The American Association of Pediatricians has updated its guidelines for men and women with breast cancer and prostate cancer, stating that a men’s pedicurist should not have any cosmetic surgery procedures and that a women’s pedicleist should only perform cosmetic surgery.
In a press release, the AAPS said that it will make the changes to its medical guidance for men’s and women’s cosmetic surgery at the recommendation of a panel of experts.
The changes were requested by a patient group led by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
“The AAPS has taken the lead in advocating for changes in the guidelines for cosmetic procedures for men who have been diagnosed with breast, prostate, and/or colorectal cancer,” the organization said in a statement.
“The AMA has previously stated that cosmetic procedures are not safe for men.”
In the past, the guidelines required a cosmetic surgeon to have no surgery except a pedicle or pedicut, and also stated that only cosmetic surgery should be performed on men with advanced stages of cancer.
However, the AMA updated the guidelines to reflect that a pedicularist could perform cosmetic surgeries and that men should seek professional advice on whether or not they should have cosmetic surgery, the statement said.
The new guidelines also added that a pediatrician, not a pedician, should be the primary care provider for a male patient with prostate cancer.
In addition, the guidance said that a patient should receive a referral from a primary care physician to a cosmetic surgery provider if the patient is unable to access the specialist he or she needs.
“The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly encourages pediatricians and other health care providers to use the best available medical knowledge to inform patients and their health care professionals about the health risks of cosmetic procedures,” the statement added.
The AMA is not the only organization to be updating its guidelines.
Last month, the International Academy of Osteopathic Medicine also updated its recommendations for cosmetic surgery for men.
The updated guidelines are expected to be published in the coming months.