American Society of Plastic Surgeons
For Medical Professionals
3 years ago

Choosing a surgeon

Hello, I am looking for someone that can do a mommy makeover and I’m having difficulty finding malpractice or issues with those surgeons. I have seen Dr. Camille D. Chavez in Miami her work is amazing but what does her record look like? all i found through media is that someone went to cardiac arrest in 2016 during surgery and died. And not many reviews out there nor recent ones to compare either

Procedure: Mommy Makeover
Location: jacksonville, FL

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Steven Wallach
ASPS Surgeon

You are best to make sure the doctor is board certified and has a good history of results. Make sure the staff is also kind and helpful.

Debra Johnson
ASPS Surgeon

It is difficult to know who a qualified surgeon is. Unfortunately, any doctor can call themselves a plastic surgeon. But many are not certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. All ASPSmembers are Board-Certified plastic surgeons. Use our Find-A-Surgeon tool on this website to locate ASPS members near you. This website also has a blog on choosing your surgeon, and questions to ask to assure safety. You can also check the State Medical Board to see if a doctor has had lawsuits or disciplinary actions. Don’t trust glossy websites, since no one posts bad photos. You need to do your homework. Plastic surgery is real surgery with real risks. Don’t trust your body to someone not as well-trained as an ASPS member surgeon.

Trent Douglas
ASPS Surgeon
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Thank you for your question and doing your homework with ASPS member surgeons. Congratulations on taking the first step which is educating yourself about your surgeon's credentials. Patient safety comes first and finding a board-certified plastic surgeon who can work with you to develop a customized treatment plan that is best suited to your individual features, cosmetic goals, budget, and recovery timeline goes a long way toward your long-term satisfaction. The ASPS has a "Find a Surgeon" feature on the website to assist you in locating a properly trained and qualified surgeon in your area. Best wishes on a great result and speedy recovery.

John Obi
ASPS Surgeon

The best advice when searching for a surgeon would be to do your research and then seek out a surgeon that is Board Certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery. There are a number of qualified surgeons in your area that offer this procedure and I would recommend that you have several consultations before making a decision. There is a lot of postoperative follow up needed with these procedures and having your surgeon in another city (or country) is frequently very difficult for the patient. Best wishes!

Baruch Jacobs
ASPS Surgeon

There are many plastic surgeons in Florida who are qualified to perform mommy makeovers. You have done well in consulting with a board certified plastic surgeon. If you have a good rapport with the surgeon and are happy with her results that is a good start in choosing your doctor.

Nelson Castillo

Thank you for sharing your excellent question. It does pay to vet any and all of your prospective surgeons to ensure safety and board-certification. Malpractice cases can often be found on the medical board website in the state that they practice. Many different factors go into doctor selection but ultimately you must feel comfortable with them.

Enriquillo Clime Rivera
ASPS Int. Surgeon

I do undestand your concerned, and safety should always be on top of the list. but try to focus on 3 things.

1. Seek the attention of certified plastic surgeons

2. chemistry between you and your surgeon, you most feel confortable

3. make sure you are clear about what you what, so you and your surgeon are in the same page.

Richard Greco
ASPS Surgeon
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Our society's campaign "Do your Homework" is paying off. You might want to go to this site written by one of our past presidents

Meet multiple surgeons until you feel comfortable with them as individuals and as a practice - are they responsive to your questions and concerns. Look at their photo of before and after patients and see if their results meet your expectations. Ask them their personal track record - including their complications, malpractice history, and whatever it takes to make you comfortable.

Just because someone has been sued, does not mean they were wrong or bad . If they had lost multiple cases, one starts to become suspicious. Ask what happened. It is usually public record and reported to the National Databank that is discover able by you.

Reviews can be helpful, especially if they have more than 50 or 100. You will get a general feel about what they are saying about them

Edward Domanskis

Just because a plastic surgeon has had malpractice suits does not make him bad especially if you ask and they explain the case. The main thing is that the plastic surgeon has privileges in a hospital to do that surgery and they are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and have a lot of experience.

Dr. Edward Jonas Domanskis is Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery

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Michael Law
ASPS Surgeon

I agree 100% with Dr. Johnson. It is so difficult for prospective patients to know which physicians really are board-certified. This can be frustrating for consumers and potentially dangerous if a physician misrepresents their training, expertise and board-certification.


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