Those physicians who it is being marketed to are not allowed to do this type of procedure in a hospital operating room because they are not credentialed to do so.
Fort Lauderdale, FL (Vocus) July 8, 2010
SmartLipo has recently been touted as a less invasive option for liposuction, but Dr. Robert E. Rothfield, a plastic surgeon in Ft. Lauderdale, recently cautioned patients against procedures like SmartLipo. While SmartLipo has been heavily advertised, Dr. Rothfield says patients need to be more aware of the facts surrounding this procedure. He added that patients need to proceed with caution, as a majority of doctors performing the SmartLipo procedure are not board-certified plastic surgeons.
As an alternative to traditional liposuction in Ft. Lauderdale, SmartLipo is marketed as a simple procedure that can be done under local anesthesia in a doctor’s office. However, Dr. Rothfield says these facts can be misleading. “Those physicians who it is being marketed to are not allowed to do this type of procedure in a hospital operating room because they are not credentialed to do so.” In addition to the importance of choosing a surgeon that has been certified to perform procedures, Dr. Rothfield added that there are no peer-reviewed studies showing SmartLipo has any advantages over traditional liposuction.
While stressing the importance of choosing a board-certified surgeon to perform cosmetic procedures like liposuction or breast augmentation in Ft. Lauderdale, Dr. Rothfield also stressed the importance of thorough research when considering a significant decision like cosmetic surgery. He notes that a majority of non-surgeons and non-board-certified plastic surgeons rely on advertising instead of patient referrals, adding that if SmartLipo was a top-notch procedure that provided a successful alternative to traditional liposuction, more board-certified plastic surgeons would offer it through their practices.
As one of the foremost plastic surgeons in Ft. Lauderdale, Dr. Rothfield stresses the magnitude of decisions regarding cosmetic procedures to all of his patients, and says he works with them to develop and manage their goals and expectations because he is committed to their overall safety and satisfaction. While he remains dedicated to supplementing the practice of plastic surgery as an art form with a solid foundation built on the latest technologically advanced procedures, Dr. Rothfield says any patient considering cosmetic surgery, including procedures like SmartLipo, should proceed with caution and ensure their overall safety by choosing a board-certified surgeon.
About Dr. Rothfield
Dr. Rothfield is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has operated his own private practice since 1994. He graduated from Haverford College, and received his medical degree from the University of Miami, which he followed up with eight years of progressively specialized training in plastic surgery. He is the Chief of Plastic Surgery at Memorial West Hospital in Pembroke Pines, FL, and is a member of the Miami Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Florida Medical Association, and the American Society of Bariatric Surgeons, among others.
Dr. Rothfield and his Weston Plastic Surgery practice are located at 2300 N. Commerce Parkway Suite 202 in Weston, FL 33326, and can be reached at (866) 417-6996 and http://www.westonplasticsurgery.com/