All prospect gynecomastia surgery patients should already know that this surgery is highly specialized and super rare with only 1.4% of all cosmetic surgery procedures being male breast reduction. It is no wonder why 65% of patients are unsatisfied and experience complications.
Board certification must be demanded. It is non-negotiable. This guide should be a great resource in choosing a surgeon.
All surgeons are NOT equal
Think about your career and how many people are actually good at what they do. Doctors are of no expectation to this 80/20% rule in which 20% of individuals are generally good at their talents while the remaining 80% are sub-par. This is why board certification and experience count in order to minimize the high risks of a bad result.
According to Dr. David H Song, president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), it takes a good seven to eight years to become board-certified. Most surgeons would love to skimp on this if they can successfully convince the general public of their skills and mask the reality of their background. This usually involves fake reviews and a bunch of “fluff” around their biography page. Sometimes the fluff is written well and contains the words “board certified” yet it is in a completely different disciple! Here are some common techniques that can be employed:
Beware of wrong board certification
Doctors don’t say which board did the certifying. A common fake board is to say that they are “board certified by the american board of cosmetics surgery”. Some boards give out a “certification” for a small fee. When seeking a plastic surgeon, don’t just take their word for anything. You need to be vigilant and verify everything yourself. This is an unregulated industry and scam artists are abound in this business.
Have you ever knowingly walked into a terrible restaurant such as Applebees and asked the waiter if the food here really is terrible? Chances are, they will look at you dumbfounded and go on to recommend certain items and such. Likewise, do not expect the staff members of the clinic to tell you the truth or bad-talk the doctors in question.
There are a lot of pseudo boards, someone can be board certified in internal medicine and still call himself cosmetic surgeon and still say that they’re a board certified cosmetic surgeon. Here is a perfect example from realself
Here they conveniently list that the doctors at this medspa are board-certified, which consumers will interpret as board-certified plastic surgeons.
But, look again! Here are the ACTUAL board certifications
So only 1 of the 3 advertised “Board Certified” Doctors are actual plastic surgeons. The other two are not even surgeons, let alone board certified plastic surgeons. The former is actually a Cardiologist yet still performs invasive cosmetic surgery!
Most non-certified plastic surgeons can only perform their procedures inside their office setting. They will often say this is for a convenience to the patient and saves costs. Little does the consumer realize that this office may not be accredited at all and the doctor has no hospital privileges where he is permitted to do cosmetic procedures. They MAY have hospital privileges, but for only their trained specialty which may be as a cardiologist, or ENT. Here are some things that an accredited facility does versus one that does not:
- They report all complications or infections to the medical board and health department.
- Emergency protocols for fires, disastrous weather and emergencies are in place.
- The physician’s license is not revoked or suspended.
- They meet industry’s best patient care standards for equipment, staffing and food.
- List your patient rights and responsibilities somewhere visible.
- Drug and medication expiration dates and supplies are not lapsed.
- Your surgeon’s peers monitor and review him or her continuously for quality assurance purposes.
- Anesthesia standards have been set and are only performed by licensed anesthesiologists.
- There are exceptionally low rates for serious complications and mortality.
Too many horror stories
Take a look on realself and filter any cosmetic procedure by “lowest rating” and the common theme here will usually be from a non-board certified plastic surgeon. Do not fall for medical tourism or cheap prices. Good doctors don’t need to rely on advertisements that arrive in your mailbox along with discount strawberry and steak fliers. AVOID AT ALL COSTS. Here are some stories from the internet:
Aiple, 31, had arranged to undergo a tummy tuck, liposuction, an upper eye lift, a chin tuck, lip filler, thigh lift and chest sculpting in Malaysia in 2014 through Gorgeous Getaways, a New Zealand-based medical travel agency. The procedures were performed at Beverly Wilshire Medical Centre in Kuala Lumpur. While he had complained of complications before leaving Malaysia, he was allowed to fly home. She later died.
The organization which set her up with a non certified surgeon in a non-certified clinic however is still up and running! Check it out and be sure to ask the right questions. I’m sure they will deny everything or simply say “risks are always involved” and “no patient is alike”. Good riddance.
Dr. Mario Alberto Diaz of Miami only has to pay a $10k fine and complete some hours of training! Meanwhile, the patient is permanently disabled.
The Florida Department of Health is familiar with Diaz, a convicted felon who went to federal prison for illegally selling pills online. He pleaded guilty in March 2006 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa.
That same clinic is still open for business and taking new clients and they have already had multiple deaths!