Cosmetic surgery is risky business for the untrained

12/29/2011 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

As more doctors who are not board-certified plastic surgeons increasingly offer complicated cosmetic procedures, patients must be vigilant about ensuring doctors' credentials, experts say. "You wouldn't go to your plastic surgeon to get your baby delivered or screened for cervical cancer or to get a Pap smear," said ASPS member Dr. David Song, chief of the plastic surgery section at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Likewise, doctors who specialize in other fields, such as gynecology, might not have adequate training and experience to perform cosmetic procedures, he said.

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