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A recent report of the death of yet another American seeking cheap cosmetic surgery south of the border illustrates the ultimate price that people are imprudently willing to pay in order to potentially save money. Not everyone who undergoes plastic surgery in Mexico ends up dead or with disastrous results but I have surely seen countless patients over the years who have ended up permanently disfigured and scarred unnecessarily. Adding insult to injury, they often had to spend thousands and thousands of dollars more in attempts to correct their deformities. Many also were emotionally scarred from their experiences.

Is it really worth the risk to travel to a foreign country where rules, regulation and oversight are extremely lax, where the law is generally on the the practitioner’s side and you don’t really know what you are getting? Definitely not! Don’t go to Mexico or similar countries.

Plastic surgery should be taken seriously, whether you are considering a breast augmentation, tummy tuck, liposuction, facelift or any other procedure. This is your body and you do want the best possible results even though there are never any guarantees. Make you decision based on qualifications and reputation, not price, and confirm the information.

Many doctors who perform cosmetic surgery may mislead you into thinking that they are plastic surgeons when they are not. They may even claim to be board certified members of a cosmetic surgery board but this is essentially a marketing ploy to give them the appearance of legitimacy. Be wary.

For most cosmetic plastic surgery procedures, you should make sure that your doctor is either board certified or board eligible by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Being a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, which has strict ethical standards, is also important. These don’t guarantee an outcome but can surely assist you in making your decision. (I am both board certified by this board and a member of the plastic surgery society.)

If you have any questions regarding plastic surgery qualifications or any cosmetic surgery procedure such as breast enlargement, liposuction, tummy tucks or are interested in scheduling 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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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.

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