Albanian Treatments Performed by Unlicensed Providers Underline the Importance of Working with Board Certified Physicians, says Dr. J

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The Beverly Hills-based plastic surgeon comments on a recent article that it’s important to check a doctor’s credentials and to be wary of so-called medical tourism.

Patients in foreign nations might not have the same level of protection as in the U.S.

All types of procedures require serious medical experience and it is always crucial to ensure that physicians performing procedures are board certified.

Facial rejuvenation treatments provided to young Albanians by unregulated providers have resulted in a number of very bad outcomes for patients in the Eastern European nation, according to a February 5 article on EurActiv.com. Dr. Payam Jarrah-Nejad, M.D., F.I.C.S., F.A.C.S., better known to his patients and colleagues as Dr. J, notes that the kind of problems some patients are experiencing in Albania are common to any situation where individuals are receiving procedures from practitioners who have not been properly licensed or thoroughly vetted. He adds that all types of procedures require serious medical experience and it is always crucial to ensure that physicians performing procedures are board certified.

Dr. J reminds people investigating procedures that, while plastic surgeries and other procedures have never been safer or more effective, they still require a great deal of medical skill and knowledge to perform properly. Moreover, when procedures are performed improperly, the results can be devastating. Aside from serious cosmetic issues, the 31 year-old woman in the Eur-Activ article was plagued with pain, some disfigurement, and suicidal thoughts. Dr. J adds that it’s therefore especially important to be wary of receiving procedures in foreign nations which may not always have sufficient protections in place. He notes that women and men who might be tempted by apparent lower costs for procedures performed outside the U.S. should be aware that, pain and heartache aside, the price of correcting botched procedures can be enormous – often many times the cost of a correctly performed procedure.

The Beverly Hills-based plastic surgeon also notes that, while many patients have heard the phrase, “board certified” they may not be fully aware of its true meaning. He notes board certification means that a doctor has met a highly rigorous series of criteria laid down by a highly respected medical organization. Dr. J notes that, in his own case, he is actually double board certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery, which means that his skills have been verified both in terms of performing plastic surgery as well as general surgery. He adds that this means patients can feel securing knowing that they are working with a truly well-rounded surgeon who is able to deal with a wide variety of medical contingencies that may sometimes arise.

Readers who would like to know more procedures offered by Dr. J can contact his office at 310-683-0200. They can also learn in more details about his abilities and qualifications via his web site.

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