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It seems that rarely does a day go by now without there being some story about a hapless victim of reckless and fraudulent cosmetic surgery perpetrated by a greedy, poorly or non-trained physician who isn’t a plastic surgeon, by a non-physician medically related individual or even by an unlicensed, non-medical charlatan.

How about an insurance agent?

A massage therapist.

An illegal alien preying on vulnerable members of his/her immigrant community.

A wretchedly unscrupulous individual out to make a buck (or a killing!).

All of the above are true.

You may remember that just a few years ago here in Phoenix, Anthem in specific, an emergency room physician was convicted in the deaths of THREE of his patients on whom he had performed cosmetic surgery in his clinic (read full story). He was certified in internal medicine. His total training in cosmetic surgery consisted of 6 days of educational exposure with some “hands-on training” (whatever that means) in liposuction and breast augmentation.

In other words, the proverbial “weekend course”.

He did not do a plastic surgery or anesthesiology residency.

Slick marketing, an extravagant office and an MD or DO after your name can intentionally deceive many. Even worse, most of these unscrupulous individuals don’t even have these 2 letters after their names.

Of course, the deceptions don’t have to just involve surgical procedures. Many of the skincare or cosmetic clinics and spas that once were ubiquitous, provide substandard and ethically challenged treatments to unwary customers seeking to look better. Like using diluted or even outdated Botox® so that a person either pays for more units than received or is injected with ineffective product.

This doesn’t even address the incompetent or substandard administration of dermal fillers such as Juvederm®, Restylane® or Radiesse®. I have seen countless victims of this in my office over the years and they are not happy at all about their experiences.

As I noted in an earlier blog, Be Wary of Clinics Performing Cosmetic Procedures Including Dermal Fillers and Botox®:

Deciding where to seek cosmetic procedures is very important and should be taken seriously – and not just for a breast augmentation, tummy tuck, rhinoplasty or even liposuction – but also for injectables such as Juvederm®, Radiesse® and Botox®. Your decision should be based primarily on qualifications and reputation and then secondarily on price.

Your absolutely best chance to obtain the results that you are seeking is to obtain opinions and treatment from a reputable, well trained board certified Plastic Surgeon – an individual who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Both organizations have very rigid ethical standards BECAUSE patient care should be and is our number one priority. (Note – many dermatologists are also formally trained in non-surgical skin care treatments such as Botox®, dermal fillers and lasers.)

FYI (no surprise) – I am both board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and am a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons as well as the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

For information on our services or regarding any cosmetic surgery procedure that I perform or to schedule your consultation, please call my office at 480-451-3000.

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

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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.

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