Considering a cosmetic procedure?
Are you looking for ways to save some money?
Do you need a doctor who charges less so you can afford it?
The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons warns us on how risky it can be to go cheap for plastic surgical procedures.
An article in the Sydney Morning Herald by Melissa Davey sayd that it can be dangerous to go for a discounted rate. The problem is that most of those ‘surgeons’ who offer the special prices or discounts are not certified by the Plastic Surgeons Professional Body.
This is what the article says:
Cut-price cosmetic surgery a risk to patients
Dangerous cosmetic treatments are occurring daily, the head of Australia’s peak body for plastic surgeons says. He has called for procedures being carried out in risky environments to be outlawed.
Doctors have supported the call, with a senior research fellow from the University of Melbourne’s centre for health policy, programs and economics saying the patients that came forward to complain were just ”the tip of the iceberg”.
The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons was concerned breast augmentation, facelifts, liposuction, laser treatment and other surgeries and treatments were being done in non-medical facilities, its president, Hugh Bartholomeusz, said.
”It is too often being done by doctors who are not plastic surgeons and in non-accredited rooms,” Dr Bartholomeusz said.
”Patients don’t understand that Doctor X, operating in a plush-looking room, is an
extremely dangerous situation. Given the extent of this problem, the fact that people aren’t dying is by sheer good luck.”
Because there was no licensing or regulation stipulating cosmetic procedures could only be carried out in medical facilities, it was difficult to say how widespread the problem was, he said.
”There are no statistics kept about how often procedures are being carried out or causing harm in these facilities,” he said.
The University of Melbourne’s Marie Bismark said for every patient to complain, dozens more did not.
”The people who actually do come forward are the tip of the iceberg,” she said.
A doctor and lawyer, she said her research showed some patients felt pressured to undergo more procedures than they intended; were being asked to sign consent forms moments before their procedure; and complained surgery benefits had been oversold to them.
A fellow of the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery, John Flynn, said some doctors imported inferior products from overseas.
”Part of the reason the cost of procedures are so high here is because products and machines go through a stringent safety and quality testing process,” Dr Flynn said. ”Products at vastly discounted rates likely have not.”
Cosmetic Surgery can go wrong for anybody including celebrities. Jewel is the case of one famous woman who has attracted the attention of the world to her breasts because of a bad boob job.