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In several previous posts including most recently Buyer Beware When It Comes to Selecting A Doctor to Perform Your Plastic Surgery, I have emphatically stressed the importance of seeking a well qualified board certified plastic surgeon for your plastic surgery needs. This is true not only for cosmetic surgery procedures such as breast augmentation, tummy tucks and facelifts but also for non-surgical ones like Botox® and Dysport® injections and dermal fillers such as Juvederm®, Restylane® and Radiesse® to enhance facial volume and address deep creases and wrinkles. (Note: There are many well trained and skilled dermatologists who also offer these injectables.)

It may seem rather obvious to you as to why you would want to have your cosmetic surgery performed by someone who is well trained and board certified in plastic surgery. Unfortunately, I have seen countless, otherwise intelligent patients over the years who knowingly sought care from poorly “trained” health care providers that often unscrupulously portrayed themselves as either plastic surgeons or an “equivalent” and ended up with either substandard  or even disastrous outcomes.

Even with injectable agents, training, experience as well as ethics matter. There are individuals in virtually every area of the health care industry offering Botox®, Juvederm®, Restylane® and other dermal fillers such as anesthesiologists, obstetricians and gynecologists, internists, family practitioners, nurses, dentists, naturopaths and other “para-professionals”. A weekend course is not enough to provide one with the aesthetic foundation, nuances, skills, experiences, etc. that would be a requisite for safe and appropriate outcomes.

The following patient who I saw exemplifies this problem. (She was very happy to share this experience with others so that they might be able to avoid the situation that she has found herself in.) She was unhappy with some grooves below her lower eyelids (called naso-jugal grooves) that were making her look old. There was no excess skin or fat bags. While living in California, an experienced plastic surgeon skillfully treated them with Restylane® resulting in an excellent outcome.

After moving here, a friend recommended that she use her person who wasn’t a doctor of any kind or even a nurse – but did offer injectable treatments. This provider not only injected the absolutely wrong material but also did it unskillfully and in the wrong location – and precipitated significant bleeding.

Eyelid bags and swelling created by inappropriate and unskilled injection of dermal filler into lower eyelids

Left lower eyelid bag resulting from dermal filler injection

Rights lower eyelid bag resulting from dermal filler injection

A trifecta of incompetence!

This unfortunate patient now has extremely prominent injectable created bags and distortions where there were none before. Making matters worse is that this is not a correctable situation. Hopefully with time, the injected material will dissipate and there will be no permanent long term deformities.

So, the next time that you are considering cosmetic plastic surgery, Botox® for your wrinkles or even treatment of the creases and grooves of your face with dermal fillers, think “Plastic Surgeon”.

If you would like information on any cosmetic plastic surgery procedure that I perform or to schedule a complimentary consultation with me, please call my office at 480-451-3000.

Steven H. Turkeltaub, M.D. P.C.
Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona

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A Message Regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19

In light of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to let you know of some of the major precautions we are taking in our office to maximize cleanliness and keep the environment as sanitary and safe as possible. Our highest priority is always to ensure the safety of every individual who sees us and we are taking extreme infection-control measures to maintain cleanliness and “sterility” of surfaces and the overall environment.

We will be limiting dates and times for office appointments and consultations due to safety and other issues. Consequently, if you have already made an office appointment or consultation prior to March 18, 2020 to occur at a later time, this may need to be changed.

For anyone considering plastic surgery, we are now offering Virtual Consultations and Telemedicine through Skype. A great number of aesthetic or insurance-related issues can be evaluated via pictures and online video conferencing, making this an excellent way to find out more about particular procedures, determine candidacy for treatment, receive answers to questions and facilitate being able to move forward with care once the government lifts all restrictions.

In an abundance of caution, we are asking all current patients who are experiencing a fever, cough, chills, fatigue or any type of respiratory illness to please delay any upcoming appointments at our practice. We can talk with you by phone or email to establish a new date and time for the appointment.

We are all in this together. Our team urges everyone to follow the guidelines recommended by local health authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which include frequent handwashing for a minimum of 20 seconds, social distancing, staying home if you are feeling sick, and contacting your healthcare provider if you feel you are experiencing symptoms.

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