If you don’t know already, it’s worth being very clear about this: DIY plastic surgery can end in disaster. We understand the temptation, sure. The do-it-yourself craze is popular for a reason: it saves time and, in some cases, gives you a bit more control over the outcome.
Avoid DIY Plastic Surgery
That’s fine when you’re refinishing your floor or installing a dishwasher—but the do-it-yourself approach to plastic surgery could lead to serious medical consequences. Basically, it can lead to injury or death. So if your best friend wants to get together and go get Botox in someone’s basement, the only sane answer is no.
I should also mention that this article is not intended to replace the opinion of a surgeon or doctor. The consequences of DIY plastic surgery are serious, and only a doctor can sufficiently explain them. However, the purpose of this little article is to get you thinking.
The Dangers of DIY Plastic Surgery
There’s no getting around the fact that DIY plastic surgery is dangerous. So why do people do it? There are a couple of reasons:
- Some people might think they’re getting a good deal—they want the results from a plastic surgery procedure but the price just isn’t working out for them. It’s an understandable motivation, but there’s just no getting around the fact that it isn’t worth the risk.
- They don’t know it’s DIY—There are, unfortunately, some unscrupulous people out there who will present themselves as plastic or cosmetic surgeons when they actually aren’t. It’s understandable that some patients have a hard time telling the difference between a reputable practitioner and one who is merely pretending to be reputable.
There are some very real dangers that DIY plastic surgery or cosmetic procedures can lead to. People who have undergone DIY Brazilian Butt Lift, for example, have been known to endure lifelong complications. Likewise, even DIY Botox (seems simple enough) can lead to permanent nerve damage if not injected properly.
Finding a Reputable Plastic or Cosmetic Surgeon
There are a few places that you can go to find reliable information about surgeons. First and foremost, you need to do your research. You should only be getting treatments from three or four sources: plastic surgeons, cosmetic surgeons, medical spas, and dermatology clinics (or other type of medical clinics).
Plastic surgeons are for procedure like Brazilian Butt Lift and tummy tucks. Medical spas are for Botox. The point is this: all of these institutions and people can be researched. You’ll have to spend a little bit of time on the net to find out more about your surgeon, but here are a few places to start:
- Any board certified plastic surgeon will be registered with his or her board. To find out if your plastic surgeon is truly certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, you can search the ASPS’s website for that particular surgeon. You can also see if that surgeon’s credentials are up to date.
- Check in on Realself. Now, Realself does not have a responsibility to filter out bad surgeons. But they do curate reviews. Reading a surgeon’s reviews on a plastic surgery social media website such as Realself is a great way to get a sense of the work of each plastic surgeon or cosmetic surgeon you encounter.
- Check with Licensing Boards: Now, most people don’t do this, but states will usually make it fairly easy to check whether a surgeon has a license or not. And you can usually do this online, although each state is usually different.
Look for Warning Signs
Most surgeons won’t be upset if you ask about their credentials. They’ll see it as, simply, another step in your due diligence. In fact, you can see resistance to divulging credentials as a possible warning signs. There are other warning signs you should be aware of as well:
- If a surgeon or medspa does not have a web presence
- If a plastic surgeon does not have proper credentials
- If a surgeon does not seen to match his or her online persona (that is, if he or she looks completely different than the pictures on the web)
- If a surgeon is not able to adequately answer all of your medical questions
Of course, some of these warning signs might indicate that a surgeon is having a bad day, not that he’s an imposter. One sure way to help you get good advice is to visit several different surgeons. In theory, their advice should be at least similar (even if specific techniques might change).
Most medical spas will be associated with a surgeon—so finding a medspa that’s associated with a board certified plastic surgeon can definitely make you feel more at ease.
Ultimately, you’ll want to do everything you can to avoid DIY plastic surgery or anything like it. Plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures always produce the best possible outcomes when they are performed somewhere clean and professional—by people with medical experience. DIY plastic surgery simply is not a good idea.
If you want to know more about having a procedure performed, contact a local cosmetic or plastic surgeon to find out how to get started in a reputable way!