The Choice Can Have Serious Consequence
The number of people wanting to improve their appearance for personal or medical reasons is on the rise, with a 4% increase in cosmetic surgical procedures from 2015 to 2016. Due to this upsurge in numbers, the amount of locations providing cosmetic services has also expanded.
Most facilities are reputable, offering only the safest environment possible, but that not the case with all of them. Along with the escalation in demand comes an increase in medical personnel without the proper training and certification wanting to take advantage of the situation.
That is why there is also an increase in botched procedures, according to the president of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery:
“Recent reports of cosmetic surgeries gone awry and wrongful deaths proves that the choice for undergoing facial cosmetic surgery should be taken seriously,” says AAFPRS President Dr. Shan Baker. “Whether undergoing a surgical operation, such as a face lift, or a non-surgical procedure like Botox injections, patients need to be mindful that these are all medical procedures that should be performed by the hands of a well-trained, qualified, and experienced facial plastic surgeon.”
Read more here: AAFPRS – Botched Surgery Reports
One particular cosmetic procedure that has been receiving some negative news lately is the fat transfer technique. Not only are many patients unhappy with the results, but there have been instances of a fat embolism causing major issues and even death.
What happens is that during the fat transfer, some of the fat globules get into the bloodstream and travel to the lungs. Symptoms, if present, typically occur within 24 to 72 hours and include shortness of breath, confusion, and a rash.
A simple solution is to always ask the doctor in any plastic surgery facility if they are certified to perform the same procedure in a hospital. Here is an example of a fatal case that occurred last year in New York:
Part of the problem with the current state of everyone wanting to emulate stars like the Kardashians is that these procedures can be expensive, so individuals want to find a practitioner to suit their budget quickly and easily without checking credentials or reviews.
What to Look for When Seeking a Cosmetic Surgeon
Choosing the right doctor is important in any case, but with a cosmetic surgeon it is a choice you will live with for many years. There are some specific topics you want to either research or inquire about via the doctor’s office.
The following is a list for finding a reputable cosmetic surgeon from the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery:
1. Make sure the cosmetic surgeon is board certified
2. Confirm the surgeon’s experience in the specific procedures you want
3. Choose a surgeon whose aesthetic sense appeals to you
4. Pay attention to how the surgeon and staff make you feel
5. Find out about the operating facility
6. Customer service matters too!
See the full post here: Tips for Choosing a Cosmetic Surgeon
As you can see, the first is checking the credentials of the provider to be sure they are legitimate. Feeling good about yourself and having confidence is the goal, but safety has to come first.
Talking to your friends for referrals, checking online reviews, and having an in depth conversation with as many Southern California cosmetic surgeons as necessary will help you in your decision making process.