May 14

The Ten Biggest Lies in Plastic Surgery – Lie #7

The Ten Biggest Lies in Plastic Surgery – Lie #7

by James D. McMahan, MD

Did you know that close to half of the advertisements that you see and hear for plastic surgery are from physicians that have no training at all in plastic surgery?

Sad, but true.  Regretfully, any physician who has earned a medical degree can call himself or herself a ‘plastic surgeon’ and perform cosmetic procedures on patients even though they have absolutely no formal training in the procedures that they are executing.

Many of them will further prey on the unsuspecting public and claim to be a ‘board certified plastic surgeon.’  Having board certification in another specialty and performing plastic surgery does not equate to being a board certified plastic surgeon.  Some will further their deceit by advertising that they have board certification is ‘cosmetic surgery.’  This just in, there is no legitimate ‘cosmetic surgery’ board that is recognized by The American Board of Medical Specialists.

To make sure that your surgeon in actually trained in plastic surgery, check him/her out on the web sites of The American Board of Plastic Surgery, The American Society for Plastic Surgery or The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.  

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