There has been a recent influx of noncertified doctors performing aesthetic procedures. “With changes in insurance reimbursement, the way doctors make money has shifted. More non-core doctors started performing cosmetic procedures and essentially, nothing is considered off limits,” says Las Vegas plastic surgeon Michael Edwards, MD.
“There are many unqualified doctors (even ones who have a medical license) who say they are board-certified and pass themselves off as plastic surgeons,” says Madison, WI, facial plastic surgeon Richard Parfitt, MD.
So what’s a patient to do? Their homework first and foremost. Verify that your doctor is board-certified, in good standing and qualified to perform the procedures that he or she claims they can do. It’s better to see a board-certified plastic surgeon because they are well-versed in the treatment and should something go wrong, they have a better understanding of how to treat it.
Follow these steps to make sure your doctor is properly certified:
- Make sure the person you are going to see is a board-certified doctor with the ABMS.
- Check your state’s medical board. This will provide information on your doctor’s license and any complaints against him.
- Confirm that your doctor has hospital privileges. All plastic surgeons should have hospital privileges, even if your procedure is not being performed in a hospital.
- Review the doctor’s training, credentials and how much experience he has. Check to see if they are affiliated with the main plastic surgery societies like ASPS or ASAPS.
Above article taken from Hot Topic from New Beauty article "Choosing Board-Certified: Why It Matters And How To Tell"
Dr. Olson is board certified and was board re-certified in 2003 and 2012. She is fellowship trained as an oculofacial plastic surgeon. Dr. Olson is a fellow of the prestigious American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) with fewer than 500 fellows nationwide. "Today's aesthetic surgeries and minimally invasive techniques can dramatically improve the way people look and feel about themselves." An Associate Clinical Professor at Yale University and past director of Yale Oculoplastic and Orbital Surgery, Dr. Olson has been in private proactice since 1992 specializing in performing aesthetic eyelid and facial injectables, lasers and surgery. As both an academic and practicing surgeon, Dr. Olson keeps abreast of the latest advancements in her field and personally treats all her patients.
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