The Importance of Patient Safety in Plastic Surgery
Every year, more stories come out about patient deaths during plastic surgery, especially when it comes to the increasingly popular Brazilian Butt Lift in Miami. This is virtually always the result of patients choosing an unsafe surgical practice and sometimes under-qualified surgeon because they were offered a lower price. Wouldn’t one think that going to a cosmetic surgical office in a strip mall is a mistake waiting to happen? Wouldn’t one expect that low prices would reflect their lack of commitment to training, expertise, and safety? Caveat emptor, let the buyer beware, couldn’t ring truer!
Although we cannot guarantee 100% surgical improvement, you can be sure that by choosing Berman Plastic Surgery and Spa for your cosmetic needs, your overall safety is goal number one! But, if you are not in the south Florida area and are not able to choose our office for your cosmetic surgery care, we want to help you ensure your safety with a few very important safety aspects that we promote at Berman Plastic Surgery.
The desire for plastic surgery continues to grow, and with it, an increasing number of physicians want to take advantage of this. Many individuals are unaware that even if a cosmetic doctor can legally practice plastic surgery, they do not necessarily have the appropriate education, training, or credentials to be doing so. The only way to know for sure that your surgeon is qualified to perform your procedure is to see if they are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. To become a board certified cosmetic or plastic surgeon, candidates must undergo extensive, specialized training, undergo rigorous testing, and continue to demonstrate safe and ethical plastic surgery practice to maintain their status. Plastic surgeons who have become board certified are proud of this accomplishment and should be happy to present you with evidence! Look for certification logos on their website. Plastic surgeons work hard to display their training, credentialing, and logo boasting. Look for board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the “circle by certification” by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the “triangle of excellence” by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
Choosing a surgeon that practices in an accredited surgical center is extremely important to your safety. These free-standing facilities have to register with the state, have regular inspections, and a list of regulations and protocols for safety. Accredited surgical centers must monitor and report any cases of infection, complications, or other patient safety issues to the medical board and health department. Emergency protocols must be continuously practiced and updated, drugs, medication, and anesthesia are routinely checked for expiration and safe administration, and other safety standards must continuously be met at an accredited surgical center to continue to run and have state sanctioning. Because of this, accredited surgical centers show very low complication rates and even lower mortality rates. These centers know that big brother is watching!
The best way to ensure your safety when it comes to your plastic surgery procedure is to do your research first! Never choose your plastic surgeon based on price. It’s not shopping for a dress, a car, or a mortgage. Make sure they are board certified and practicing in an accredited surgical center. Don’t be afraid to ask questions during your consultation about your surgeon, their practice, and safety regulations they follow.
At Berman Plastic Surgery, Dr. Berman practices plastic surgery in his accredited surgical center with the latest technology and techniques. Dr. Berman is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and his team regularly reviews and practices emergency drills and safety regulations. With his dedication to patient safety, you can trust Dr. Berman for your plastic surgery needs in Boca Raton, FL.