Post Bariatric Body Contour
Dr. John Pedersen
About Me
 Practice Focus:
Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Post Bariatric Body Contouring
Breast Augmentation
Facelift (rhytidectomy)
Botox and Fillers

Board Certification:
American Board of General Surgery
American Board of Plastic Surgery

FACS (Fellow of American College of Surgeons)
ASPS ( American Society of Plastic Surgeons)
ASAPS ( American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery)

Trustee Akron Art Museum
Chairman Department of Plastic Surgery at Akron General Medical Center
Instructor in Plastic Surgery at the Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine

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American Society of Plastic Surgeons
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is the largest plastic surgery specialty organization in the world. Founded in l93l, the society is composed of board-certified plastic surgeons that perform cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.

The mission of ASPS is to advance quality care to plastic surgery patients by encouraging high standards of training, ethics, physician practice and research in plastic surgery. The society advocates for patient safety, such as requiring its members to operate in accredited surgical facilities that have passed rigorous external review of equipment and staffing. The society works in concert with the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation (PSEF), founded in 1948, which supports research and educational programs for plastic surgeons.

ASPS publish numerous informational brochures and maintain this web site to provide public education about plastic surgery. This site, launched in 1996, includes news on the latest advances and techniques to details of specific surgical procedures, including how to prepare for surgery, the types of anesthesia used and how long recovery takes. Look for answers to the most frequently asked questions about plastic surgery and statistics, including the average costs of various procedures.

Only members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons may display the ASPS logo. This symbol of excellence in plastic surgery is what to look for when deciding on a surgeon. It tells you that you are choosing a physician who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada ­ important credentials.

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What Makes ASPS Members Uniquely Qualified?
In most states, a licensed physician may perform plastic surgery without being board-certified in plastic surgery. Just because a doctor is board-certified does not mean he or she is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). All members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons are certified by the ABPS or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The ABPS is the only one of the 24 boards approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties that certifies physicians in plastic surgery of the face and all areas of the body.

To be ABPS board-certified, a physician must meet these rigid requirements:
1) Graduate from an accredited medical school
2) Complete a combination of at least five years of general surgery and plastic surgery residency training
3) Pass comprehensive oral and written exams

Besides certification, membership in ASPS requires a plastic surgeon to regularly attend continuing medical education courses and to adhere to a strict code of ethics. All ASPS members are required to perform surgery in accredited surgical facilities.

Members of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons®
1) Are certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery® or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada®.
2) Operate only in accredited medical facilities.
3) Adhere to a strict code of ethics.

Fulfill continuing medical education requirements, including standards and innovations in patient safety.

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Inc.

When you entrust your face or body to a plastic surgeon, you want to be sure that you are selecting the very best. That's why you should choose a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).

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What is the ASAPS?
The ASAPS is an organization devoted exclusively to advancing the science and art of cosmetic plastic surgery. Its members are a select group of board-certified plastic surgeons who have earned the right to display the distinctive ASAPS logo, depicting the Egyptian Queen Nefertiti and symbolizing ageless beauty. Today, this logo represents the highest achievement in cosmetic plastic surgery.

What sets ASAPS surgeons apart?
During their residency training plastic surgeons learn to perform both reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery. Those who are members of ASAPS have chosen Cosmetic surgery as their primary interest. That's important to you for several reasons.

1) Specialization in cosmetic surgery. Only board certified plastic surgeons that devote a significant portion of their practice to cosmetic plastic surgery are invited into ASAPS membership.

2) Ongoing education in the latest techniques. To maintain membership in ASAPS, a plastic surgeon must regularly participate in accredited continuing education in cosmetic surgery. This ensures that ASAPS surgeons are up-to-date with the latest advances in the field-advances that can directly benefit you.

3) Highest standards of patient care and ethical practice. An ASAPS surgeon in their region who knows their professional reputation must recommend applicants for membership. ASAPS members adhere to the highest ethical standards for patient care and professional conduct.

About ASAPS members
The requirements for membership in the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) are designed to encourage application by trained and experienced plastic surgeons that concentrate their practices in performing cosmetic plastic surgery of the face and the entire body. ASAPS membership remains an exclusive privilege for those surgeons who possess the necessary qualifications. Only about one-quarter of all American Board of Plastic Surgery certified surgeons have been accepted into ASAPS membership. Physicians who have been trained in specialties other than plastic surgery are not eligible for membership in ASAPS.

Among the requirements for invitation and election to ASAPS membership, a plastic surgeon must:

1) Be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or, in plastic surgery by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada*

2) Be in at least the third year of active practice following board certification

3) Participate in accredited Continuing Medical Education (CME) to stay current with developments in the field of cosmetic plastic surgery

4) Document the performance of a significant number and variety of cosmetic surgical cases to demonstrate wide experience;

5) Be sponsored by two ASAPS-member plastic surgeons to help ensure that the applicant's professional reputation meets the high standards required by ASAPS

6) Adhere to current ethical standards for professional conduct as outlined in the Code of Ethics observed by all ASAPS-member surgeons.

* Plastic surgeons who are not citizens of the United States or Canada who meet the high professional and ethical standards required for ASAPS membership may become ASAPS international active members.

Don't settle for less

When choosing your plastic surgeon, first check for certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the board-certification that indicates complete training in plastic surgery. Then ask if your surgeon is a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.  Don't settle for less than a board-certified plastic surgeon who has earned membership in ASAPS, the Mark of Distinction in Cosmetic Plastic Surgery™.

This information is promotional copy provided by ASAPS.

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