Your dreams of the perfect nose, chiseled jawline, or plump lips could turn into a nightmare if you hop on a plane for discount cosmetic surgery, warns The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). (Um, do we have your attention?!)
Once used to correct facial aging, facial procedures are about looking better. That’s why the threshold for getting plastic surgery is getting younger and younger. Last year, 64% of member facial plastic surgeons saw an increase in cosmetic surgery or injectable treatments in patients under age 30, revealed the 2016 AAFPRS annual survey.
And with that comes risks of not choosing the right cosmetic surgeon. AAFPRS members notice that more patients are coming to them with botched procedures done internationally. Prospective patients may head overseas to save money or get non FDA-approved injectables, which can also be downright dangerous.
It’s high-risk with potentially very low reward. You can’t verify the doctor’s credentials or clinic’s safety properly without first going in person. Their standard of care might not comply with those required in the United States. Plus, your health insurance may also not cover you for these procedures abroad should something go wrong.
“It’s in a patient’s best interest to find a qualified, trained, and experienced surgeon,” says Dr. Edwin Williams, president of the AAFPRS. The AAFPRS urges consumers to select a board-certified surgeon who specializes in plastic surgery of the face, head and neck. Patients should also visit the website for the International Federation of Facial Plastic Surgery which lists member societies of facial plastic surgeons from various countries around the world.
The bottom line? “Trust your face to a facial plastic surgeon,” says the AAFPRS. You’ll come out looking gorgeous—and stay safe and healthy in the process. That’s a win-win.
Research surgeons and procedural information at www.aafprs.org before scheduling your surgery. For more information or to be connected with a member of the AAFPRS, contact KELZ PR—Patty Mathews (firstname.lastname@example.org).