When it comes to exceptional, natural and safe plastic surgery, remember: you get what you pay for
By Stuart B. Kincaid, MD, FACS
In today’s economy, it’s no surprise that many plastic surgery patients are seeking out less expensive alternatives to traditional procedures. Savvy advertisers work hard to convince consumers that such alternatives not only exist, but are quick, easy and effective. However, when it comes to safe plastic surgery and natural-looking results, it is critical for patients to realize that the old adage is true: you get what you pay for. Ultimately, only a board-certified plastic surgeon possesses the extensive training, experience and nationally recognized approval to perform cosmetic plastic surgery procedures. If you or anyone you know is considering plastic surgery, make sure to find out if your surgeon is board certified before moving forward – and do the research necessary to ensure a safe and satisfactory experience.
The truth about plastic surgery “alternatives”
While there are many doctors and allied health professionals offering plastic surgery services to their patients, the simple fact is that not all medical training is created equal. Most practitioners who offer plastic surgery procedures on the side – or on the cheap — often lack significant training and discipline in those procedures, not to mention critical hospital privileges to treat patients in the event of an emergency. These days, in an attempt to capitalize on fees for cosmetic enhancement services, everyone from general practitioners to ENT specialists to OBGYNs to general surgeons have begun offering services like liposuction, tummy tuck, facelift and other facial procedures. Meanwhile, beauty salons and “medical spas” advertise Botox and laser treatments, while chain clinics in malls throughout the coutnry perform “simplified” facelifts for a fraction of the conventional price. But whether they are drawn in by the promise of ease, efficiency, affordability or all three, patients who choose these routes are putting their surgical results – and their safety – at high risk. Behind all the clever marketing, plastic surgery performed by anyone other than a board certified plastic surgeon can be misleading, impersonal, dangerous and frequently ineffective. To find out if your surgeon is certified, or to learn more about safe surgical standards, visit The American Board of Plastic Surgery, The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, or The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
Choose the gold standard: plastic surgery with a board-certified cosmetic plastic surgeon
On the surface, there may not seem to be much difference between plastic surgery performed at an inexpensive clinic and that performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon. Unfortunately, many patients fail to realize the critical distinction until it is too late. An uncertified surgeon may not meet with his patient until the day of the procedure, and then undertake the operation without a certified M.D. anesthesiologist on-hand to minimize pain and monitor the cosmetic patient for any necessary adjustments in treatment. On the other hand, a board-certified plastic surgeon begins each and every procedure with a personalized, one-on-one consultation in which he and his patient discuss all aspects of the proposed surgery. The patient and surgeon will become acquainted and comfortable with one another well in advance of the procedure, and the operation itself will be performed using the best medical technology and state-of-the-art anesthesia care. Furthermore, only board certified plastic surgeons are approved for hospital privileges – that is, the ability to treat a patient in the hospital if complications arise during a procedure. And finally, a board-certified plastic surgeon’s extensive medical training provides him with the necessary judgment and experience to achieve themost natural-looking surgical results for everything from facelifts to breast enhancements to tummy tuck surgery.
As a board-certified cosmetic plastic surgeon with over twenty-eight years of experience in the field, I know the difference between safe, successful plastic surgery and quick, temporary, inexpensive or “gimic” procedures. All too often, patients come into my office complaining of botched or superficial procedures that fail to stand the test of time. Don’t make the same mistake: instead, choose to invest in yourself, your health, your safety and your appearance by scheduling a complimentary consultation today. We welcome you to join our family of loyal clients who come to us from as far and wide as Las Vegas, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, the Inland Empire and right here in San Diego. For more information about our award-winning plastic surgery practice, contact our La Jolla office (858-450-4199) or our Temecula office (951-695-9934), or visit us online today at www.skincaidmd.com.
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