The Importance of Choosing a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
This may be a funny meme but this is actually a serious post. Please please do your research and watch out for cheap plastic surgery deals that seem too good to be true whether here in the US or out of the country. Make sure your doctor is board certified in plastic surgery and a member of the ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons). Many people don’t know this but you can be any kind of doctor – a family medicine doctor, an ER doctor, an orthopedic doctor, and in some states a PA – and call yourself a cosmetic surgeon (and say you are board certified in Cosmetic Surgery) and perform plastic surgery. They may be board certified in other medical fields but not specifically in plastic surgery. To become a board certified plastic surgeon, one must complete at least 6 but usually 8 or 9 years of surgical training including 2-3 years specifically in an accredited plastic surgery program, pass a two day written exam, collect individual plastic surgery cases for review by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and then pass a 3 day oral examination. It’s your body and you are making an investment in it that will change your life. If you try to cut costs, it likely ends up costing you more as with many of my patients who have had botched plastic surgery that I need to repair. 25% of my practice now is repairing botched plastic surgery – usually liposuction or Brazillian Butt Lift, breast, and also Labiaplasty. It saddens me to see beautiful young women who wanted an improvement in their appearance now with severe irregularities, asymmetries that are visible even in clothing, deep scarring with chronic pain, and never able to wear a bikini again. There are many women who have been so disfigured that I cannot even try to fix them. Don’t compromise when it comes to your body and your health.