ASPS Warns of “White Coat Deception”

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) recently launched a media campaign highlighting the dangers of “white coat deception.”  In essence, white coat deception is the practice of physicians performing plastic and cosmetic surgery without board certification—and it’s legal in most states!  ABC News reports on the ASPS campaign, explaining that, “In 48 states it is currently legal in the United States for doctors who are not certified by the board of plastic surgeons to practice cosmetic and plastic surgery.”

The ABC article highlighted one woman who fell victim to this recent phenomenon.  “After going into surgery for a simple repair of her breast implants, Dinora Rodriguez, 40, awoke from the procedure to find that her plastic surgeon had left her with conjoined breasts…” reports ABC.  “Without her knowledge or permission, the surgeon had also nip/tucked her eyelids….”  The doctor in question was supposedly licensed in California to practice plastic surgery, but not “board certified” by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.  So, what is board certification and why is it important?  Read on to find out.

A Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

The American Board of Medical Specialties recognizes one—and only one—certifying body for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: the American Board of Plastic Surgery.  To call yourself a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, you must be officially recognized by this organization.  Board certified surgeons have demonstrated knowledge and experience above and beyond regular medical school.  This becomes especially important with complex surgeries like Breast Augmentation and Facelift Surgery.  In the end, always ask to see credentials before going under the knife—it’s your right to know!

Speak with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

To learn more about any of the services offered at out Long Island Plastic Surgery Offices, contact us today.  We are located in Huntington Station, serving the surrounding areas.  Schedule a consultation at (631) 424-6707.  We look forward to meeting with you.

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