Bad plastic surgery is not as common as it once was, but it does happen. Protect yourself by taking the following steps:
- Choose an accredited plastic surgeon.
Accreditation in Canada is by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. You can search for certified fellows on the Royal College Directory.
- Know the difference between a plastic and cosmetic surgeon.
The two are not synonyms. Plastic surgery residencies are much more in-depth than cosmetic surgery specializations. Someone who works specifically in plastic surgery will usually have a different skillset than someone who works generally in cosmetic enhancements.
3. Make sure your surgeon has access to an operating room. Even for outpatient procedures, the surgeon should be able to use an operating room in case anything goes wrong. 4. Know which specific procedures you need. This will help you find a surgeon with experience in exactly the kind of surgery you want. Surgeries with an experienced doctor are much safer. Also, knowing what surgeries you want can help you spot the shadier surgeons: they’re the ones pushing you to get more surgeries than the ones you’re requesting