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What Some Physicians Don’t Want You to Know
Many physicians who perform cosmetic surgery are in fact NOT plastic surgeons.
- They are family physicians, gynecologists, dermatologists, pediatricians, radiologists, dentists, and doctors from other specialties.
- They may have taken a weekend course in cosmetic surgery they are not surgically trained in plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures.
- They do not have privileges in accredited hospitals or outpatient surgical facilities to perform plastic surgery procedures.
- They may put the patient at risk by performing cosmetic procedures in their office.
Five Questions You Must Ask Your Surgeon
- Are you board certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery?
- Do you practice only plastic surgery? What other medical specialties do you practice?
- Did you complete a residency in general surgery? Did you complete a residency in plastic surgery?
- Does your malpractice insurance cover the surgical procedures I’m considering?
- Do you have hospital privileges to perform plastic surgery procedures I’m considering? Which hospitals?
- There are approximately 700,000 physicians in the United States.
- There are less than 8,000 Board Certified Plastic Surgeons in the United States.
- There are approximately 16,000 medical graduates per year.
- There are only 93 plastic and reconstructive surgery residencies granted to medical school graduates each year.
- Sources: National Residents Match Program, Association of American Medical Colleges, Medical Group Management Association.
- The average American spends about four hours planning a vacation, according to Prevention Magazine. Citing work done by the American College of Surgeons, the magazine says that this amount of time is three hours longer than the time spent researching a medical procedure or surgeon.