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Cosmetic Surgery Buyer Beware

William C. Rigano, M.D.

article courtesy William C. Rigano, M.D.

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With increasing popularity, cosmetic surgery is being performed by unqualified practitioners in non-accredited facilities. Medical spas have non-physicians performing cosmetic treatments with limited background knowledge and little supervision. This troublesome landscape is gradually changing.

Many physicians are jumping at these cosmetic procedures to add elective revenue to their practice. Unfortunately, a weekend course is not adequate to prepare doctors, nurses or aesthetians to perform cosmetic procedures.

Appropriate training allows plastic surgeons to select the proper procedure and perform the procedure in an accredited facility.
We have all seen reports in the media of deaths following liposuction or tummy tucks performed by physicians with inadequate training or using an inappropriate facility.

Many states have passed legislation to help promote patient safety. Accrediting agencies are making facilities safer as well.
Board certification has become a marketing term. Unfortunately, no system is in place to categorize board certification. There is no board of cosmetic surgery. Only plastic surgeons have extensive training in cosmetic surgery. They have five to seven years of surgical training and a tremendous background in surgery all over the body.

Now, more than ever, it is important to seek out the best credentials for patient care and safety. Careful analysis will lead patients to board-certified plastic surgeons that are members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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