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AAD Offers Tips on Seeking Out Safe Cosmetic Procedures

Posted: September 28, 2009

The American Academy of Dermatology recently offered suggestions on what patients should look for when choosing where to have minimally invasive cosmetic performed.

Today, there are more ways than ever before to “get a little work done.” From skin fillers to fat reduction procedures, the options are endless for those looking to improve their appearance and boost their self-esteem. But with so many physicians and options from which to choose, consumers can be confused about where to start and who to trust to perform a cosmetic procedure.

At the American Academy of Dermatology’s Summer Academy Meeting 2009 in Boston, dermatologist C. William Hanke, MD, MPH, FAAD, clinical professor at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, offered advice to help patients determine if a cosmetic procedure is right for them, including questions to ask the physician to ensure a safe and effective result or outcome.

“The best advice I can offer consumers is not to be afraid to ask physicians direct questions about their credentials, training and patient results with any cosmetic procedure,” said Dr. Hanke. “If you are not satisfied with the answers to your questions or if a physician becomes defensive, then these are red flags and you should seek another opinion.”

To help consumers in choosing a qualified physician for a safe and effective cosmetic procedure, Dr. Hanke recommends the following:

  • Look for a physician who specializes in the cosmetic procedure. Dr. Hanke cautioned that no physician is an expert at every cosmetic procedure. For example, some physicians specialize in laser procedures or liposuction, so Dr. Hanke suggested that consumers look for physicians with particular expertise in the procedure they are considering. Ideally, patients should request to see “before and after” photos of a physician’s actual patients, rather than of another physician’s work.