The practice of plastic surgery is not regulated. Laws do not restrict who are doctors who can practice the craft. In the Philippines and most other countries, there are no regulations which govern what type of medical practitioner can perform plastic surgery procedures. So the best way to know your surgeon is qualified is to choose a surgeon who underwent training with the Philippine Association of Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgeons, Inc (PAPRAS) or its equivalent in other countries.
Due to differences in economy, the cost of surgery is variable in every country. There are many variables involved in the pricing of plastic surgery procedures. These include country, surgeon expertise, and the difficulty of the procedure. Other factors considered are anesthesia cost, operating room expenses, and pre-operative work-ups. Compared to the United States and Europe, the price of cosmetic surgery in the Philippines is around 50% cheaper than prevailing US rates. Even so, when choosing a plastic surgeon, remember that the surgeon’s qualifications and experience as well as your comfort with him or her are just as important as the final cost of the surgery
You’re surgeon should be well informed of current trends in his field and should be willing to answer all your queries. Beware of the surgeon who insists on his way and is intolerant of your questions. Asking these questions is the best way to get to know your surgeon. It gives the patient the opportunity to learn about their surgeon’s qualifications, experience, and demeanor. Your questions let them know you’ve done your homework, want to be educated about your procedure, and will be an active partner throughout the process.
Not all surgeries are performed in accredited facilities. Some practitioners perform procedures in non-accredited facilities. Making sure that your procedure can be performed in an accredited facility will significantly reduce safety risks and increase your comfort level. Case and point. There is an exodus of patients to Mexico to undergo cosmetic surgeries due to the cheaper cost. Always make sure that the surgical facility you are entering is duly accredited.
The practice of plastic surgery is not limited to reconstructive surgery alone. The field encompasses both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Plastic Surgeons are trained, experienced, and qualified to perform both cosmetic and reconstructive procedures on the face and all areas of the body.
In November 2006, the FDA reversed its 14-year ban on silicone breast implants, allowing patients in the United States access to the same implants that women in 60 countries around the world already have. This has ended the era of banned silicone implants. Now patients have a choice on whether they would like to have silicone or saline implants.
Plastic surgery is for everyone. Unlike before when only the upper class could avail of the services plastic surgeons had to offer. This decade has shown tremendous advancement in the field of plastic surgery and has been made more affordable to everyone. From an ASPS article using the United States as standard: a 2005 study found that almost 60 percent of people who had recently had plastic surgery or were seriously considering plastic surgery had a household income of $30,000-$90,000 a year. In fact, 40 percent of that 60 percent reported an annual income of $60,000 or less. Just 10 percent of respondents reported a household income of more than $90,000. Plastic surgery is a booming industry. Countries such as the Philippines offer plastic surgery done by qualified Plastic Surgeons at a lower cost compared to the United States and Europe.
Not all board certifications are the same. Any group of medical professionals can create its own “certification” board. Philippine Plastic Surgeons are certified only by the Philippine Board of Plastic Surgery – a group which oversees credentialing in plastic and reconstructive surgery. Their certification requires passing rigorous oral and written exams. The same holds true for other countries. Plastic surgeons need at least 6 years of training after medical school. The patient should be inquisitive. Find out about the board certifications in the specific locality.