By Dr SS Shirol
Consultant Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeon
lastic surgery has always piqued the interest of the general public due to the glamour associated with it. Many celebrities have cosmetic operations such as liposuction, breast implants, lip fillers, dimple creation, and so on, which keeps the field in the spotlight. On this World Plastic Surgery Day, let us know how to pick your plastic surgeon, as many unqualified ones end up botching up outcomes, causing significant problems, and even endangering patients’ lives.
Many spas and parlours have been accused of doing these procedures without the guidance of a qualified plastic surgeon in unsafe, unregistered, unhygienic conditions. People frequently choose cost over quality, resulting in a financial loss without the desired results. It is also unsafe to undergo these surgeries and procedures by anyone other than a plastic surgeon with a super speciality degree.
A few years ago, a person who underwent hair transplantation in a non-professional parlour lost part of the scalp skin as a result of severe infection and an unfavourable reaction. It was also aired on a couple of local television news channels.
Few even undergo procedures like dermabrasion and liposuction under these non-medical setups. Without the sterile environment required for any surgery, may end up with disasters and serious life-threatening complications. Many of these places are not equipped well to handle complications if they arise.
A qualified Plastic Surgeon is one who possesses a super speciality degree either M.Ch or D.N.B in plastic surgery. Anyone with a degree less than this is not a recognized plastic surgeon by MCI/NMC. Most of the qualified ones are members of APSI (Association of Plastic Surgeons of India). Board-certified/qualified surgeons are trained adequately to perform these complex surgeries safely.
Before opting out for elective plastic surgery, confirm that they are qualified enough, possess adequate experience, additional affiliations to IAAPS (Indian Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) for cosmetic surgeries, and fellowships. Choose a hospital/daycare centre well equipped to perform these surgeries safely, has trained staff and anaesthetists.
Safety and maintaining the privacy of the patients should be of the highest priority. People undergoing such procedures in parlours, spas etc have been reported to have some serious complications.
As a result, it is always best to select your plastic surgeon after thoroughly researching all of his or her credentials and selecting a safe place like a hospital, daycare clinic with good infrastructure.