Be Careful When Choosing Cosmetic Procedures

Most people might know that to have plastic surgery you should go to a board-certified plastic surgeon surgeon, but with less invasive or nonsurgical procedures, some might be tempted to go elsewhere. In a study done last year, 47% said they would have a more invasive procedure outside of a plastic surgeon’s office if their nonsurgical procedure went well. That means they could have an unlicensed individual

injecting botox, fillers or doing even more extensive procedures like liposuction or fat transfer.

We have all seen the news. Here are some points for your safety.

1) Check for credentials in medi-spas
We have all seen the horror stories online from the women who went into a nail or hair salon and thought that it would be okay to get a buttock augmentation or injectable procedure done by an unlicensed individual. Completely fake doctors and injectors are out there, but so are non-core doctors who never learned how to properly inject or perform a procedure. Would you have a dentist do your heart surgery? Then, why have a dentist do your plastic surgery?
– Woman’s face infected, disfigured following medi-spa visit http://www.surgery.org/consumers/plastic-surgery-news-briefs/womans-face-infected-disfigured-medi-spa-visit-1038543
– Med spas, spreading like wildfire in Florida, offer cosmetic procedures http://www.surgery.org/consumers/plastic-surgery-news-briefs/med-spas-spreading-wildfire-florida-offer-cosmetic-procedures-1037457

2) Underground injections and Botox® parties
It may seem obvious not to go into someone’s home or hotel room to get a procedure done, but the individuals running these operations are convincing and they prey on vulnerable individuals who might not be able to afford procedures, not have access to the internet or other resources and are desperate to improve their appearance. There are websites, phone numbers and organizations dedicated to checking on a person’s credentials. Don’t skimp on the research.
– Underground buttock injection leads to woman’s death http://www.surgery.org/consumers/plastic-surgery-news-briefs/underground-buttock-injection-leads-womans-death-1038076
– Back room procedures not worth the risk [ASAPS Press Release] http://www.surgery.org/media/news-releases/patient-safety-alert-

3) Buyer beware: Groupons and discounts
While it might seem okay to get discount tickets, haircuts and facials from a group buying program like Groupon and LivingSocial just to name a few, plastic surgery is medical and has more complicated conditions. Not everyone is the same. Before you can get a certain procedure, you need to be assessed and a full medical history needs to be done. These are not guaranteed by any of these companies. Choosing a doctor or medi-spa because of a deal or price alone is just dangerous.
– Groupon plastic surgery offers: don’t compromise safety for price http://www.surgery.org/consumers/plastic-surgery-news-briefs/groupon-plastic-surgery-offers–dont-compromise-safety-price-1037718
– You’ve got mail: online promotions may not be safe medicine [ASAPS Press Release] http://www.surgery.org/media/news-releases/youve-got-mail–online-promotions-may-not-be-safe-medicine