September 12, 2013 – We always stress the importance of only trusting your body to experienced, board-certified cosmetic surgeons and dermatologists. We also stress that while cosmetic surgery can be expensive sometimes, offers of bargain rate cosmetic surgery procedures may cost more in the long run. Revision surgery or even health issues can sometimes be the result of inexperienced or unlicensed practitioners performing cosmetic procedures. To help you steer clear of facilities or practitioners who might not be qualified to give you the best care, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) newsletter published a few questions you should ask before getting treatment at a medical spa or other non-surgical facility.

Some of the common cosmetic surgery procedures being offered at medical spas include Botox injections, chemical peels and laser hair removal. You may think they are minimally-invasive and carry little risk, but that’s only true if the person performing those procedures has the proper training. Some questions to ask before you have any treatment at a medical spa are listed below.

1) Is the person performing the procedure board-certified in that area of cosmetic surgery practice and does he or she have experience with the products being used? Don’t be afraid to ask to see credentials.

2) If the procedure is minimally-invasive and being done by a physician’s assistant or nurse, will there be a board-certified cosmetic surgeon present and supervising the procedure?

3) Does the cosmetic surgeon in charge have privileges at a nearby hospital in case unexpected complications should require you to be taken to a better equipped medical facility?

4) Will there be a board-certified cosmetic surgeon available for questions or after-care once your procedure is complete?

Tomorrow we’ll go over some of the questions you should ask concerning the products being used for cosmetic procedures and what realistic expectations you should have for cosmetic surgery results.

[tags]Medical Spa, Cosmetic Surgery, Botox[/tags]