I am “board certified”, really…
The field of aesthetic plastic surgery is becoming diverse. There is a tremendous infusion of new technology and a growing demand from our society. Despite a lagging economy, the demand for plastic surgery is forecasted to rise up to 8.5% through 2012. Such demand makes the field of cosmetic surgery lucrative. On the other hand many of the specialties of medicine have seen tremendous decline in their compensation from the insurance companies. The lucrative nature of cosmetic surgery has become the motivation factor of non-qualified physicians to become involved with a variety of different parts of cosmetic surgery. It is not unusual to see ads of gynecologists doing Botox, dentist doing facelift, and non-specialized general surgeons doing major body contouring after weight loss. Recently some elements of plastic surgery, especially body contouring and liposuction, have become so commercialized that “chain type franchise” shops have sprouted with fancy names and fancier advertisement. These are “assembly line” practices that are often run by business oriented directors who employ, often, non qualified physicians to perform liposuction. Patients, are generally not seen by the physician until the day of the operation. Scary!
So beware. Make sure that your physician is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Not all boards are equal. Just simply stating that a physician is board certified is not sufficient. In fact a board such as American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, which is used by many of these non qualified practitioners, is not under the umbrella of the major body of accepted boards (American Board of Medical Specialties) and is not a valid board certification status.
For a complete and concise description of certification please visit About Certification on our website.
And remember it’s your Life…Do your homework and be vigilant.