A recent story on the Stylelist website warns consumers about bargain plastic surgery, a trend that can be seen from billboards advertising bargain boob jobs in California to an ad in Florida touting “$8 Botox” injections.
These bargains could come at the cost of patient safety.
“To get the cost down, they could be cutting back on things like general anesthesia. They make you feel like the procedure must be easier and not so serious if you’re just getting local sedation. Nothing could be further from the truth,” says Dr. Marcel Daniels, a plastic surgeon in Long Beach, Calif.
Another part of this trend is that doctors who studied a different branch of medicine, such as gynecology, are performing plastic surgery procedures, according to Stylelist.
“Many physicians not trained as plastic surgeons can legally perform a surgical procedure in their office. These people often claim that they can do the same procedure as a plastic surgeon under local anesthesia and may even claim they are more scientifically advanced,” says Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. John Anastasatos. “The truth is that they don’t have surgical privileges at hospitals and surgery centers because they simply are not surgeons and never trained as surgeons.”
Avoid these plastic surgery pitfalls by researching your doctor to make sure he or she has plastic surgery training. The American Board of Plastic Surgery website has a free database where consumers can search to see if a doctor has plastic surgery board certification. The article also warns against doctors who don’t have before-and-after photos to show patients.
Dr. Jonov is a board certified cosmetic surgeon with an office-based surgery center in Seattle, Washington. Before-and-after photos of his work are available on his online photo gallery.
The full article, ‘Free’ Plastic Surgery: The Dangers of Bargain Breasts and Botox is available on Styleist.com. (Photo by Aaron Gruenert, courtesy of Stylelist.com)
Dr. Jonov is a cosmetic surgeon who specializes in plastic surgeries of the face, breast, and body at Seattle Plastic Surgery.