With recent media attention on inexperienced doctors botching plastic surgery procedures, Dr. David M. Whiteman reminds patients that checking their surgeon’s experience, certifications, and credentials is imperative to minimize the risk of post-operative complications or permanent damage. He recommends that all patients conduct thorough research on prospective surgeons and procedures, ask questions, and view before and after photos. When it comes to patient safety and care, patients should not let discounts or trendy gimmicks be the deciding factor. Finding a trustworthy, board certified plastic surgeon should be the first step when choosing a procedure.
Why is board certification important?
Board certified plastic surgeons complete a minimum of 5 years of training following medical school, including a plastic surgery residency. The American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Medical Specialties are the two boards that grant certifications to physicians. Patients can check board certifications through reputable organizations like The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) or The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).
Do certain procedures have a higher complication risk?
Even with procedures that seem straight forward, it is still imperative to have a board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon perform them. Without the proper training, body contouring procedures like liposuction and buttock augmentation can produce safety issues and permanent damage. However, in addition to trained and experienced medical doctors, non-surgical procedures like cosmetic injectables can be performed by physician’s assistants, nurse practitioners, or registered nurses under a physician’s supervision.
Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C.
Dr. David Whiteman is a double board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon and member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He performs a variety of facial, breast, and body procedures at his Duluth practice, Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C.