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Is Your Cosmetic Surgeon Certified?

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Many women consider having cosmetic surgery. They may go to an ENT doctor (ears, nose and throat) who offers to perform a face lift or a GYN doctor (gynecologist) who states he can do a tummy tuck.

These doctors often have a slew of diplomas on their wall and may have offices in a wealthy part of town so you, the consumer, think they are skilled to perform plastic surgery.

The problem is, while many doctors are board certified in their specialty area, they may not be certified in plastic surgery.

In fact, some doctors may have only taken a weekend’s worth of training taught by another doctor who isn’t board certified in plastic surgery either, stated Dr. Joel Aronowitz. Aronowitz is a plastic surgeon in Los Angeles who is also a clinical assistant professor at the University of Southern California to the New York Times.

The reason for the surge in plastic surgical procedures performed by non-board certified plastic surgeons is due to money, specifically, since plastic surgery is not paid for by insurance.

It is a field of essentially cash pay. Offers to perform these seemingly simple procedures at reduced cost are enticing to those who want them.

USA Today ran a series of articles reporting on lawsuits that have been made for both wrongful deaths after cosmetic procedures and for disfigurement. Wrongful deaths have occurred due to excessive amounts of lidocaine administered to a patient to control pain while doing a liposuction procedure.

Lidocaine can slow the heart and reduce blood pressure. If large amounts move out of the tissues into the blood stream many hours later, then the heart can be affected and stop beating. An inexperienced plastic surgeon may not recognize when he has used too much.

The disfigurement lawsuits ranged from significant scarring, non-healing incisions, unequal ear heights and infected breasts.

Robin Wulffson MD wrote for EmaxHealth that “fueling the problem is that currently only 21 states require the accreditation or licensing of offices where the surgeries are performed.

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