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

  1. Are you board certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery?
  2. Do you practice only plastic surgery? What other medical specialties do you practice?
  3. Did you complete a residency in general surgery? Did you complete a residency in plastic surgery?
  4. Does your malpractice insurance cover the surgical procedures I’m considering?
  5. Do you have hospital privileges to perform plastic surgery procedures I’m considering? Which hospitals?

Interesting Facts

  • 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.