ASAPS welcomes new president

ASAPS welcomes new president
ASAPS welcomes new president

Former Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force, president-elect of the Clark County Medical Society, and member of Anson, Edwards and Higgins Plastic Surgery Associates, Dr. Michael Edwards has had his fair share of executive responsibility throughout his lifetime. Beginning in late April, Edwards will add president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery to his impressive, ever-growing list of credentials.

ASAPS will officially inaugurate the board-certified surgeon as president at the end of the month. According to a feature in Plastic Surgery Practice, Edwards not only has a swath of cosmetic experience under his belt, but also has a number of exciting plans for the organization in the coming months.

Dr. Michael Edwards finds ways to stay busy
The Las Vegas-based surgeon has experience performing a number of different surgeries, including tummy tucks, skin reduction after weight loss and breast enhancements. He explained to PSP that although he works in Las Vegas, he has not seen a large number of patients seeking to resemble the traditional showgirls, but the average breast implant size is slightly higher in the city than the average for the U.S. 

Edwards recently opened a new practice alongside two other cosmetic surgeons: Dr. Goesel Anson and Dr. Terry Higgins. He explained that while the three surgeons and their team of additional medical professionals working in the practice were from different cosmetic specialties, this kind of assembly would be more popular in the future.

"We all believe we do everything the best, but other core specialties, dermatologists, facial plastic surgeons and oculoplastic surgeons do great surgery in their area of training, and we all have the same goal: patient safety and good outcomes," Edwards said to the source. "I feel group practices in plastic surgery will become more and more prevalent, especially with changes we see in the healthcare system."

Edwards' plans for the future of ASAPS
Patient safety is one of Edwards' main focuses for the organization moving forward. While ASAPS has a history of placing patients' needs first, Edwards hopes to continue that tradition by furthering patient knowledge prior to their procedures. He explained to PSP that he hopes to not only create more means by which potential patients can learn about their operations and doctors, but also encourage surgeons in the organization to further interact with ASAPS initiatives. For example, he hopes more doctors will attend ASAPS meetings, apply for grants and publish findings in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal.