Plastic surgery has become very popular in the United States, and for good reason. It presents people with a safe and effective way to enhance parts of their face and body they do not like. However, along with the rise in popularity that has come with safe and legal plastic surgery procedures, there has been a steady increase in the amount of underground and dangerous plastic surgeries that are being performed. These underground procedures are not only causing serious infections and complications, but are literally causing death.
A recent article that was released in September 2012 reveals just how dangerous underground plastic surgery has become. A Mississippi man, Morris “Tracey Lynn” Garner was charged with murder after allegedly injecting a woman’s buttocks with a silicone-like substance that caused so many complications that she died.
Sadly, occurrences like this have become all too common. In some cases, “underground doctors” have injected silicone tire glue or cement into their patient’s breasts, buttocks, and face to achieve a desired look. These dangerous techniques not only produce less than satisfactory results, but often times requires the patient to undergo several revision surgeries by a certified plastic surgeon to resolve their problem.
The rise of underground procedures can be attributed to the idea that some individuals can get the same procedure that they would get from a certified surgeon for a cheaper price. Although the cheaper price may seem like a bargain, there is no replacement for the certification and skill of an experienced plastic surgeon.
Underground practices may always exist. Therefore, if you want to ensure a safe and successful procedure, there are some key factors to consider when deciding on a qualified surgeon:
- Verify that the surgeon is certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). A medical degree means that the person is a doctor, but does not indicate that he/she is board certified in plastic surgery.
- Check to see if any medical malpractice lawsuits have been filed against the surgeon.
- Make sure the surgeon has accreditation privileges, in case complications occur after surgery.
If you are looking for a board certified plastic surgeon that has privileges to accredited facilities, feel free to contact our Plano plastic. Our dedication and experience will ensure that you will achieve safe and effective results. Please call (972) 620-1700 to schedule your consultation today.