If you are planning on having a face lift, liposuction, a mommy makeover or some other type of Houston cosmetic surgery, be careful when you select the physician to perform the surgery. Very often, clinics that concentrate on high volume and low cost do not offer the kind of quality care that patients deserve. You could get poor results from your cosmetic surgery that you may have to endure for the rest of your life.
A good example of this is Elsie Soto, who was unable to move her legs after undergoing cosmetic surgery one year ago. She finally ended up in a hospital where she needed two blood transfusions. Soto’s story is typical. She decided to have liposuction and fat transfer surgery after seeing all the beautiful people on the beach in her town.
Soto chose her surgeon based on the $5,000 fee, which was more than 50 percent cheaper than the other cosmetic surgery specialists in her area. Due to the doctor’s negligence, she is now more than $50,000 out of pocket due to the extra hospital fees that her insurance would not cover. She was unable to work for three months and has chronic leg pain. Her advice is to skip the high-volume, inexpensive plastic surgery clinics and to find a qualified Houston cosmetic surgeon even if it costs more.
An attorney for the clinic in question, Strax Rejuvenation and Aesthetics Institute, said that Soto suffered a bruised sciatic nerve, which was a known potential risk with the type of surgery that Soto requested. The problem is that procedures that used to require long consultations with specialists and were performed in a hospital are now being set up by an interview with a salesperson. The surgery is done on an out-patient basis in an office. Ms. Soto says she is still in so much pain from her surgery that she cries herself to sleep.
One problem with this new high-pressure sales approach is that the patients are not screened for medical conditions that could complicate the procedure. Follow-up care is minimal, and patients are frequently convinced to undergo surgery that is not necessary or will not deliver the promised enhancement.
Cosmetic surgery has seen a tremendous boost recently. The number of procedures, ranging from Brazilian butt lifts to tummy tucks to Botox injections, has increased 77 percent. This is mostly due to the prevalence of cheap cosmetic surgery centers that have turned the decision to undergo a serious medical procedure into a one-size-fits-all menu-driven sales pitch. Sometimes, the physician who consults with patients is not even the one who operates on them or attends to their follow-up care. That is all handled by lesser surgeons who may have just received board certification and have little to no experience.
To get the best results from a Houston breast augmentation or any cosmetic surgery procedure, there are a few things you should do.
- Determine if the physician who will perform the procedure is a board-certified plastic surgeon.
- Make sure the doctor is licensed and has not had any disciplinary actions.
- Only use an AAAASF accredited surgery facility.
- Seek a recommendation from an AAAHC accredited organization.
- Ask for references from patients who have undergone similar procedures.
A botched operation can have the most dreadful complication of all. Patients who went in for a tummy tuck have died on the operating table. That sort of gross negligence is not likely to occur if you carefully select your cosmetic surgeon.
Having any type of cosmetic surgery is a big decision. Back up your plans with some due diligence. Do not be swayed by low prices and big promises. Only use a physician who works with an upstanding clinic or hospital that you can trust.