Due to declining insurance reimbursements, doctors without certifications in plastic surgery are increasingly expanding their practices to include cosmetic procedures. Most are paid out-of-pocket by patients. According to certified plastic surgeons at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), this has left more patients dissatisfied with their procedures. Dissatisfied patients are seeking revisionary surgery to correct mistakes made by doctors inexperienced in plastic surgery.
Doctors do not need certification to practice cosmetic surgery
Cosmetic surgeons often offer free revisions to patients who are unsatisfied after a procedure. However, many dissatisfied patients are understandably hesitant to return to the same doctor. In those situations, a revisionary cosmetic surgery procedure is ultimately an additional expense for patients who are forced to seek the services of different doctor.
The decision to undergo cosmetic surgery is a serious emotional undertaking as well as a major financial investment. With more doctors performing cosmetic surgery without specialized training, it is more important than ever to ensure your doctor has the appropriate experience and credentials. Although California does not prevent doctors from practicing outside their specialty, doctors must be specific in their advertising regarding what specialty board certifications they have earned.
There are many resources available online that can aid individuals contemplating cosmetic surgery and registering their complaints. For example, the Medical Board of California makes available guidance for consumers choosing a doctor, including information about doctors that have been disciplined by the Board. The American Board of Medical Specialties website can be consulted to learn if the doctor you are considering is actually board certified in cosmetic surgery.
Patients seriously injured by incompetent doctors may want to consider contacting a personal injury attorney to sue for damages.