We all love Tiffany’s. There is something about that little blue box that stirs emotions like nothing else. It’s because that box signifies quality. It means you’re getting the very best. It’s special. On the other hand, there’s Walmart, a brand that does outstanding business based on offering the lowest possible prices, presumably to customers unconcerned with quality. (We’ve all seen those “People of Walmart” emails.) We all make choices every day about the quality of the products we buy – sometimes we want the very best and sometimes we’ll settle for less. Unfortunately, discount services has reached into medicine, plastic surgery in particular, and patients are paying for it with their suffering.
What’s scary is that there is very little regulation of doctors. Anyone with an M.D. behind their name (or D.O., for that matter), can call themselves a plastic surgeon, whether they know how to do plastic surgery or not. Any doctor can mail away to get a “board certification” and poof! the Aesthetic Institute of Dr. Don’t-know-what-the-hell-I’m-
A recent outpouring of injured patients has brought this issue to the attention of local and national media outlets across the country. USA Today recently ran a front page story about deaths in Florida caused by a pretend plastic surgeon. And closer to home, Channel 10 aired a two-part series about local physicians who have little training but are honing their plastic surgery skills on unwitting patients. The series is as enlightening as it is scary. At no time like the present has the old adage been more true: Buyer Beware.
Please view these reports here: Channel 10 report.
You have choices. If you are considering work on your face or body, do your homework. Meet with one or more physicians – not just patient coordinators. There’s a big difference between different boards, so make sure your doctor is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Your future outlook depends on it!