How To Spot Fraudulent Plastic Surgeons

Plastic surgery is no longer resorted to only by movie stars or celebrities. Even the ordinary Jane and Joe have access to these procedures, be it for reconstructive or aesthetic purpose. The success of plastic surgery procedures is heavily dependent on the skill and experience of the surgeons. It is not uncommon to hear of horror stories of people who underwent simple surgeries like a rhinoplasty or a partial face-lift but were left with horrid results, many of which were permanent. Plastic surgery for these people was so traumatic that it caused more harm than good and caused their lives to go haywire. Picking the right plastic surgeon and gleaning out the 'quacks' from the professional is something that requires application of simple common sense and plenty of research.

Plastic surgeries can be expensive. Setting a budget and finding the plastic surgeon who can deliver the best results within the set budget is the first step of the challenge. With plastic surgeries being so lucrative, it is little wonder why there are several fly-by-night plastic surgery clinics on every nook and corner these days. Many of these clinics are run by shady doctors who are hardly qualified to pluck eyebrows let alone perform a face lift procedure. In several cases they could even exhibit certificates and diplomas in mahogany cases in their waiting rooms, leading to the impression that they are highly qualified. Contrary to public perception the 'quack' could operate even from the swankiest of offices. So how could the unsuspecting customer pick out the true blue professional from the fraud?

The answer is research. Research needs to be supplemented by enquiries among friends and other acquaintances. Getting a plastic surgeon through the referral route also helps the potential customer to get a live first-hand account of their experience. The research process must be an amalgam of internet search engines, interviews and even physical scouting of locations. The qualifications advertised by the surgeon can also be investigated. A potential client can log on to the website of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and check if the surgeon is registered with them or otherwise. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons also provides an online portal for potential plastic surgery candidates to check whether the credentials of the surgeon are authentic or fake.

While deciding on the procedure that needs to be done, the patient needs to thoroughly understand the pros and cons of the procedure and also set realistic expectations. Every surgery, no matter how uncomplicated, has its share of possible complications. Research into every aspect of the surgery will allow the patient to arm himself with an array of questions that he can discuss with the surgeon before the procedure. Again it is important that the patient does not sign on the dotted line with any surgeon until he is perfectly clear in his mind about his skill, experience and credentials. The first consultation must be treated more as an extension of the research phase.

Lastly, it is important that one goes by intuition and listens to the gut. If something doesn't quite feel right, it probably isn't. The surgery must be ultimately performed by a surgeon who should be able to put the patient at ease and inspire confidence. The bottom line is that the patient must be convinced completely about the skill and expertise of the person performing the procedure.