Cosmetic surgery has some attendant risks no matter what, but working with a board-certified plastic surgeon reduces those risks dramatically. People who seek treatment from non-board-certified plastic surgeon often find out too late the consequences of their decision.
Consider the current lawsuit filed by a woman who sought breast reduction surgery not from a board-certified plastic surgeon, or even a surgical doctor, but from a dentist. After the procedure, she not only had disfiguring scars on her breasts and malpositioned nipples, but suffers serious self-consciousness about her body.
But this woman is not the only one who had treatment by this dentist, who has had many medical malpractice lawsuits filed against him for performing surgeries such as facelifts, and was reprimanded by the state medical board for a facelift operation that led to the patient’s death.
Although these patients and their families claim they were not fully informed about the dentist’s training and experience, remember that it is your responsibility to ask questions and get straight answers about your plastic surgeon’s training and experience. A board-certified plastic surgeon will be happy to share hisor her credentials, and they can also be checked through the website of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), a simple step that we recommend. The ASPS website will also give you an independent assessment of the doctor’s facilities and their accreditations, as well as any hospital affiliations.
Remember that when you choose to have plastic surgery by anyone other than a board-certified plastic surgeon, you are not only risking a bad aesthetic outcome, you are risking your life.