Recently I read with horror the story of a young woman who died following a botched cosmetic procedure performed in a hotel room in the Philadelphia area. There were numerous disturbing things about this tragic story but far and away one of the most upsetting aspect was the idea that someone would go to a hotel room to have what was obviously an unsafe cosmetic procedure. Reading a story like this makes made me wonder what the thought process one would have behind making such a decision in the first place, let alone going through with it.
Needless to say this tragedy was quite avoidable which makes it even more upsetting. So that begs the question – how can you be sure that the cosmetic procedure you are getting is safe? And moreover how can you be sure that the person doing the procedure is legit?
There are a lot of procedures being offered by medical spas that are actually quite controversial and it is best to educate yourself before paying any money let alone proceeding with surgery. Take for instance a procedure called Lipodissolve which promises to remove small pockets of fat through injections. Sounds great, right? Well actually it sounds great only on paper. In reality the procedure is controversial enough that the FDA is cracking down on medspas that advertise that they perform this procedure. Not only is the procedure not FDA approved, there is no evidence that it actually works.
So once again, how do you protect yourself both financially and health-wise when you want to get a cosmetic procedure done? When selecting a plastic surgeon make sure that they are board certified in plastic surgery and work in an accredited facility. Ask a lot of questions during your consultation. And it goes without saying that you should do a consult before any procedure. If some place wants you to go ahead with a procedure without a consult with a doctor (not a sales person but a doctor) definitely stay away! Not only should you feel comfortable to ask about all aspects of a procedure during a consult, but any good doctor shouldn’t give you trouble when you ask about their credentials and experience. You can quickly figure out if the doctor you’ve consulted with is board certified by logging to the American Board of Medical Specialties and looking up the doctor. Educate yourself! There even good resources online like The American Society of Plastic Surgeons website and New Beauty can give you details about popular cosmetic procedures.
Above all use your common sense – if your gut feeling tells you that things don’t feel right – stay away. If someone offers to do your surgery for a cut-rate price there is usually a reason for that, a bad reason – stay away. Legitimate places can offer discounts on surgery but if you are quoted a price that is way below the going rate there is probably a bad reason for that. While the results of cosmetic surgery can be life changing and life enhancing do make sure that you proceed with caution and feel good about your decision before going through with anything.
- Shady Cosmetic Surgeons – How to Protect Yourself
- FDA Consumer Updates – Cosmetics
- Serious Problems from the Cosmetic Surgery Front – WebMD
- Know Your Doctor’s Board Certification – WebMD