Plastic Surgery Gone Wrong

NewBeauty constantly emphasizes the importance of finding a qualified, board-certified doctor to perform cosmetic surgery. A recent USA Today article illustrates the disastrous results for patients who underwent plastic surgery with a non-board-certified physician. In one case, an Arizona internal medicine doctor is facing second-degree murder charges for performing liposuction after less than a week of training. Three of his patients died.

The article further reports on a gynecologist who performed liposuction on a patient who later died, an eye doctor doing a breast-implant surgery on a patient who suffered from excessive bleeding, and the discovery of a liposuction “clinic” set up in condominium bedroom amid alarming conditions. These tragic examples clearly show the risk associated with entrusting practitioners who have not been properly trained in these procedures.

"Safety should be the primary concern in any surgery, including plastic surgery," says La Jolla, CA, plastic surgeon Robert Singer, MD. "Cosmetic surgery is real surgery with real risks, which can be minimized in the hands of the most fully trained plastic surgeon. Look for a surgeon who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (abplsurg.org), the only board that is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (abms.org), for plastic surgery of the face, body and breast. There is no board that is recognized by the ABMS that has the word 'cosmetic' in it."

In a follow-up article, USA Today further explored the booming growth of high-volume cosmetic surgery clinics and found even more cosmetic surgery cases gone wrong. Do discounted costs and easy access to procedures discourage us from doing our homework and finding a qualified board-certified physician?

Bottom line, Dr. Singer says, "Do your homework, check credentials, and don't shop for bargains when it comes to cosmetic procedures and your health." Find a trusted doctor in your area here.