'Minimal' procedures can have complications
As a board-certified plastic surgeon and chief of surgery at my hospital, I get frequent referrals regarding complications from so-called "minimally invasive" procedures -- as outlined in your article, "Cosmetic work? Research before you undergo it."
"Minimal" procedures such as injections, lasers, mini-lifts and liposuction may be performed in any "spa" and are described as having limited danger. However, serious complications can occur including permanent discoloration, MRSA infection/abscess, burns, disfiguring scars, or even blindness.
A hospital credential committee approves doctors to perform specific surgeries. If surgery is needed after a "minimally invasive" procedure, your provider may not have met those standards.
Consumers of these services should know that there are few regulations to protect you. Companies sell products to whoever has a medical license and a weekend certification. West Virginia examples of this are the selling of breast implants to an ENT or liposuction equipment to a family doctor.
The Board of Medicine does not regulate or validate the scope of practice of a doctor.
My advice to patients is to ask a lot of questions. What happens if a procedure goes wrong? Who will take care of me if I need more complex assistance in a hospital? Are you certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties within your field to treat my area of interest?
It's only "minimal" until its not. Caveat Emptor.
W. Thomas McClellan, M.D. FACS
Morgantown Plastic Surgery Associates
Observations on the documentary 'Oxyana'
Two observations on the documentary "Oxyana":
Churches: How can a documentary about rural West Virginia never show a church building? How can a musical score for said documentary omit Appalachian church music? When I was involved in anti-drug work in Welch, churches were obviously the most effective counterforce.
Pastimes: The two pastimes depicted -- target shooting and off-road vehicle use -- are expensive and aggressive. No one (apparently) played Frisbee or badminton or fished. Although pets and children were present, no one played with them. There was no evidence of anyone reading or making music or baking cookies.