“If I’m not getting plastic surgery, do I need a plastic surgeon?” As more people elect minimally or non-invasive cosmetic treatments, that question comes up frequently. I see the question as an opportunity to educate patients about why it’s important to seek experienced and qualified specialists when considering any cosmetic procedure — even if it’s not plastic surgery.
At my La Jolla practice, for example, I have a hair restoration center that offers NeoGraft™, a minimally invasive hair transplant system. Although the system is automated, it still requires a surgeon with specialized training to ensure it is used safely and that patients get consistent results. The same is true of the popular CoolSculpting® procedure, a non-surgical method of reducing unwanted fat. As a triple board-certified plastic surgeon, I understand that each patient presents a unique situation that my experience and training equip me to handle.
Although someone who isn’t a plastic surgeon can perform these types of procedures, it is wise to always have them done in a plastic surgeon’s practice, so unusual situations or emergencies can be handled safely and effectively.