Looking For A Plastic Surgeon? Make Sure You ‘Do Your Homework’

If you're interested in boosting your appearance and your confidence with cosmetic surgery, your search for a doctor might reveal a wide scale in pricing. As you consider your options, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons has a warning: "Do Your Homework."

The number of patients seeking help after botched plastic surgery procedures has risen in recent years, the ASPS reports. More unqualified people are offering treatment, says ASPS President Dr. Scot Glasberg. Their "Do Your Homework" patient safety campaign informs clients that not all doctors are qualified to perform cosmetic surgery.

"Sometimes patients will spend more time picking a color for a new car or deciding on a new car than actually investigating a surgeon that is actually taking your life into his or her hands, and that to me is frightening because it's your life. You can replace your car, but you can't replace your life," Glasberg said.

Their advice? Make sure the doctor is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery -- the only certifying body in the U.S. -- and that they operate in an accredited facility. Their Find a Surgeon page is a helpful way to find a board-certified doctor. And, here's a handy list of the rigorous qualifications to be an American Society of Plastic Surgeons member.

Nafsika Lourentzatos is sharing her story in the "Do Your Homework" patient safety campaign. She'd had silicone injections by unlicenced doctors as a lower-cost breast enhancement, and after years of dangerous complications, had to have both of her breast removed.

"Your body is the most important thing that you have. Doing research and finding out as much info as you can … is extremely important," Lourentzatos said. "The trauma, depression and sadness going through with this whole experience, I wouldn't even want my own worst enemy to going through it."

For breast surgery in New York City, you can trust board-certified ASPS Member Surgeon Dr. Matthew Schulman. To schedule a private consultation, contact Dr. Schulman online or by phone (212-289-1851).

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