If you feel like it’s time to invest in a cosmetic procedure to fight signs of aging, you have a wide range of treatments to pick from. It matters greatly which hospital, clinic, and practitioner you choose to perform the procedure. This is true whether you decide to have a surgical facelift or you choose to go with a non-invasive procedure like laser treatment. Cosmetic procedures can cause serious complications if they aren’t performed by a qualified plastic surgeon.
Qualifications of a Capable Plastic Surgeon
You should be aware that, in the United States, it’s perfectly legal for any doctor with a medical license to perform cosmetic surgery, even if it’s not their specialty. The lack of appropriate training and certification is, by far, the most common reason for horror stories you might have heard of cosmetic procedures gone wrong. A perfect example of this is seen in a recent article regarding a Houston woman who got an illegal procedure done in a hotel room. She was left with bad results and complications, confirming that cheaper services are never more important than having a qualified plastic surgeon.
There are several ways doctors and surgeons mislead people into trusting them to perform plastic surgery on them. Sometimes, board-certified general surgeons will falsely claim to be plastic surgeons. This tactic depends on the patient’s probable ignorance about surgery in general. The idea is to get the patient believing that all surgeons are capable of any type of surgery, including cosmetic surgery.
Other times, surgeons might tell their patients that they are board-certified plastic surgeons. While this might be true, remember that only The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) can truly certify that a doctor is fully capable of performing plastic surgery. Doctors who have received this kind of training have to complete a general surgery residency as well as a separate plastic surgery residency. They will also have to pass a exams in order to prove their expertise in their field.
Benefits of Board-Certified Expertise
Our plastic surgeon, Mark P Solomon, MD, has extensive training and knowledge in aesthetics and plastic surgery. You can depend on him to know what he is talking about if you ever choose to schedule a consultation at our office. Dr. Solomon will only suggest that you have a particular procedure if he is sure it will truly benefit you on an individual level. We were all created differently, and what might work well for one of our patients might not work well for another.
One of the dangers of having plastic surgery performed by an otherwise capable surgeon who is not properly certified is the risk of unnatural looking results. You should want the results of your surgery to look natural and complementing to your facial attributes. Surgeons who have a comprehensive knowledge of aesthetics know how to achieve balance with their surgical procedures.
Plastic surgery is generally safe, however there can be serious medical complications if a doctor doesn’t know what they are doing. Trust your face and body to a legitimate plastic surgeon when you visit Mark P Solomon, MD in Beverly Hills or Bala Cynwyd. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!