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Is Your Cosmetic Surgeon Properly Trained?

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By Stephanie Rabiner, Esq. on September 15, 2011 7:02 AM

Cosmetic surgery deaths are on the rise, and it may have something to do with the lack of proper training.

As a result of doctors' ability to perform most procedures with a general medical license, a large number of non-specialized medical professionals are reportedly moving into the more lucrative field of cosmetic surgery.

Your face lift or liposuction procedure may be in the hands of an ophthalmologist, pediatrician, or even an oral surgeon.

If you are considering a cosmetic procedure, you need to understand the difference between a board certified plastic surgeon and a board certified cosmetic surgeon.

As the respected standard in medical specialization, the American Board of Medical Specialties only certifies plastic surgeons. A cosmetic surgeon may be certified by another board, but has not met the training and educational standards set by the ABMS.

Hospitals and out-patient facilities generally require a surgeon to be board certified by the ABMS before he or she may perform a surgical procedure.

Procedures that occur at health spas and in a doctor's own office either don't require specialization, or accept any form of certification. These spa and office-based procedures are where many cosmetic surgery deaths occur.

Offices may not use certified anesthesiologists, leading to improper drug dosing and resultant complications. Doctors who don't specialize in plastic surgery may also not have the skills necessary to make unique judgment calls, creating emergency situations.

Cosmetic surgery deaths can never be fully prevented, but they can be guarded against if you choose an certified plastic surgeon.

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