Study Shows Rise in Number of Unqualified Practitioners Offering Cosmetic Services like Liposuction and Botox

It is not surprising that, in a down economy, people will be doing anything they can to keep their business afloat and continue to make money. Understandably, fast food chains will jump on the “value menu” bandwagon or nail salons will begin to offer two for one pricing – but what is the beyond the realm of understanding is unqualified medical practitioners who are offering surgeries they have no training for. Unfortunately, this is exactly what has been happening in the world of cosmetic surgery procedures, namely liposuction and the administering of injections like Botox® and Dysport®.

In a recent study, published in the April issue of the Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery journal, researchers found that nearly 40 percent of doctors offering liposuction in the Southern California area had NO specific surgical training. In fact, other than plastic surgeons, dermatologists, otolaryngologists (head/ Neck surgeons), and Primary Care Physicians were the top four groups providing liposuction. The study examined 1876 cosmetic practitioners in the California test area, and only 495 of them were trained in plastic surgery!

So, how can people get away with this? Well first of all, there is no law that makes offering these services illegal because no actual training in surgery is required by law. Second of all, injections and liposuction can technically be performed in a practitioner’s office; therefore, hospital privileges (which are only given to legitimate, qualified doctors) are not an issue. What consumers are left with are untrained/ minimally trained practitioners offering surgical procedures in less than safe conditions just to see a bump in their paycheck.

Luckily, there are things that you, as a consumer, can do to protect yourself. First of all, be weary of misleading practice names that are not supported and backed by a real doctor. You have every right to ask about your practitioner’s qualifications, so make sure that you do so. You want to make sure when getting any cosmetic or surgical procedure that your physician is board certified in plastic surgery, and not just general surgery – specific training in plastic surgery is the key to the best and safest results.

For more information on Dr. Whiteman’s qualifications, visit the Southern Plastic Surgery website. Feel free to contact our office with any more questions you may have!

Male Breast Reduction Surgery Gains Popularity in England and the United States

For women, surgeries of the breasts have been among the most popular procedures in the plastic and cosmetic surgery world. In fact, breast augmentation surgery surpassed liposuction as the most popular plastic surgery procedure for the first time in 2008. But what may surprise you is that surgeries of the breasts are growing in popularity for male plastic surgery patients as well. More specifically, male breast reduction has become the fastest growing cosmetic surgery procedure in England and is gaining popularity in the US as well.

According to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, there was an 80 percent increase in the total number of male breast reduction surgeries from 2008 to 2009. And in the United States, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons estimated a total of 18,000 male breast reduction surgeries in 2008 alone.

The popularity of male breast reduction surgery may be explained by the fact gynecomastia, a condition marked by enlarged breasts in males, is more common than one may think. In fact, gynecomastia affects an estimated 40 to 60 percent of all men – ranging from teenage boys to professional athletes! The solution to this problem, or male breast reduction surgery, is a minimally invasive and very reliable procedure – undoubtedly another factor contributing to its increased popularity. The procedure involves liposuction of excess fat and the occasional removal of excess breast glandular tissue to reshape the natural contour of the male breast wall and takes only a little more than an hour to perform.

If you are a male who is suffering from gynecomastia or is unhappy with the look and shape of their chest, male breast reduction surgery can be a realistic solution. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Whiteman today or visit our website for more information.

Also, be sure to check out the March issue of Best Self magazine! Dr. Whiteman will be featured as an expert on male breast reduction and liposuction in the Men’s Health Section.