Would you book an appointment with a plastic surgeon with malpractice charges?
About that plastic surgeon…hold onto your breasts everyone, we have some disturbing news that you need to hear about plastic surgeons with malpractice charges. Sun Sentinel released an article in October Florida lets plastic surgeons with malpractice charges keep treating patients.
I know you are probably thinking…
“Not my plastic surgeon.”
“Cheryl said he was highly recommended though.”
“I would know if my plastic surgeon was bad!”
Well, here is your wake up call, you can’t always trust Florida laws or your friends to weed out the bad surgeons for you. In this day and age, it is up YOU to throw on your research gloves and get out there and do it yourself.
To give you an idea of just how bad things get, check out some of these statistics the Sun Sentinel investigation uncovered..
— State law says prosecutors for the Florida Department of Health should decide whether to charge a doctor within six months of a complaint being filed. But on average, they take more than twice as long to file charges.
— State law empowers the department to ask the Florida Surgeon General to suspend the licenses of doctors while cases against them are prosecuted. The state rarely does.
— State law requires the health department to investigate doctors who settle three or more medical malpractice lawsuits for more than $50,000 each over a five-year period. The law has triggered 1,500 investigations in the past 10 years – but only seven led to discipline.
Now that you have hopefully been scared into paying attention, let’s make sure you have the knowledge to make sure this never happens to you. We sat down with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda and got his insight on everything you need to avoid a plastic surgery catastrophe.
Plastic Surgeon with Malpractice Charges Red Flags
The DO’s of Finding a Plastic Surgeon
- Research the doctor on the Internet! The Internet is your most valuable tool, check for malpractice and read reviews — from multiple websites!
- Talk to other patients, ask to see many before and after photos, etc. Seeing a surgeon’s work first hand is one of the best ways to know what to expect.
- If patients are wanting plastic surgery, they should only go to a plastic surgeon that is board certified in plastic surgery. Trust me, you won’t be laughed at if you ask for proof of their certification. This is your body. Do everything you possibly can to make sure it is treated right!
- Question everything. Never ever take a back seat to your own body. It’s better to look crazy and have great results then to keep quiet and have horrible ones. You ask EVERY single question you have and a good plastic surgeon will happily answer.
- Look around! Make sure the facility is AAAASF certified and is a fully accredited surgery center.
- Download our free eBook on painless breast implants.
The DON’Ts of Finding a Plastic Surgeon with malpractice charges
- Patients need to do their research which should not be limited to just getting a recommendation from a friend. I cannot stress this “DON’T” enough. Never, ever go on just friend recommendation alone!
- DON’T trust “board-certified cosmetic surgeons.” The buzzword here is COSMETIC. Surgeons who advertise themselves as “cosmetic surgeons” are NOT board certified plastic surgeons. They don’t have the same training and in some cases, almost no training in plastic surgery. In spite of doctors claiming to be “board certified cosmetic surgeons”, patients need to know there is no legitimate “board of cosmetic surgery”.
- DON’T rely on the state or laws to protect you. You are a fierce warrior and are in charge of this all on your own.
As Dr. Wigoda says,
“as crazy as it sounds, any doctor with a medical license, regardless of what their actual training was in, is legally allowed to perform cosmetic surgery. As a plastic surgeon, I can legally perform brain surgery in spite of having no experience or training. Once the damage is done, it’s too late. Patient’s need to do their own research.”
Questions? Contact Dr. Wigoda today for a free consultation.
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