In an attempt to draw attention to plastic surgery safety, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) launched a new safety campaign last week.
The goal? To teach patients about the importance of reviewing a surgeon's credentials prior to going under the knife.
The unofficial spokeswoman? Dinora Rodriguez, a 40-year-old California woman whose surgeon left her with a "uniboob."
Rodriguez' surgeon had been recommended by a friend, reports HealthDay. But the surgeon turned out to be anything but professional.
Already sporting implants, the doctor told Rodriguez that one side was leaking. This apparently was a lie, Rodriguez says. Then, while operating, she placed the new implant in the wrong pocket, creating a uniboob.
Next, she "fixed" a facial scar without permission, permanently damaging the eyelids. Dinora Rodriguez will now never be able to fully close her eyes.
Though licensed in California, ABC News reports that the surgeon was not board-certified.
As explained on FindLaw's Injured, general physicians can perform cosmestic procedures even without certification. But if plastic surgery safety is important to you, your doctor should be certified by the ASPS.
ASPS certified plastic surgeons must undergo six years of specialized training and complete yearly educational courses. Their credentials are the accepted standard in the medical community.
They also only use up-to-date facilities, a lack of which can contribute to botched procedures.
Though board certification can't ensure a flawless procedure, it can help tip the odds in your favor. Remember, even elective procedures can be life-threatening.
So don't let the white coat fool you. Show your dedication to plastic surgery safety and research your surgeon.