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American College of Cosmetic Physicians- Mission Statement

Definitions and Scope of Cosmetic Medicine:

Cosmetic Medicine shall be defined as employing medical procedures and compounds with the intent of physical enhancement and medical cosmesis including 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 as well as cosmetic epilation. Certification by the American Board of Cosmetic Medicine (ABCM) and its governance will be limited to non-invasive or minimally invasive procedures including intramuscular injections of botulism toxin, physical contouring using dermal fillers, lipolysis or mesotherapy, tumescent liposculpture under local anesthesia, fat transfer, the use of ultrasound, radiofrequency, and/or endermology devices, electromagnetic wavelength based medical devices including lasers, intensed pulse light, infrared, and LED, facial and/or body enhancement using barbed sutures, ribons or similar materials. In addition the ACCP and the ABCM will also be involved with the sanctioning of medical compounds and devices used in the treatment of cellulite, and the treatment of vericose and/or spider veins using either light based technology or sclerotherapy, and the treatment of acne. Because cosmetic medicine is rapidly evolving, the list of sanctioned materials and procedures will be amended on a regular basis.

In order to distinguish the ACCP and the ABCM from primarily surgical based specialists such as American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and American College of Cosmetic Surgery, the ACCP and ABCMS will govern and certify only the employment of non-invasive and minimally invasive procedures as mentioned above. The ACCP and ABCM will not certify or sanction invasive surgery. However, minimally invasive procedures such as tumescent liposculpture, which has proven to be very safe and effective when performed by a trained physician under local anesthesia, limited blephoroplasty under local anesthesia, and barbed suture or ribon "facelifts" or other body enhancement will be sanctioned by the ABCM and ACCP.The focus of the ACCP and ABCM is the use of medicine, medical devices, and limited surgical procedures for cosmesis and physical enhancement. In order to distinguish the ACCP and ABCMS from other specialty colleges or academies including the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), the ACCP and ABCM will not sanction or govern the diagnosis and/or treatment of illness or disease.

American College of Cosmetic Physicians