David B. Reath, MD
Knoxville, TN (865) 450-9253

If you want plastic surgery, see a plastic surgeon.

American Society of Plastic Surgeons
You’ve heard me say this before, and you will probably hear me say this again:  If you are looking for plastic surgery, see a plastic surgeon — that is to say, a Board-certified plastic surgeon.  Although this sounds pretty obvious, it doesn’t always happen.

I saw a young woman in the office yesterday after she had liposuction by a family practitioner in another clinic.  She needed a tummy tuck instead of liposuction alone, and the liposuction was done poorly.  She is left with a deformed abdomen and had a terrible experience.  Plus she’s out a bunch of money and has nothing to show for it.  I could go on about what she went through, but that’s not my point.

As simple as the concept of seeing a plastic surgeon for plastic surgery is, who you are seeing is not always clear.  Plastic surgery wannabes promote that they are Board-certified (in dentistry or gynecology or family practice), that they have had adequate training (at a weekend course), and that plastic surgeons don’t do cosmetic work — only “cosmetic surgeons” do.  Nonsense!  And, they can advertise whatever they want because what they can say is not regulated.  Furthermore, a medical degree from the board of medicine allows you to do surgery even if you have no surgical training.

But it’s real simple, folks.  If you are going to have plastic surgery, go to an ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) member.  We are all Board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, which is the only board that certifies plastic surgeons.  Just remember these four letters: ASPS.

I know I speak passionately about this issue (that is to say, I get carried away), but it is an important one.  And I hate to see people mistreated because they weren’t seeing the right person.  You can check the link below for more on this.

Here’s looking at you,

David B.


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