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by Blythe Thimsen


Statistically speaking, Americans are not afraid to go under the knife for a little nip, tuck or general sprucing up. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, in 2010, women had almost 8.6 million cosmetic procedures, a number that has increased 164 percent from 1997. Men are joining the trend, with over 750,000 cosmetic procedures in 2010, which is an 88 percent increase from 1997.


A Question Try as we may to be accepting of the fine


lines, gentle sagging and an occasional scar, more often than not, if the truth be told, we want to look fabulous. But at what cost? As the cosmetic beauty industry grows and there are increased options for surgeries and procedures, there are also increased options as to the places and people performing them, not all of which are qualified. While a licensed doctor can legally perform surgery, plastic surgery may not be in their scope of expertise, which can put patients at risk. In order to educate patients and ensure they


know the risks they are taking by choosing unqualified professionals or groups to perform their plastic or cosmetic surgery, a group of eleven local members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) have formed a cooperative. Their goal over the next three months is to educate patients in Spokane about the risks of selecting unqualified physicians and unaccredited facilities for a procedure. “Anyone who has a medical license can legally do whatever procedures they want in their own


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office; it’s perfectly legal but not necessarily ethical,” says Dr. Carol Hathaway, a board certified plastic surgeon, and a member of the local cooperative. “People don’t think of plastic surgery as real surgery, but it is. Complications can occur in any surgical procedure, and its important how you manage it. A couple of weekend courses isn’t comparable to being board certified.” For some people, plastic surgery is a choice


in order to enhance or improve their overall look, while other instances call for surgery to correct a medical condition. Whether for aesthetics or medical needs, it is essential that you select a qualified surgeon, specifically finding one who is board certified in plastic surgery. Think all doctors who do cosmetic surgery are board certified? Guess again. Many patients unknowingly have procedures performed by unqualified physicians in non- accredited facilities. How does this happen? According to a statement from the eleven local


Plastic


Surgery is HOT!


of Beauty


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