Research is a mandatory requirement for plastic surgery

January 23, 2012

Research is a mandatory requirement for plastic surgery
Research is a mandatory requirement for plastic surgery

When it comes to plastic surgery, patients may feel overwhelmed by the number of choices available to them. It can take some time to decide what type of procedure will help a patient obtain their desired result, but selecting the right surgeon to perform the surgery is the most important choice a patient will make.

According to The Chicago Tribune, many individuals are still seeking out doctors who are not qualified to perform plastic surgeries, despite the wealth of information and evidence that indicates the risk of such a decision. Unlicensed or inexperienced surgeons may help cut costs, but the dangers of going under the knife without researching the background of a doctor are insurmountable.

Many doctors who are not board-certified plastic surgeons are attempting to lure patients by offering cosmetic procedures. Qualified plastic surgeons are decrying this trend, as it puts patients at risk of serious health complications.

"You wouldn't go to your plastic surgeon to get your baby delivered or screened for cervical cancer or to get a Pap smear," a plastic surgeon from the University of Chicago told the news source. "It takes six years to be a board-certified plastic surgeon, and we learn the intricate anatomy of the face and nerves. ...We have more training and are in the best position to do these types of procedures."

In recent years, some obstetrics and gynecology clinics have begun to offer cosmetic procedures to women who have recently given birth. After delivering a baby, women will often be interested in tummy tucks, spider vein removal or other procedures in order to improve their post-birth appearance. While plastic surgery can certainly offer benefits to women following pregnancy, there are ethical questions surrounding OB-GYN doctors who go out of their way to offer plastic surgeries to their patients, rather than simply providing information upon request, according to the new source.

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) urges patients to never choose a doctor simply because they offer a lower price, and to thoroughly research the background of a surgeon before undergoing a procedure.

In addition to finding a trustworthy doctor, patients should look into the facility where the procedure will be performed to ensure that it offers the appropriate accommodations for patients. According to ASAPS, the facility should be an accredited office-based surgery facility or freestanding ambulatory surgery facility, or a hospital.

The mission of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) includes medical education, public education and patient advocacy. Plastic Surgery News Briefs are summaries of current stories found through various news and magazine outlets that relate to or mention plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. The views expressed in these news articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of ASAPS, but are merely published as an educational service to our members and the general public. For additional information on these subjects and other plastic surgery related topics, please go to

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