Plastic surgery is a growing business both in the United States and abroad. Even though cosmetic-enhancement surgeries can only be performed within the confines of a plastic surgeon’s office, non-invasive procedures, such as the injection of fillers, can theoretically be done anywhere. In fact, the demand for injectable fillers is so high that some general practitioners, OB/GYNs and even dentists have started to offer them.
But is it a good idea to receive injectables from anyone other than a licensed plastic surgeon? The answer, not surprisingly, is no.
Taking time out of your schedule to go to the doctor can be a huge hassle. It certainly can be convenient to have your family doctor or dentist inject you with fillers during your regularly scheduled appointment, rather than taking a whole separate trip to go see a plastic surgeon.
But how much sense does that really make? After all, you wouldn’t have your family doctor fill a cavity in your tooth, just as you wouldn’t ask your dentist to examine a rash on your leg. So why would you trust anyone who isn’t a plastic surgeon to perform a cosmetic surgery procedure?
Plastic surgeons and their nurses spend years learning the ins and outs of their craft. This highly specialized training is what allows them to perform potentially dangerous procedures and gives them the expertise to handle potential complications.
The trouble with receiving injectable fillers from medical professionals that aren’t plastic surgeons is that they don’t have this same degree of training. Oftentimes, general practitioners, OB/GYNs and dentists who offer injectables have gone through an abbreviated training course, sometimes only over the course of a single weekend.
Even though fillers aren’t particularly hard to inject, there are a number of potential complications that can arise. For starters, if too much of the filler is injected, your skin could become puffy and uneven, leaving you looking worse than you did before the procedure. But it’s not just your appearance that’s at stake. If the person injecting the filler isn’t an expert plastic surgeon, you could run a higher risk of developing a life-threatening infection. It’s not worth risking your life to get rid of a few wrinkles, is it?
The bottom line: Don’t receive plastic surgery procedures from anyone who isn’t a licensed plastic surgeon. And before undergoing any kind of cosmetic enhancement, do your homework and make sure that you choose the right doctor.
If you or someone you know would like to learn more about plastic surgery, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!