Any Cosmetic Surgery By A Non-Plastic Surgeon
Plastic surgery is REAL surgery.
To become a board-certified plastic surgeon, I had to not just graduate, but excel during four years of undergraduate and four years of medical school. Then, I had to get outstanding scores on my general medical board exams.
Next, I had to be accepted into a highly competitive general and plastic surgery residency program, where approximately one of our every three highly qualified candidates are allowed admission. After this, I completed a one-year advanced aesthetic surgery fellowship in Beverly Hills, California, administered by one of the top cosmetic plastic surgeons in Hollywood for the past thirty years.
Then I had to pass comprehensive written and oral board exams, maintain the highest level of professional integrity, continue hospital privileges in plastic surgery, and each year undergo continuing medical education and maintenance of certification in plastic surgery.
That’s a heck of a lot of training, education, and experience that is necessary for me to become and continue to be a board-certified plastic surgeon.
Compare this to cosmetic surgeons. A cosmetic surgeon must at minimum: graduate from a medical school, pass their general medical boards, and obtain a license to practice medicine. That is all that’s necessary to call yourself a bona-fide cosmetic surgeon.
Now, it’s true that some cosmetic surgeons complete residencies in fields such as family practice, emergency medicine, and obstetrics. Others complete a one-year cosmetic surgery fellowship. Still others just do the bare minimum listed above and then take a weekend course on how to perform breast augmentation or liposuction.
So unlike plastic surgery, there is no true standard of education and training in cosmetic surgery. That’s why you are taking a huge risk if you choose a “cosmetic surgeon” over a “plastic surgeon.”
Cosmetic surgery is truly the Wild West of Medicine.
You wouldn’t choose to have a gastroenterologist perform your open heart surgery, would you? Then why would you let a “cosmetic surgeon,” who could be an ER doc, family doc, or gynecologist, perform your plastic surgery?
That’s why Any Cosmetic Surgery Performed By A Non-Plastic Surgeon is on my Holistic Beauty Blacklist.
Note: This is based solely on the opinions of Dr. Youn, which do not necessarily reflect the opinions of all doctors or the standard of care in your area. Before you undergo any invasive cosmetic treatment, make sure you consult with a real board-certified plastic surgeon.