Back-alley surgeons, medispas and other plastic surgery dangers to avoid

Never sacrifice quality and safety for cost.
Never sacrifice quality and safety for cost.

If you book a plastic surgery procedure with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon, you shouldn't have too much to worry about. Invasive operations like liposuction or breast augmentation can be nerve-wracking, but your concerns shouldn't be about whether your doctor is qualified or if you are making the right choice. Unfortunately, there are some unscrupulous people who are out to take advantage of individuals who want to go under the knife, so you must be on the lookout and do thorough research. Here are a few terms and scenarios to avoid:

Back-alley surgery
If you read the news, you have probably seen more than one story about a plastic surgery procedure gone wrong. More often than not, these cases are examples of people who wanted the results of plastic surgery but didn't want to pay the full price. There are individuals out there who claim to have the know-how to perform procedures like facelifts and liposuction, but unless they are board-certified and operating out of a trustworthy clinic, they should be avoided. It's never smart to sacrifice quality and safety for a discounted procedure. If money is an issue, take more time to save up before booking your consultation – you'll be happy you paid for the service when you see how great you look once recovery from plastic surgery is complete.

"Medispa" has been a buzzword for a while now, but many people still don't quite understand what it means. Essentially, a medispa is a facility that offers both traditional spa treatments like facials and massage as well as some light cosmetic medicine, such a Botox injections or chemical peels. While some of these locations hire board-certified plastic surgeons to perform the medical treatments, often they come under scrutiny by government agencies for allowing untrained or unlicensed individuals to administer injections. For this reason, it may be best to pass up the medispa for a more trustworthy facility.

False advertising
When you are looking into plastic surgery clinics, pay close attention to how they advertise. Their language should be frank, medically based and sincere. If they're making promises to "make you more beautiful," then they may be using false advertising techniques to lure you in for a sale. Though you may feel more beautiful after your procedure, remember that beauty is subjective, and using the word in an advertisement is manipulative.