 10, 2010 in About Dr. Mele, Home, Patient Safety, Plastic Surgery Societies

Dr. Mele is an Active Member of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

Dr. Mele is an Active Member of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

I am proud to be an active member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). The ASAPS is the premier American professional medical society for cosmetic surgery. Its members are exclusively Board Certified Plastic Surgeons, who are actively practicing, and refining, the art of aesthetic plastic surgery.

About the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

The ASAPS was founded in 1967, to serve both professional and public interests. The organization currently has 2600 members from around the world. The ASAPS membership is a subset of Board Certified Plastic Surgeons who specialize in Cosmetic Plastic Surgery. Only about one-forth of all American Board Certified Plastic Surgeons have been accepted for membership in the ASAPS.

The Goals of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

The goals of the organization are:

  • Patient Advocacy –
    • Promoting the utmost in patient safety
    • Promoting the highest standards of ethical conduct
    • Advocating for your right to be fully informed
  • Public Education –
    • Public outreach regarding procedures
    • Maintaining an up-to-date web site (ASAPS web site)
    • Media outreach via the ASAPS Communications Office
  • Professional Educational –
    • Sponsoring scientific meetings (2010 DC Meeting)
    • Publishing the Aesthetic Surgery Journal
    • Offering Continuing Medical Education
  • Research –
    • Collecting data on Plastic Surgery
    • Publishing annual statistics on Plastic Surgery utilization (2009 statistics)
    • Supporting research in Cosmetic Plastic Surgery

American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Membership

Physicians who have been trained in specialties other than Plastic Surgery, are not eligible for membership. To be a member you must:

  • Be a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
  • Be in at least the third year of active practice after achieving Board Certification
  • Participate in ongoing Continuing Medical Education to stay current
  • Document the performance of a significant number and variety of cosmetic surgical cases to demonstrate experience and dedication to cosmetic plastic surgery
  • Be sponsored by two active ASAPS members to help ensure applicants have a high professional reputation
  • Adhere to the ASAPS Code of Ethics for professional conduct

Membership in the ASAPS is just one more way that I demonstrate my commitment to my patients, and make evident my dedication to the safe and ethical practice of cutting-edge Cosmetic Plastic Surgery.