Patients who choose to have cosmetic procedures in shopping malls, spas and walk-in clinics may be forgoing safety for convenience and bargain prices, experts have warned.
Dermatologists are urging patients to select qualified doctors when undergoing cosmetic surgery, as there are risks involved whenever uncertified practitioners offer treatments.
Dr Arielle Kauvar, clinical associate professor of dermatology at New York University School of Medicine, explained: "Today, many non-physicians are performing various cosmetic procedures outside their scope of training in spas, shopping malls and walk-in clinics.
"While these locations may offer convenience, the limited training and supervision of the person performing the procedure, and the equipment available to handle complications or medical emergencies, can jeopardise the health and appearance of the patient."
Recent reports have revealed an increase in the number of patients seeking treatment as a result of botched non-surgical cosmetic treatments performed in backstreet clinics and Dr Kauvar confirmed that she has seen many cases of cosmetic procedures which have gone wrong.
"These procedures were performed by non-physicians without appropriate physician supervision," she said.
However, the expert said that dermatologists have received extensive education and training and "safely perform thousands of cosmetic surgery procedures with excellent results for their patients".
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Cosmetic surgery news : 03/08/2007