How To Avoid Botched Surgery? Best Research Approach Explained By Surgeon

Oct 20, 2022

Did you know that cosmetic surgery became even more popular following the pandemic? It’s up by 10%! If you’re considering it too, make sure to do your due diligence first. Face Change Foundation will show you how!

How To Avoid Botched Surgery? Best Research Approach Explained By Surgeon

If you're a millennial (at least) you will remember a time when plastic surgery was a taboo subject. Sure, celebrities did it all the time - but not your next-door neighbor.

Times have changed though. Now, when you mention Botox, no one raises an eyebrow.

This joke, however, will get some eye-rolls!

But, while plastic surgery is no longer taboo, it is still a touchy subject - and I find it easier to broach these with a joke.

For actual advice on plastic surgery, or any other kind of surgery, you should turn to experts such as Dr. Harvey "Chip" Cole III, MD, FACS, Quadruple Board Certified Surgeon.

Known as "The Eye Guy" and founder of Face Change Foundation, Dr. Cole is providing you with the necessary knowledge to avoid botched surgery.

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Aware of all the bad advice that you'll find on the internet, Dr. Cole addresses some of the most common mistakes and covers the best practices when choosing a surgeon.

“Doing copious research on the procedure you’re interested in, as well as the doctor who will be doing it, is imperative,” explains Dr. Cole. “Armed with information, patients are far more likely to find happiness, rather than heartbreak, at the end of their self-improvement journey,” he adds.

Advocating for patients to make informed decisions about their health, Dr. Cole cites a scholarly article published in Orthopedics and Sports Medicine: Open Access Journal. He explains that while certain criteria - such as the surgeon's knowledge in the scope of their field - are objective, they can be difficult to quantify. And, though you may find the volume of procedures performed, social media ratings, and the surgeon's availability as good indicators of a surgeon's skills, you should know that these factors can be misleading.

As such, Dr. Cole recommends a different approach. Instead of taking information at face value, he advises you to do your own extensive research and assess the potential doctor by asking direct questions. You should also know that doctors recommended by insurance providers are not always the best, as those agencies are limited by their approved network.

Instead, Dr. Cole says that the best approach is to listen to the word of mouth and check the doctor's credentials. Along with getting recommendations from your friends and family, Dr. Cole cites nurses as a valuable source of intel when it comes to the doctor’s reputation and standing in the medical community. Unlike doctors in the same field, nurses are not motivated by personal rivalry and will provide an honest and professional assessment.

Further, Dr. Cole explains that you should look into the potential surgeon’s credentials, and recommends checking The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) database to make sure the doctor is board-certified in the relevant field. One important caveat though, certain organizations provide certificates without any training, performance, or knowledge requirements. So doctors just pay a fee and get the certificate. That's why it's important to research the board that issued the certificate.

Dr. Cole and Face Change Foundation hope to inspire you and everyone else considering surgery to take a more informed approach in the search for a medical practitioner. Face Change Foundation is a 501[c]3 organization whose proceeds aim to help victims of domestic violence, troubled teens, and victims of sexual assault.

Getting cosmetic surgery is a big decision - one you shouldn't be making on a whim. Make sure you get information from a trustworthy source. And you can trust Dr. Cole - he literally wrote a book about this stuff!

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