The New York Times published an article this week about a growing problem: doctors performing cosmetic surgery outside their given specialties. This is a significant issue with some serious consequences, and one which should rightly be discussed in the press.
As the article explains, nonspecialists putting patients under the knife is a problem with potentially wide-ranging repercussions, from danger to the patients to the significant expenses associated with corrective surgeries.
From the NYT:
“The public needs to be protected from doctors who are not upfront about what board certifications they have,” said Dr. Malcolm Z. Roth, chief of plastic surgery at the Albany Medical Center in Albany and president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
What can you do to ensure your surgeon has devoted years of training to the specific procedure at hand? Don’t be afraid to ask questions, of course. Always check your surgeon’s credentials. And never, ever look “outside the box” when it comes to essential surgery of the face and neck.
To learn more about safer plastic surgery, please don’t hesitate to contact my L.A. cosmetic surgery offices today.