Beverly Hills Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery News Flash!

Beverly Hills Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery News Flash from Beverly Hills Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon, Dr. Francis R Palmer, III: Buyer Beware…Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery by Dentists approved in California!

“OK, I’ve been warning all of you, for some time, that the Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Business is “Buyer Beware” for the consumer…this is just the latest evidence that proves my point. Dentists are highly skilled and trained medical personnel…when it comes to the teeth! They do not go to medical school nor do they take surgical residency training…all of which is a prerequesite for any training in any of the fields that currently perform Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery. I think this is a major problem. But you read and decide.”….

Dr. Francis R Palmer, III

New York Times
September 28, 2006

A Nip and Tuck With That Crown?

Published: May 16, 2004
CALIFORNIANS concerned that their favorite plastic surgeon might be too busy to see them for a nip or a tuck may one day be able to call upon another professional to minister to their sagging faces and drooping eyelids: their dentist.

Tomorrow, a subcommittee of the California State Legislature is expected to approve Senate Bill 1336, which if enacted would make it legal for dentists with training in oral surgery to perform cosmetic surgery on the face.

Plastic surgeons are, of course, apoplectic.

”The whole thing is so audacious that I have trouble controlling myself,” said Dr. Harvey A. Zarem, the president of the California Society of Plastic Surgeons (and occasional guest surgeon on ”Extreme Makeover” on ABC). ”That anyone would even pretend to want to do this is just, just, just, I mean, it’s offensive, incredible. Did I say absolutely audacious?”

As the population ages and more Americans seek out cosmetic surgery, doctors of every stripe — dermatologists, gastroenterologists, gynecologists — are cashing in and performing cosmetic surgery. There are about 6,600 plastic surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery; most estimates suggest that there are three to four times that number of practitioners performing cosmetic surgery without board certification. In the United States, anyone with an M.D. degree and some surgical training can hang out a shingle and announce that they are open for business as a cosmetic surgeon.

This, the plastic surgeons have to deal with. But they say they cannot deal with the idea that dentists — well trained perhaps, but without medical degrees — could perform cosmetic plastic surgery.

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