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Is it common for a hospital based certified plastic surgeon to not provide before and after photos?
Is it common for a hospital based certified plastic surgeon to not provide before and after photos of facelift procedures due to hospital regulations regarding HIPAA rules? I have done my due diligence and am very comfortable with this doctor's background and experience but am concerned about the lack of before and after photos. Any recommendations?
Photographs taken in the course of treatment or cosmetic surgery are part of the medical records. They should be provided to the patient when requested.
Before & after" photographs can only be used for marketing purposes with the patient's specific consent. That includes showing them in a photo album at the doctor's office. For facelift procedures, this becomes a matter of privacy for many patients in ways that procedures on other parts of the body do not because their identity is revealed with pictures of the face. Essentially you are asking to see a portion of someone else's medical record and I would not be surprised that a doctor employed by a hospital would have such restrictions. In private practice we still have to get consent and many patients simply don't want to, regardless of how happy they are with their results.