"We're seeing all sorts of physicians, including dentists, ER doctors, internists, ophthalmologists and even podiatrists practice outside their specialties by offering cosmetic procedures that should only be performed by board-certified plastic surgeons," says Peter Fodor, M.D. (www.PeterFodormd.com), a Los Angeles plastic surgeon and past president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), the world's most prestigious aesthetic surgery society. "And it's not just doctors who offer these services. Shopping mall 'med spas' now are selling cosmetic procedures along with massages and mud packs. It's becoming the Wild, Wild West out there with patients suffering the costs, literally and figuratively."
Fodor estimates fully 50 percent of his business is now re-doing surgeries performed by other physicians. "It's far more expensive to have to re-do a cosmetic surgery gone awry and unfortunately, sometimes the damage is permanent," he says.
Many people undergoing an aesthetic procedure believe the doctor performing is a board -certified plastic surgeon. They might even be told that the physician is "board-certified," however, that does not mean he or she is qualified in plastic surgery.
"Consumers have to be proactive in asking if the doctor being considered for their plastic surgery is actually qualified in that specialty. Look for 'ASAPS' certification," says Fodor. Patients must also consider whether a cosmetic surgery facility is equipped to a handle a medical emergency. "If there's a medical problem, the best these alternative facilities can do is call 911," said Fodor.
While any cosmetic procedure offered in a spa, hair or tanning salon should raise a red flag, patients should not be fooled either by expensive offices or even the latest in equipment. "Just as in playing tennis or the piano, it is not the racquet or the musical instrument that plays the primary role in the quality of the performance; it is the person in control that matters the most," says Fodor. "It takes years of practice to perfect cosmetic surgery techniques. Do you really want to be a guinea pig in someone's cosmetic-surgery learning experience?"
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