NEW SURVEY REVEALS AMERICANS TRUST THEIR FACES TO FACIAL PLASTIC SURGEONSNo one can get away from aging, but the road divides when it comes to how to age; the smart way or the uninformed way. A new study commissioned by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) shows that the majority of people look for an experienced, certified facial plastic surgeon over general practitioners when it comes to facial plastic surgery.

The majority of Americans siding with expertise are employing informed decision-making skills, reinforcing their desire to make smart choices. In fact, 80 percent of Americans trust their faces to the surgical expertise and care of a facial plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic surgery of the head, face and neck over a general plastic surgeon.

Highly publicized tales of surgeries-gone-wrong, both invasive and non-invasive, have reinforced the importance of research to properly identify a highly experienced, board-certified surgeon. With the vast number of surgeons in practice today, it is more important than ever to make informed decisions when considering an elective facial plastic surgery.

AAFPRS certification is thorough and rigorous. AAFPRS surgeons not only complete a four year specialized residency, but many also undergo an additional one-year AAFPRS fellowship in Facial Plastic Surgery.

-- Do your homework. Check to make sure that the surgeon's area of expertise and corresponding board certification is in facial plastic surgery. The AAFPRS interactive Web site - http://www.facemd.org/ - will confirm a facial plastic surgeon's membership to this organization.