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I think you'd find primarily the folks that are doing the Groupon ads for surgery or surgical procedures - liposuction, breast augmentation, heaven forbid, face lift, and those kind of things - you'll probably find that those aren't plastic surgeons. Those are cosmetic surgeons, somebody who hasn't met the training, certification, and credentials to be a plastic surgeon.

Usually the old adage if something is too good to be true, it's probably the case. Many times, you'll find that on these ads, the idea is they want to get you in the door, the old bait-and-switch. They want to get you in the door and then say, "Oh, by the way, you don't just need skincare, you need a face lift." Like anything else, the old studies show that people, women and men, spend more time researching a car than they do the doctor that's going to take care of them. Do your research. Look and see. And I would caution... Now things for skincare and maybe Botox or fillers, the less invasive procedures, maybe you might want to try that as a foray into having a procedure done, but make sure who's treating you. What are the credentials of the person doing the injections if you're having Botox? Is it a nurse? If they're a nurse, do they have a doctor supervising them? If it's a PA, same thing holds true. In some states, it could be a medical assistant. You just don't know. If it's for a medical spa in a strip mall, or if it's in a doctor's office, you can feel a bit more comfortable about that.

Groupons For Plastic Surgery: Are They Safe?

Dr. Michael Edwards explains the difference between cosmetic and plastic surgeons, as well as how the ads on discount sites such as Groupon reel in unsuspecting consumers.