We’ve always said extra training in cosmetic plastic surgery pays, and pays big.
We knew that when, as a younger surgeon, we signed onto a fellowship with a highly experienced plastic surgeon for a year of hands-on training at the side of a Master Surgeon.
Consider it on-the-job training writ in super-scrip.
Results? As a super-specialist, (that’s not a boast, but an actual medical description of a skill level ) we have specialized in surgeries of the nose, performing over 4,000 procedures of the nose, including:
- Revision rhinoplasty (after a first nose job done elsewhere failed.)
- Ethnic nose surgery
- Surgery to repair breathing difficulties
- Non-surgical rhinoplasty
To illustrate, a new study compares the results of general surgeons with surgeries done by board-certified plastic surgeons who spent an extra three to seven years after the M.D. degree training in rejuvenation surgery only.
Printed in the current Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, a medical journal, the study looked at the complication rates of 954 panniculectomy surgeries, the procedure to remove sheets of loose skin and fat, hanging from the stomach to the pubis after morbidly obese patients have dropped large amounts of weight.
A panniculectomy requires long incisions on the abdomen to remove the huge aprons of skin that hang down to the thighs in some cases.
(Read more about the paniculectomy cosmetic surgery.)
The American College of Surgeons conducted the survey and crunched the numbers.
The overall complication rate for non-plastic surgeons measured 23.08 percent while the board-certified plastic surgeons turned in a rate of 8.65 percent.
In infections, the non-plastic surgeon group showed a rate of 12.69 percent while the rate for board-certified plastic surgeons was 5.33 percent.
The study also figured the odds of having any complication after surgery done by a non-plastic surgeon at 3.23 percent while a patient had 1.25 percent chance of complications after a board-certified plastic surgeon’s procedure.
Concluded the study authors: “..data showed that panniculectomy performed by plastic surgeons results in a lower rate of overall post-op complications compared with that performed by non-plastic surgeons.”
Which surgeon would you choose?
Now, we don’t perform cosmetic surgery of the body, but the principal of specialized training holds true in all of cosmetic plastic surgery, including surgeries of the head and neck.
Performing one surgery over and over for years can only make a surgeon more efficient and lead to better outcomes, be they body surgery, eyelid lifts or nose jobs.
(Read more about the study on the cosmetic surgery procedure, panniculectomy.)