Would you let a plumber fix your car? How about having your hair done by the grocery store checkout clerk? Craving Mexican food? You’ll want to head to an Italian restaurant for your burrito! Those prospects all sound ridiculous, don’t they? Why, then, would you choose to have your plastic surgery procedure performed by someone other than a plastic surgeon? Rarely does a day go by without a report in the news about plastic surgery being performed by non-plastic surgeons with less-than-optimum outcomes. As plastic surgery procedures become more accepted and mainstream, the standards and expectations the public has for the training of the provider have gone by the wayside. Traditionally, plastic surgery was performed by board-certified plastic surgeons with many years of post-graduate training. These years included countless hours under the tutelage of an attending plastic surgeon providing supervision, guidance and assistance during the learning process. More recently, non-plastic surgeons have ventured into the plastic surgery arena, performing procedures in which their training, if any, may have only been a day-long or a weekend course, often times run by the makers of the product they are injecting or the device they are using for a particular procedure.
Board-certified plastic surgeons are dedicated to patient safety. They are trained to understand the body, (specifically the skin, muscles, nerves and fat) and how those respond to various procedures, both surgical and nonsurgical. They have experience dealing with complicated reconstructive surgical methods, and, most importantly, they have a healthy respect for what the body can and cannot tolerate, when it comes to each individual patient.
If you are contemplating a plastic surgery procedure (surgical or nonsurgical), here is a list of the top 5 places to avoid: