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American College of Cosmetic Physicians- Mission Statement

Frequently Asked Questions About Cosmetic Surgery/Medicine

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What is cosmetic medicine?

Cosmetic physicians use the latest technology and the newest medicinal compounds in the persuit of maximizing an individual's quality of life through medical cosmesis which includes (but not limited to) wrinkle reduction, enhancement of facial and body complexion, improvement and reduction of non-cancerous pigmented lesions, scar reduction, facial and body contouring and treatment of cellulite, vericose and spider veins, and cosmetic epilation, as well as maximizing quality of life through restoration of body systems using bio-identical hormone replacement.
What procedures are performed by cosmetic physicians?

Autologous fat grafting
Stem Cell grafting
Liposculpture (tumescent liposuction)
Dermal Fillers Botulinum Toxin
Laser treatments:
- Laser hair removal
- Laser resurfacing
- Laser vein removal
Intensed pulse light (IPL)
Radio frequency
Complementary medicine
How do you choose a cosmetic surgeon?

Once you have made up your mind to have a cosmetic procedure you owe it to yourself to find the best cosmetic physician possible. Make sure you have realistic expectations about your cosmetic procedure and what it will accomplish.

Look for a doctor with the right credentials. Ask the doctor what kind of group affiiiations he has related to your procedure.

Look for a doctor who specializes in the type of procedure you are having done. Ask how often the doctor does this type of procedure. Ask what type of continuing education the doctor has pursued in this area.

Look for a doctor who takes the time to talk with you about your expectations for the procedure. Look for a doctor who explains the procedure, including potential risks for your procedure and what will be done to minimize those risks. The doctor should also explain what the recovery time will be for your procedure.

Ask the doctor to show you before and after pictures of his patients.

Get quotes from several doctors. If one doctor's price is much lower than the others, be suspicious.

Take the time to look at the doctor's facility. The facility should give you a feeling of confidence. It should be clean and modern looking.

Evaluate your consultation experience. Listen to your "gut" when you are evaluating your consultation experience. If the experience is organized and enjoyable, the staff is efficient and respectful, and the doctor takes the time to understand your individual needs and communicates effectively, then you have a high likelihood of being treated the same way when you become a patient.

What is the role of the ACCP?

The American College of Cosmetic Physicians (ACCP) and The American Board of Cosmetic Medicine (ABCM) have been established to unify, educate, and govern physicians who are involved in the practice of cosmetic medicine.

American College of Cosmetic Physicians