Safety advice in aesthetic plastic surgery

The elements to take into account when planning a cosmetic procedure are results, quality and safety. The following article is prepared to educate potential clients in cosmetic surgery on how to select the right surgeon to achieve their goal.

1.  Any operation whose main objective is to improve the physical appearance of the human body, both aesthetically and functionally, is an artistic challenge for us plastic surgeons and must be a rewarding experience for the patient. All cosmetic procedures, minor or major, must be performed in accordance with certain standards established by local safety authorities. Once your goal is reached after the procedure, it brings emotional fulfilment and satisfaction to both the surgeon and the person seeking the procedure. However, the safety and health of the patient should be the top priority for your surgeon.

2. Find out about your surgeon’s academic profile and training in plastic / aesthetic plastic surgery and reconstructive surgery. It takes 6 to 8 years of formal training in burns, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery at an accredited postdoctoral institution before a doctor can qualify as a plastic surgeon. This would include a 3 to 5 year general surgery program and 3 years of burn training, aesthetic / aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. In the Philippines, few plastic surgeons have been trained and licensed by the local Association of Surgeons (College of Surgeons of the Philippines, Philippine Council of Plastics and Philippine Association of Plastic Reconstruction and Aesthetic Surgeons). Nowadays, there are still many doctors (even non-doctors), although they are certified by the council, but certainly not in plastic surgery, which performs the plastic surgery. Given the complexity of the field of plastic surgery, it is not enough for a doctor to spend only months or even a year of observation or training in a non-accredited institution.

3. A surgeon who has solid foundation in aesthetic / aesthetic plastic surgery should be able to judge if you are a good candidate for the surgery you are considering. He should be able to discuss with you all possible options and risks involved, and advise you on the most appropriate method to achieve the desired results. If there are less invasive or non-surgical procedures that can meet your needs, your surgeon should be aware of this and tell you the pros and cons.

4. Do not look for the cheapest doctor, do not be fooled by an unrealistic offer. Know the educational and academic profile of your surgeon. Take note of your offer if it is safe and accessible. You can ask each medical board about the authenticity of the specialty or the training of your surgeon. Finally, ask your friends and former patients for their references.

5. Your surgeon should be able to discuss all possible options with you. Do not hesitate to ask questions. A good plastic surgeon must be able to answer all your requests for the desired procedure. In this way, the surgeon can establish a relationship with his patients and create a comfortable environment.

6. Do not inject liquid silicone into the nose, breasts, or part of your body. The use of silicone oil injection has long been abandoned and condemned for its unpredictable consequences and complications, not to mention its side effects such as extrusion and infections.

7. Do not be tempted by new procedures, drugs, and prostheses without conducting long-term evidence-based studies of effectiveness, efficiency, and safety. Learn about use clearances by local and foreign regulatory bodies such as the US FDA, the Ministry of Health, and so on. Consider quality, safety and efficiency, not costs.

8. Determine whether your surgeon’s clinic or cosmetic center meets certain safety standards and has been certified by the local health department. Note however that some procedures are best performed in a hospital.

9. Check with your surgeon for affiliation or membership to a local plastic surgery organization that is recognized by both the local and international plastic surgeon organization. In the Philippines, only the Philippine Association of Plastic-Reconstructive and Aesthetic-Plastic Surgeons under the Philippine College of Surgeon is internationally recognized by other foreign plastic companies. This organization typically requires certain standards of education and expertise from its members.

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