Posted March 26, 2014 in Blog
Everyone loves a great deal. But a great deal on something as important as a long-desired cosmetic procedure should be carefully examined. When evaluating whether or not that cosmetic special rate is really a good option, it is critical that you take the provider’s credentials and experience into consideration. Your safety and appearance may depend on it!
Here at the Plastic Surgery Centre of Atlanta we will occasionally offer specials on cosmetic procedures. As qualified professionals dedicated to the well-being of our clients, we want to be able to make our procedures accessible and affordable. However, not everyone offering a cosmetic special has your best interest in mind.
Here are a few things you should consider:
For non-surgical deals, look carefully into who is administering the treatment.
Many of the cosmetic specials advertised focus on skincare or non-surgical procedures. Just because the procedure is cosmetic and not surgical doesn’t mean the practitioner’s credentials are less important. To ensure your health and safety, you need to make sure the medical professional administering the treatment is working in their area of expertise. If the person performing your procedure can’t prove that they have proper training and experience, we recommend passing on the offer.
Treatments like BOTOX® are often injected by aestheticians or professionals other than plastic surgeons, but not all of these individuals receive the same level of training. Properly trained providers know how to administer injectables correctly and artfully, spot adverse reactions, and to suggest alternate procedures that may be better suited to your skin’s needs. This is why our medical aestheticians are all highly credentialed and have had rigorous training in analyzing skin and diagnosing skin-related problems. They are medically trained and supervised by Dr. Brothers.
Before considering any surgical special, check that the plastic surgeon is board certified.
Make sure any plastic surgeon you’re considering is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Board certified plastic surgeons undergo different training than physicians in other disciplines, and are required to be involved in continuing education, ensuring they are up-to-date with the newest information and best practices.
Ask yourself, are the savings worth the risk?
By opting for a low-cost procedure from someone who is not properly trained and experienced, you increase the chances of mistakes being made. If that happens, it is going to cost you a lot more to fix it. So is it worth it to compromise your own health and safety by using an under-qualified professional? Definitely not.
It’s important to take any cosmetic procedure seriously and weigh the benefits and the risks. Your rule of thumb should be: find qualified providers first, and look for discounts second. The good news is that many qualified physicians have seasonal specials and patient financing: we offer periodic discounts and payment plans to increase accessibility to our procedures. If you are interested in a cosmetic procedure, contact us to discuss before opting for potentially risky discount surgery.