More and more patients in the United States are getting substandard, and sometimes dangerous, plastic surgery treatments because non-board-certified practitioners are aggressively marketing themselves online, especially through social media, said Dr. Benjamin Stong.
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) September 12, 2017
Atlanta facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Benjamin Stong, reports being concerned by the increasingly aggressive online marketing being conducted by practitioners without proper board certification, as well as with the increasing number of botched plastic surgery procedures ending up in his office.
“More and more patients in the United States are getting substandard, and sometimes dangerous, plastic surgery treatments because non-board-certified practitioners are aggressively marketing themselves online, especially through social media,” said Dr. Benjamin Stong. “And we are seeing more of these patients coming into our office to make things right, which fortunately we are often able to do.”
Dr. Stong’s experience is in keeping with a study from Northwestern Medicine published last week in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal showing that 83% of those advertising plastic surgery services on social media platforms are in fact not board-certified plastic surgeons.
The study reported that “some of the top posts on Instagram came from dentists, spas and even a hair salon.” Additionally, they found that the largest number of posts came from foreign surgeons and the next largest “came from doctors such as dermatologists, gynecologists and general surgeons who were not certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery, the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.”
“Being operated on or treated by individuals without the right training can mean increased and unnecessary risk, pain, public humiliation, time away from work, lawsuits, cost, not to mention more infections, scarring, and need to take prescription medications,” said Stong. “And of course, we also see that there are even fatal consequences of being operated on by individuals who have no certifications to be performing these surgeries in the first place.”
Dr. Stong urges those considering facial plastic surgery or cosmetic surgery to take their due diligence very seriously. To find qualified surgeons in their area people can visit the websites of the American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, or the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
About Dr. Benjamin Stong:
Dr. Benjamin Stong is dual board certified in Head and Neck Surgery and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is the owner of Kalos Facial Plastic Surgery, LLC in Atlanta, GA. He completed his fellowship under one of the most nationally renowned plastic surgeons, Dr. Andrew Jacono in New York. Dr. Stong has combined such a reputable level of training with his own proven experience and talent to bring patients of Atlanta outstanding results in plastic surgery. Kalos Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery specializes in providing the most advanced techniques in facial plastic surgery and other cosmetic services. Dr. Stong serves on the Cosmetic and Reconstructive Support Medical Advisory Council of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), a highly-esteemed honor that is reserved for the most qualified and respected plastic surgeons.
If you would like to receive more information about the services offered by Dr. Stong, please call their Atlanta office at (404) 963-6665 or visit them online at http://www.kalos-plasticsurgery.com.