January 18, 2018

Choosing a top-rated DC plastic surgeon can be difficult, but don’t be fooled by all the choices out there.

With the increasing demand for plastic surgery, there has also been an increase in doctors, dentists and cosmetic surgeons entering the field of plastic surgery despite lacking the experience of top-rated plastic surgeons. We hope this article will help you choose.

Many believe that due to the rapid rise in demand, regulations haven’t caught up to industry practices. After all, there are extremely strict standards for surgeons

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performing procedures such as joint replacement, yet there is virtually no oversight when it comes to cosmetic surgical procedures.

Questions are being raised about whether these procedures are properly supervised, as plastic surgeons are being called on to fix others’ shoddy work. There are countless examples of practitioners performing outside of their areas of expertise resulting in botched plastic surgeries and medical emergencies. You can read more about this subject here.

One Illinois woman, a mother of six, died after a complication arose during her surgery that her doctor was not prepared to handle. Prior to this incident, two of this doctor’s previous patients had been hospitalized with life threatening circumstances following their surgeries.

Some doctors, nurses or cosmetic surgeons will perform procedures at unlicensed facilities or spas- like the European Tanning Club in Michigan- where there have even been reports of lip injections resulting in extreme medical emergencies.

Not only are the practitioners who perform these procedures ill-equipped to handle emergencies, but patients who experience a botched or poorly performed surgery will face additional costs and additional surgical procedures. This points to the importance of finding a board certified top-rated DC plastic surgeon for your upcoming procedure.

Qualifications of a Plastic Surgeon

  • 4 years of medical school
  • 5 to 7 years of residency- varies by specialty
  • Top-rated plastic surgeons have been board-certified by The American Society for Plastic Surgeons and have privileges to perform surgical procedures in hospitals

Qualifications of a Cosmetic Surgeon

  • 4 years of medical school
  • Ranges from weekend courses to residency or fellowship that may focus on a surgical specialty- no requirements as no cosmetic residency exists
  • Cannot be board certified by The American Society for Plastic Surgeons

Qualifications of an MD

  • 4 years of medical school
  • 1 year of residency- varies by specialty but the specialt
    y is often not surgical
  • Cannot be board certified by The American Society for Plastic Surgeons

Drs. Bruno and Brown are both top-rated DC plastic surgeons and are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Additionally, both are members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, as well as the National Capital Society of Plastic Surgeons, among other certifications, memberships and awards.

If you’re considering plastic surgery, make sure to choose a top-rated DC plastic surgeon like Drs. Bruno and Brown.