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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I have my consultation with the Residency Clinic at the Univ. of Md. Hospital this upcoming Tuesday. I cannot wait to hear what they offer and how soon before I can get all my procedures completed.
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I most certainly would. Not only will the student be 100% supervised, but the med student isn't really a "med student", he/she is a surgical resident. How else are they supposed to learn? I believe for the faith we have in them, allowing them to learn on us is our duty, but then their appreciation should be reflected in the lowered cost. 50% lower than average is good but it could be better yet. Programs for people who have diseases such as my case, Lupus...medications causing weight gain and such. I'm happy to say I have lost over 100 pounds the old fashioned way - hard work, eating right, lifestyle change and what exercise I can manage due to not only Lupus but Fibromyalgia, possible MS, plantar fasciitis, Sjogrens, rectal prolapse, neuropathy, arthritis - only to name a few...lol...I have kept my weight off and would LOVE to get rid of excess skin in the belly & hip area, thighs, arms, saggy neck, hanging and drooping eyelids, hanging face and hanging breasts. I'd be a sport and just leave my now droopy flat but as is, even though I used to have some junk in the trunk! Lol. You see, I'm only 44 years old. I don't want my husband to see me naked looking like this. Having these diseases already cause depression and anxiety, but all nasty hanging skin too and talk about depression and insecurity! Still can't wear the size I should be wearing because of the hanging skin. Add all that to entering menopause...don't even ask! All I do is cry about my body and think why did I work so hard because I still look disgusting. Talk about depression! I'm in the process of filing for disability so our two paycheck home of living paycheck to paycheck has gone to a one paycheck home not making it paycheck to paycheck. Lost my job, lost our home all because I can no longer work a standard job or work day.I can't have scheduled or set hours due to the issues connected to my diseases. Frequent migraines that affect my vision, fluorescent lights that trigger migraines...you name it, it's a trigger for something or a problem. Sometimes I can't get out of bed or sometimes my hands don't work. Sometimes I'm in a "Fog" and can't make words or have a logical coherent conversation. Anyway...,dealing with all of that 24/7, it would be nice if I were able to control these other things by way of plastic surgery. I'm tough...I could get it all done at once like when I had my carpal tunnel surgery - had both hands done at the same time. I live on the Illinois side just outside of St. Louis, Missouri. Are there any facilities like yours in this area? Or even better, are there EVER ANY SURGEONS that would do a person like me for free in exchange for free advertisement or at an extremely discounted rate? I love my husband, I'm only 44 and should be sexually active often, but he never initiates and I fear this hanging, sagging skin turns him off. With everything I have been experiencing these past years I can't lose my husband too!!! I will truly appreciate any guidance, advice, suggestions or help. Thank you! Monique Herriman ******@*****.com
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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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Yes, Jacobi they are affiliated with Albert Einstein I went for a consultation. The consultation is $200 what I didn't like was that they don't do all procedures at once. One at a time thing. The pricing is inexpensive too. The doctor wasn't so friendly but the place was clean & everyone was professional. I can't get mines done at different dates so still researching.
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Good luck! Oh, they are also affiliated with North Central too. Price for Breast range of 3,600-4,300 & tummy tuck 4,600. I guess it depends on the work.
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To a Resident supervised by a qualified surgeon, of course. But no a medical student per say. We have 4 teaching hospitals here in NC.
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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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