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How to avoid cosmetic medical malpractice

The number of Americans pursuing cosmetic surgery has only increased in recent years. The total number of cosmetic surgeries in the United States increased by 1% from 2017 to 2018, with the most popular treatments being eyelid surgery, breast augmentation, liposuction and tummy tuck. 

Although cosmetic surgery does not correct life-threatening ailments, it does come with its risks. The surgeon can still make an error, and if that ever happens to you or a loved one, then you need to pursue a medical malpractice claim. However, you always want to try to avoid your risk when possible. You can take some steps prior to the operation to dramatically reduce your chances of a cosmetic surgery mistake. 

Research surgeons thoroughly

You deserve the best when you want to surgically change your appearance. Before scheduling a consultation with a surgeon, plenty of research beforehand. You can find reviews online, and you can try to talk to friends and family members who have worked with this doctor in the past. During the consultation, you can ask for references, so you can speak to people who can attest to the surgeon's quality. 

Look up credentials

You also want to make sure the doctor has certification from an accredited board. You need to look into a doctor's credentials to ensure he or she has the training necessary to perform the surgery you want. If a doctor does not have experience in precisely what you desire, then you should look elsewhere. 

Get recommendations from other medical professionals

You likely do not have a cosmetic surgeon you go to all the time, but you should have a regular general physician. You can ask your usual doctor if he or she can suggest anyone who can perform the surgery you want. When you visit your general doctor, you can also undergo a check-up to make sure you are healthy enough for surgery. 

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