If you are out in the market looking for a face-life or little nip-and-tuck, you might want to know the difference between “plastic surgery” and “cosmetic surgery.”
The words sound similar, but understanding the distinction could even save your life, especially as people are dying at the hands of untrained cosmetic surgeons, reports USA Today.
Basically, the only doctors that the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) certifies to engage in “cosmetic” procedures, are “plastic” surgeons. However, because of the similarity in the two words, many doctors that are not trained as plastic surgeons, are holding themselves out as “cosmetic” surgeons and hoping that people won’t know the difference.
A so called cosmetic surgeon might be certified by another board -- like Neurology or Ophthalmology -- but has not met the training and educational standards set by the ABMS. Do you wanted an eye doctor giving you a tummy tuck? That's what it all boils down to.
Most of the new breed of untrained "cosmetic surgeons" operate out of their own offices or in spas, neither of which have the kind of equipment and support that certified plastic surgeons possess.
If you find that you have been worked on by an improperly trained doctor, you might consider a medical malpractice lawsuit. Medical malpractice laws are designed to protect patients' rights to pursue compensation if they are injured as a result of negligence. However, malpractice suits are often complex and costly to win. Therefore, if you believe you have a medical malpractice claim, it is important to consult with an attorney who will discuss your case with you, and help you determine your best options.
One of the most important elements of a medical malpractice lawsuit are the time limit considerations, legally known as statutes of limitations. If you fail to file your claim within the requisite time period the law allows, you might be forever barred from bringing it before a court of law.
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