In a recent article published by USA Today entitled “Cosmetic Surgery Laws Often Aren’t Enough,” patient safety has proven to be one of the biggest concerns regarding how and where cosmetic surgery is performed. Patients should schedule thorough consultations with their prospective surgeons, as well as research the location where their procedures would be performed. According to the article, more doctors are performing surgical procedures in-office or at medical spas using equipment that they may not be experienced with. It is extremely important to ensure your plastic surgeon is board certified and that comprehensive surgeries are performed in a licensed and accredited surgical facility.
In the article, a patient named Irma is left permanently disabled after a botched liposuction procedure by a doctor who used a liposuction machine at his medical office. The doctor was not adequately trained with the equipment, resulting in multiple post-surgery complications that required almost 27 additional surgeries to correct. After the procedure, she was rushed to a local hospital because the physician’s office did not have appropriate monitoring or patient care to treat the post-surgery complications.
Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Fernando Burstein understands the importance of board certification and the extensive training and skills required for a plastic surgeon. He recommends that all patients thoroughly research their potential surgeons and procedures to gain a better level of understanding and comfort before undergoing surgery. Patients should ask about certifications, organization memberships, and to see before and after photos of a prospective procedure to understand what results to expect.
Dr. Burstein is double board certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons (ABPS) and in otolaryngology. He is also an active member of the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons. Specializing in facial plastic surgery, Dr. Burstein performs both cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. He performs full surgical procedures at Northside Hospital, an accredited and licensed healthcare provider.