Are you considering getting a cosmetic procedure? If you are, you have to be diligent in making sure that the doctor who would be performing the aesthetic procedure for you is qualified and certified. (Tweet this)
Non Certified Doctors are Performing Aesthetic Procedures
Recently, there has been an influx of non-certified doctors performing aesthetic procedures. (Tweet this)
Las Vegas plastic surgeon Michael Edwards, MD pointed out that the reason for this may be because of the changes in insurance reimbursement. He said that the way doctors earn money has shifted because of these changes and an increasing number of non-core doctors have started doing cosmetic procedures with virtually nothing considered as off limits.
This is of course startling and concerning news. Richard Parfitt, MD, a facial plastic surgeon in Madison, WI also added that there are a ton of unqualified doctors, including those with a medical license who claim to be board-certified and pretend to be plastic surgeons.
So if you are planning on having a cosmetic procedure done, you should be extra careful in choosing your doctor. So what can you do? First and foremost you should do research or do your homework. You have to absolutely make sure that the doctor who would be performing the aesthetic procedure for you is board-certified, in good standing and qualified to perform the procedures he or she claims they can carry out. Going with a board-certified plastic surgeon may be the ideal option as they are well-versed in this area and should something go wrong, board-certified plastic surgeons have a better understanding on how to treat the problem.
However, you absolutely have to make sure that your doctor is actually properly certified.
Cosmetic Procedure: How to Make Sure Your Doctor is Properly Certified
Here are a few steps that you can take to make sure that your doctor is properly certified. (Tweet this)
- He or she must be a board-certified doctor with the ABMS.
- Check with your state’s medical board. Doing this step is highly recommended as your state’s medical board will provide you with information on the doctor’s license and complaints lodged against him, if any.
- Make sure that your doctor has hospital privileges. Even if the procedure you are getting is going to be performed outside a hospital, you should still check on this. All plastic surgeons should have hospital privileges, regardless of whether the procedure is being done in or outside of a hospital.
- Check on the training, credentials, and experience of the doctor. You should also see is he or she is affiliated with any main plastic surgery societies like ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) or ASAPS (American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery)