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In light of a number of recent events in the media highlighting plastic surgery being performed by non-plastic surgeons – I felt that this would be an interesting topic to discuss. When choosing your surgeon, it is important to understand who they are, what they are actually trained in and if they are board-certified, and in that specialty.

      1. Is your doctor board-certified and in WHAT specialty?
        • Hopefully, your doctor is not only board-certified but also certified in the procedure you are undertaking.
        • We routinely hear about OB/GYNs, general surgeons, internal medicine doctors, family practice doctors, radiologists and even dentists performing body surgery.  Just because they are a great doctor, doesn’t mean they will be great in another specialty – especially one they aren’t trained in.
        • There are a number of “boards” that have been created that are not even recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties – different specialties have created these cleverly named “organizations” (such as American Board of Cosmetic Surgery) to help confuse the issue to the public.  To learn more about these patients, can visit the website – abms.org
        • Board Certified Plastic Surgeons have
          • a minimum of six years of surgical training in plastic surgery,
          • all have completed oral and written examinations
          • continue to pursue 50 hours a year of continuing education, with an important emphasis on patient safety.
          • None operate in a facility unless it is accredited for the rare occasion when there is a problem.
        • The problem stems from the fact that only four states (California, Florida, Louisiana, and Texas) have laws on the books requiring that physicians take steps to disclose the specifics of their medical background. In all other states, no such regulations exist. That leaves a pediatrician or a gastroenterologist, for example, free to cross over into the role of a plastic surgeon at will and without disclosure.
        • In MOST states – ANYONE with a medical license can perform cosmetic surgery – it is the responsibility of the patient to do their research before choosing a surgeon.
        • 40% of all liposuction procedures were performed by NON-plastic surgeons in 2010.
        • In July, an Arizona internist was convicted of second-degree murder and manslaughter after three patients died in his care, two after liposuction and the third after a botched fat-shaping procedure.
        • You can verify your doctor and degree of board certification at https://fsmb.org/
      2. How Much Training Has Your Doctor Had?
        Typical plastic surgeon training ranges from 5 – 7 years dedicated to patient selection and the acute, subacute and out-patient management of plastic surgical patients.  Many non-plastic surgeons will learn techniques over a weekend course and then begin to try these out on their patients – often at a very reduced cost.
      3. Does your surgeon have experience in the procedure you are considering?
      4. Does your surgeon have experience in successfully dealing with complications from the procedure you are considering?
        All procedures can have complications, and it is just as important to know that your doctor not only can do the procedure but also deal with unexpected complications.  Although a weekend course can help doctors understand what they need to do in “ideal” circumstances, they may not have the knowledge they need to handle more challenging circumstances.
      5. Can you talk to former patients and see representative photographs?
      6. Does your physician operate in a certified facility or hospital?
      7. Does your surgeon have “staff” privileges at a local hospital in their specialty?
        This signifies that they are licensed to perform medicine, and if there is an emergency, they can transfer you to more advanced care.
      8. Who is performing your anesthesia?
      9. Do you need to have overnight professional help? or stay in a hospital?
      10. Will your doctor tell you no?
        A surgeon knows how to operate, a good surgeon knows when to operate and a great surgeon knows when NOT to operate.

*The content in this blog is developed to spread the awareness towards plastic surgery. Our blog is not intended to serve as a replacement for an actual in-office consultation with Dr. Marin. As such, the information within this blog reflects the unique cases of our individual patients.

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TO OUR MARIN AESTHETICS PATIENTS:

In light of the state wide restrictions on non-essential businesses to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, we are rescheduling all of our elective appointments until the global circumstances improve. Our necessary post-operative appointments will be made, as needed, to address immediate surgical concerns such as suture removal and acute postoperative issues. All non-acute follow up appointments, fillers and Botox will need to be postponed until after the quarantine period mid April. Our office will reach out to all patients who need to be rescheduled.

We will be offering new patient virtual consultations online and via Skype that can be scheduled through our website or by emailing info@marinaesthetics.com. Also, we will offer follow-up appointments in the same manner to help manage our patients’ concerns while still respecting the need for social distancing.

We appreciate all of your understanding during these difficult times for all of us.

Stay safe,

Dr. Main and the Marin Aesthetics Team