Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Nashville TN – The Question is, “What Board?”
When it comes to plastic surgery, the question isn’t “Are you Board Certified?’
The question is: “What Board?”
In this report, Nashville Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Amy Ortega was interviewed to comment regarding the necessity of plastic surgery board certification. This story is one of many tragic examples of what can happen when choosing to undergo plastic surgery procedures by providers who are not Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
When thinking about plastic surgery in Nashville, Franklin, Brentwood, Spring Hill, Murfreesboro, and surrounding areas, always check to make sure your plastic surgeon is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Amy Ortega is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), the only nationally accredited plastic surgery board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). She is also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), which requires their plastic surgeon members to be Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
To meet with Dr. Ortega at her Franklin plastic surgery center in the Nashville TN area, call our office at 615.468.0100 or schedule your consultation with Dr. Ortega here.
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Special Report – Plastic Surgery Board Certification Nashville TN – Interview with Franklin Plastic Surgery’s Dr. Amy Ortega
Commentator: Daphne and Zane don’t need to look at the pictures to be reminded of just how bad her cosmetic laser treatment went.
Daphne: They told me it would clean out your pores. It was good for collagen production and overall good for your skin.
Commentator: But this was Carol after the laser procedure. Swollen. In pain. Having trouble breathing. This was her one week before.
Daphne: I’ve described it as if you have hit your thumb with a hammer and you feel that throbbing. It’s like that through my cheeks.
Commentator: And that’s the pain that still exists today. The LaVergne woman rarely drives anymore because nerve damage in her face also affects her eyesight.
Zane: It’s like you know she went and paid somebody to abuse her.
Commentator: It’s a story that sadly doesn’t surprise Nashville Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Amy Ortega.
Dr. Ortega: It’s really difficult to kind of walk in with minimal training and be able to do these procedures the right way, and get a nice result, but also in a safe way for the patient.
Daphne: I think from the other stories that I’ve heard about I’m just lucky to that I made it through it.
Commentator: Most notably Kanye West’s Mom, who died after a cosmetic surgery from a provider who was not qualified. In 2010 this Miami mother of 6 died after the procedure performed by a person who was not a doctor. And there are others.
Dr. Ortega: Bagginess under the eyelids here…
Commentator: Ortega spent 15 years in school, at least 3 more than a regular surgeon, learning the very specialized techniques of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.
Dr. Ortega: A lot of people don’t realize that it is not illegal to call yourself a cosmetic surgeon– whether you trained in cosmetic plastic surgery, or whether you did no training in cosmetic plastic surgery. And so this can be very confusing.
Commentator: This Eagleville woman wasn’t asking for much– just a straight nose after a horse riding accident left it broken when she was a kid.
Nashville plastic surgery patient Lisa: In this area here, the nerves got crushed and it kinda crammed it up into the skull and cracked here.
Commentator: But Lisa Burns did not go to a board certified plastic surgeon. Since she was also having breathing trouble, she had the work done by an ear nose and throat doctor.
Nashville plastic surgery patient Lisa: I just thought, you know, a doctor is a doctor. He’s trained in, you know, fixing the nose, so he said he could do it, so I just assumed he could do it.
Commentator: After her first surgery, she says her nose was still crooked and scarred. So she had to find a board certified plastic surgeon to redo the job.
Nashville plastic surgery patient Lisa: It was another $20,000.00. So I have $40,000.00 in my nose.
Commentator: The problem has become so pervasive that legislators are working this session to regulate some portion of the industry, particularly laser surgery. In fact, this bill would follow 28 other states that have already put stiffer regulations on people working in the field.
Lawmaker: Here in Tennessee we require a cosmetologist to endure 1500 hours to learn to cut hair. And someone can use a laser with zero hours.
Commentator: And the American Board of Plastic Surgery is doing its part to educate would be patients with a full-on public service announcement.
Public Service Announcement: Anyone can wear a white coat– but not everyone is board certified in plastic surgery.
Daphne: They’re doing lasers in hair salons. They’re doing Botox in hair salons. These need to be done by a physician.
Nashville plastic surgery patient Lisa: The problem is you don’t know to ask– how certified are you? Are you trained in you know, plastic surgery, being as it’s my face?