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Consumer Alert: Minimally Invasive Cosmetic Procedures Should Not Be Taken Lightly
Date:7/29/2009

offers guidelines to its members on this practice, the Academy recommends that under appropriate circumstances, a physician may delegate certain procedures and services to appropriately trained non-physicians, such as physician assistants or nurse practitioners. Specifically, the physician must directly supervise the non-physician clinicians to protect the best interests and welfare of each patient.

"Each physician must determine what procedures can safely be performed by nurses or other staff members in his or her own individual practices. This distinction should be made to patients up front to ensure they are comfortable with the expertise and training of the person who will be performing the procedure," said Dr. Hanke. "However, it is imperative that a physician be on-site to evaluate patients prior to a procedure and to respond promptly to any questions or concerns during or after the procedure."

  • Evaluate a physician's credentials before considering a procedure.

Although it may be difficult for consumers to ask physicians about their credentials and professional background, Dr. Hanke believes this information is crucial for a safe result or outcome. According to Dr. Hanke, one of the most telling questions that consumers can ask physicians is whether they are board certified by one of the 24 boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), such as the American Board of Dermatology. He explained that board certification is important, as it could indicate a physician's knowledge and experience with certain procedures.

In addition, consumers can research physicians on the Internet. State medical board Web sites typically offer information on physicians at no charge. "If a person isn't comfortable broaching the subject of credentials with a physician, there are ways to research this information online," said Dr. Hanke. "What's important is that consumers do
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