Knowing more instead of less regarding just about anything is probably for the best, especially when one’s personal health could be at risk. People need to understand that their personal opinions matter when it comes to the healthcare they receive and the surgical procedures that they agree to. The internet cannot make everyone an expert on matters as complicated as cosmetic surgery but it can certainly make them more informed about the procedures they are thinking about having performed upon them. There is a litany of questions that someone should have for a plastic surgeon who they are considering for any kind of procedure because anyone who is so blindly willing to trust just anyone could end up with some very unsatisfactory results.
This is a scary reality but any doctor of any kind is legally able to practice plastic surgery whether they are an orthodontist or a clinical psychologist. That does not mean that they would be immune to a nasty malpractice suit if they were to botch someone’s nose job but regardless, it is totally within the realm of possibility. So, it is important that anyone who is looking into finding a plastic surgeon to safeguard themselves by doing their own research and attending their consultations armed with a lot of questions that they need answers to. This process should be treated like a job interview where the interviewer is looking for answers to questions that inform them as to whether or not they want to hire someone to do a job right. They want to be confident that they are capable and competent more than anything else, but a lot of experience does not ever hurt either.
The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) is a governing body that provides some valuable checks and balances for the cosmetic surgery industry for those who work in it and those who seek assistance from outside of it. There are many specialties within the cosmetic surgery field and a lot of cosmetic surgeons who practice within the field who have a lot of experience in a specific area. The ABMS ensures that any of their certified surgeons have first of completed three to five years of general surgery training and another two to three years of direct work in plastic surgery. They usually have done a lot of research and spoken to a lot of other surgeons about their interests and their passions about their chosen field so they have a pretty good idea of what they want their specialty to be before they enter into their two to three-year plastic surgery program.
Some aspiring cosmetic surgeons may be specifically interested in face work so they do everything they can to train under a skilled facelift surgeon. Others would rather work in the medical spa industry where they work a lot with skin rejuvenation procedures and injectable dermal fillers and neurotoxins like Botox and Radiesse. It is not uncommon for surgeons to get their fill of one particular specialty after they have mastered it and want to move onto another. These are important things to know and details about a surgeon’s background that someone who is trusting their life to them should want to know and their surgical history is one of them. Just like any job that has any amount of nuance that is important to be intimately familiar with it; you pick up things along the way that you would otherwise not have been able to without building knowledge about an industry and being familiar with the small details that is the difference between someone being good at their job or just mediocre.
Medical spas have become more popular over the years and most often they are a hybrid between a beauty spa and a cosmetic surgery center. the cosmetic end of the spectrum usually include non-invasive procedures like Botox, Radiesse, fat autograft muscle injections and other facial and skin rejuvenation procedures. Many plastic surgeons decide after school and their plastic surgery residencies that they are better suited to focus on beauty techniques that do not involve surgery. Many times it is because they just do not feel completely confident or comfortable like they feel they should but they are perfectly comfortable with injectables and high-tech machinery used for things like, skin rejuvenation and laser hair removal. The technology part of this business can be really interesting to some and that is the reason why, more than anything else, that they choose to go the beauty spa route, so to speak.