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Avoiding Bad Plastic Surgery

May 16, 2018
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Have you been listening to Dr. Mulholland’s Plastic Surgery Talk podcast? As a new recruit to the SpaMedica team I decided to go back and listen from the beginning, starting at the first episode. I was genuinely surprised by some of the things I learned from the podcast. This first episode is full of great information for anyone considering their first procedure: from knowing how to choose a surgeon to discovering what procedures will work for your face or body

Here are 3 surprising things I learned from the first episode:

  1. Certified Plastic Surgeons are different from other doctors who do may do cosmetic procedures.

Did you know that it’s perfectly legal in some jurisdictions for doctors to call themselves cosmetic surgeons, even if they’re not certified surgeons? These cosmetic surgeons may even be great at what they do (often Botox Injectables or other minor surgical procedures) but they are not Certified Plastic Surgeons. In Canada, Certified Plastic Surgeons are certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. So if this is an important factor to you when choosing a physician for your surgical (or even nonsurgical) procedure, then it’s best to do your research. Ask your doctor questions and be clear about their qualifications.

  1. A really good plastic surgeon will often dissuade you from certain procedures.

Just because something is popular with celebrities and mainstream media doesn’t mean it’s the right “look” for you. Kylie Jenner’s lips or Angelina Jolie’s jawline might actually distort the natural proportions of your face. Likewise for body contouring procedures; those larger breasts or fuller butt might not be right for your frame. A good surgeon will listen to your concerns and work with you to achieve realistic and pleasing results.

  1. Ask if your surgeon is a “doctor’s doctor.”

Are they a doctor that other doctors turn to for training or guidance? This can tell you a lot about a doctor’s reputation and whether they’re a recognized expert in their field. In the podcast, Dr. Mulholland admits that he sees a lot of wives of other physicians. If he or she is the type of surgeon that other doctors trust their partners to, you know they must be doing something right!

If you haven’t heard any of the Plastic Surgery Talk podcast yet, click to listen online or subscribe on iTunes.

Dr. Stephen Mulholland, MD
Posted by Dr. Stephen Mulholland, MD
has been practicing plastic surgery for over 20 years. He is one of Canada’s most renowned and best plastic surgeons in Toronto with his wealth of experience, artistry, and humbleness towards his patients.

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