Would you trust your plastic surgery to a med student?

Angiemcc on 13 Oct 2010 at 10:38am

For many people, cosmetic surgery is a pipe dream, unattainable becauset it's expensive. Cosmetic procedures are rarely covered by insurance, and the out-of-pocket cost for a new chin or perkier breasts run into the thousands.

Residents perform plastic surgery, often leading to a discountplastic surgery cost cutting idea discussed here on RealSelf is to seek treatment at a medical school where surgical residents perform your desired cosmetic procedures for a lot less than you'd pay a board certified MD. Residents would do the nip and tuck with an attending plastic surgeon supervising.

The University of Maryland is one program that offers discounted plastic surgery:

At the University of Maryland Medical Center’s Plastic Surgery Resident Clinic, we’ve made high-quality cosmetic surgery affordable, without sacrificing our patients’ safety. The consultation and surgery are performed by a final-year plastic surgery resident under the direct supervision of board-certified plastic surgeons who are full-time faculty members at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. All surgeries are performed in a hospital operating room to ensure maximum safety with the highest level of patient care.

According to a Doctor active in the RealSelf community, you can save as much as 50% by going this route.

Would you put your cosmetic surgery dreams in the hands of med students if it meant big savings?

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Hello everyone, All is helpful for me Im from NYC and definitely looking forward in returning to my young sexy body again... If anyone has more information of on board certified doctors with students or residents....pleasecontact/ postme!
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I would because there will be definitely a certified surgeon on board...but I couldn't go to far.
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Is there a place ib NYC???
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Is there a hospital/students (plastic surgeons) that will be interested in giving me a mommy makeover?
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I live in Michigan. I've been looking for a school/ clinic/ resendency ect... I don't mind driving or flying.. I only worry about follow up appts. Does anyone know of any places close to Michigan?
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You could try contacting U of M. Not sure how far Ann Arbor is for you, but if I wanted to go this route that's who I would get in touch with.

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Hi everyone i want a brazilian butt lift but they are charging me 7,500 i need to get a lower price this is way to much please recommend me a resident clinic in NY thank you agood one if you had a surgery done and they did a great job and if u really trust them thank u....
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Any one know if this is available at all in the Phoenix (or even Tuscon) area?
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Jacobi is affiliated with Albert Einstein medical school and their residency programs as well
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what school was it> i want a tummy tuck!
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I live in NY. Jacobi medical center and Lenox Hill hospital I know do it for sure.
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I live in Newark nj. I would gladly trust a student.who do I ask for when I call Jacobi. please help. it sounds silly but I want to feel confident. It affects everything I do.
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where did u, i want too
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I did, for my tummy tuck and it cost 1700. They are residents and fellows who work under / side by side with a board certified plastic surgeon. I have to say my tummy tuck looks better than everyone who spent over 10,000. Now I didn't for my breasts and if I were to do something to my face other than Botox I think I would rather pay the money. Just my opinion. And I know everyone has to learn , but I'd be too afraid of any major facial work
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I am definitely considering it. I've been quoted up to $5,800 for TWO areas of liposuction from a local plastic surgeon, so I've recently contacted Wake Forest University's Cosmetic Surgery Center and got a ballpark quote of $5,300 for THREE areas. That is with an attending doctor and there seems to be about $1,000 discount off the quoted price for going with the chief residents versus an attending. If you need financing you'll have to go with the attending surgeons because the residents cannot offer financing due to the fact that they have not become board certified yet.

Two great advantages other than the price that I see are one, the fact that they are learning all of the latest procedures being taught with state of the art equipment and two, they have someone watching over them to assist if a problem arises.

It seems to be pretty hard to find out about these places. It would be nice to have a link to medical schools performing plastic surgery for the public. If there is one on here, please let me know :)
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@Diatil - If you're asking about prices of plastic surgery, here's what people report spending on average

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I would be very interested in trusting a Surgical Resident to do my cosmedic surgery in order to save 50% of the cost. Just knowing that a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon would be present in the case that if there were complications makes me feel safe. I would definitely do this. When you say I would save 50% on the total cost, what are we looking at cost wise?
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i so would!
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Angiemcc, You should clarify your post. Medical students do not perform cosmetic surgery. Surgical residents are performing plastic surgery at this institution. These chief residents are several years in training beyond the medical student level. This is an important distinction, as the chief resident is generally only one year from finishing of all of his/her training. Lastly, we are always students and never stop learning or refining our plastic surgery techniques. So yes, in ways we are all still medical students.
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A study conducted in 1997 found that patient satisfaction from resident-performed surgery was extremely high.  A survey of past patients revealed:

93.1 percent would recommend this clinic

92.9 percent would undergo the same procedure again

The highest patient satisfaction (10 of 10) was seen in augmentation mammoplasty (average, 9.1); blepharoplasty (average, 9.0); rhytidectomy (average, 7.8), and rhinoplasty (average, 6.9).

"The results obtained compared favorably with recently published data of more experienced surgeons.
 

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