Is Your Cosmetic Surgeon Qualified? The Answer Isn’t As Simple As You Might Think

Posted By American Med Spa Association, Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Cosmetic procedures can be huge, life-changing decisions, and you want to make sure you’re in the hands of a knowledgeable, experienced professional who knows exactly what they’re doing. But imagine going under the knife with a surgeon who has no training in the procedure he’s performing. It’s a terrifying thought, but it’s surprisingly common.

A general surgeon can claim to be a plastic surgeon with minimal (if any) real experience or know-how of the specialized field. And it’s not illegal. We recently explored this phenomenon among dermatologists, and wanted to get the truth behind the trend among surgeons.

We asked Dr. Tracy Pfeifer, a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York, about the certifications a plastic surgeon should have, and what we should look out for when selecting a surgeon.
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