Breast Surgery By A Non Plastic Surgeon? It Happens!
You wouldn’t trust your pharmacist with fixing your car so why do many patients allow a non-certified board plastic surgeon perform their breast augmentations? In an article featured in the “New York Times” a patient got a tummy tuck and facelift procedure for whom she believed to be a board-certified surgeon. Turns out, her Beverly Hills surgeon was board-certified alright. He was certified in otolaryngology or ear, nose and throat surgery. Unfortunately, this situation is all too common for patients who trust in a doctor’s qualifications and are being taken advantage of by greedy doctors adding plastic surgery procedures to their practice in order to rake in additional income.
How to protect yourself…
Dr. Stevens provides tips for avoiding doctors who “fake” their plastic surgery credentials and help you to find the right surgeon.
- Consult with reputable surgeons and ask for recommendations from family and friends that have had prior cosmetic procedures.
- Ask your surgeon if they are board certified and if so by which certifying agency. Use this information to double check with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons or the American Board of Plastic Surgery that your surgeon is indeed certified.
- Ask to see before and after pictures of their work.
- Reach out to their past patients for recommendations.
States are currently looking to limit what doctors can do outside of their training, but until then, keep yourself safe and do your due diligence before handing your money over to a surgeon.
Dr. Leslie H. Stevens is a board certified plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills and co-director of the renowned Lasky Clinic, known for its extensive celebrity clientele. Dr. Stevens specializes in facelifts, eye lifts, breast augmentation, tummy tucks, labiaplasty, liposuction and body contouring. His practice is located in the Los Angeles area at the Lasky Clinic in Beverly Hills.