Instagram has become a huge resource to find before and after pictures, behind the scenes photos, and more cosmetic surgery related posts. However, a recent study found that the vast majority of the top cosmetic surgery photos were not actually posted by board-certified cosmetic surgeons. Instead, the top posts when searching popular cosmetic surgery hashtags were by foreign surgeons, dermatologists, gynecologists, dentists, and other medical professionals not certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons.
While Instagram can be fun to browse, take care when thinking about calling a surgeon you found through it. Before contacting anyone directly through social media, take the time to:
- Research their qualifications
- Read reviews from patients
- View their before and after gallery on their website
- Find out how many years of experience they have
You wouldn’t visit your dermatologist for dental work, and you shouldn’t visit a general surgeon for a facelift. Do your research to make sure your surgeon is adequately qualified.
The Importance of Choosing Your Plastic Surgeon Carefully
The prevalence of plastic surgery and increasing societal acceptance of having these procedures done means that many people take the skill of plastic surgeons for granted, and don’t always realize exactly how complex plastic surgery procedures are. A facelift takes many years of training and experience to perform well, and even something as seemingly simple as Botox injections can cause terrible side effects if not performed properly.
Here at Associates in Plastic Surgery, all of our plastic surgeons are appropriately board-certified and have years of experience crafting natural looking results. Our accredited facilities are modern and clean, and we are up to date on the latest technological advancements and safest surgical techniques.
The Consequences of Price Shopping for Plastic Surgery
Often, people are tempted to price shop and visit the surgeon with the lowest cost or the best special deals. Many men and women will even make trips out of the country in order to have a procedure done at a lower price than available in America. Visiting a plastic surgeon in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, or another less developed country can have dire consequences, however.
Many foreign countries have looser regulations and less strict cleanliness standards. In addition, foreign plastic surgeons may not have had the same extent of training as surgeons in America. There are too many accounts of patients who visited a foreign surgeon in order to pay less ending up with severe infections, complications, and even disfiguration or death.
Some of the disadvantages of visiting an inexperienced or unqualified surgeon include:
- You will often end up having to pay more to fix mistakes that wouldn't have happened with a qualified surgeon
- The surgeon may not know what to do if a complication occurs
- The surgeon may not know the best techniques, and will leave you looking unnatural
- The surgeon may not be available for after-care
- If the surgeon is in another country, he or she won’t be able to check that you’re healing properly
It is entirely possible to end up with severe disfiguration that requires extensive, complicated, and expensive revision surgery. It is also possible to end up with irreversible disfiguration. In the worst case scenario, you may end up dead, either from complications on the operating table or from infection following your surgery.
This is why it is so important to do your research and only visit board-certified, experienced plastic surgeons. Check reviews from other patients, look at their before and after gallery, and ask questions during your consultation.
Schedule Your Plastic Surgery Consultation
If you have been thinking about having cosmetic surgery done, contact Associates in Plastic Surgery at 800-860-1435 today to schedule your initial consultation. We offer financing plans to help our patients afford the surgery they want, because we want to make sure everyone has access to quality care and results.
We serve patients in Staten Island, New York as well as Edison, Marlboro, and Warren, New Jersey.