3 Ways to Make Sure You Avoid A Plastic Surgery Nightmare

If you haven’t read about a plastic surgery nightmare, we are envious of you. We wouldn’t recommend looking too hard for pictures of such mishaps—they can be pretty grisly. But just to give you a little taste of what can happen, some of the recent plastic-surgery related headlines include, “Lip Job Did THIS To Me,” and “WATCH: Botched Surgery Leaves Woman With ‘Uniboob.’”

Of course, such headlines are wildly sensationalist. But there are real downsides to plastic surgery: it’s expensive, it may be addictive, and results can vary. If you’re considering an operation, though, there are ways to make sure you can get the best experience possible. Here are three ways, courtesy of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, to make sure you avoid a plastic surgery nightmare.

1. Get a certified plastic surgeon.

Doctors have to go through a lot to become a doctor. That is a good thing. The best plastic surgeons are no different: they are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a member of the American board of medical specialties. If you want to avoid a plastic surgery nightmare, make sure your doctor is certified by this board.

Do your homework on network and procedures.

2. Schedule a certified procedure

Medical products have to be pretty good to get through the United States Food and Drug Administration. That is a good thing. (Sensing a theme?) Make sure your medical procedure has been approved by the FDA, or you could pay the price. In particular, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons warns against the use of certain types of soft tissue fillers. Hydraulic acids, collagen, and calcium hydroxylapatite work great for the most part, says Dr. Anne Taylor, but “It’s highly personalized and individualized by surgeon and patient.” Make sure your procedure is right for you.

3. Make sure your doctor knows your procedure inside and out

No matter how good your doctor is, or how sound and medically regulated your procedure is, you still need to find the doctor who is right for you. Luckily, plenty of American Board of Plastic Surgery certified doctors are specialists, and they can take care of whatever FDA-approved procedure you might need. When it comes to avoiding a plastic surgery nightmare, there is one thing to remember: doctors aren’t the only ones who have to do some homework.

Last updated : 05.16.2017

Disclaimer: This content is for informational purposes only and it is not meant to be relied on as medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Consult your physician before starting any exercise or dietary program or taking any other action respecting your health. In case of a medical emergency, call 911.

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