We're getting a lot of people that are entering the field that are not trained. They're cosmetic surgeons. They may be dentists. They may be general surgeons, and I'm not making any of this up sadly enough, but they're entering the field based upon one thing. It's called greed. They're not getting the insurance reimbursement they used to. They're facing declining reimbursement across the field, so they see breast augmentation in the aesthetic marketplace as an entry to a more lucrative practice pattern. So we're seeing a number of patients that are receiving suboptimal results from these physicians that really shouldn't be doing these procedures in the first place.

Consumers need to ask the right questions. Consumers need to ask the physician, "What is your background in training?" That's a number one question. "Are you a plastic surgeon?" Okay. If they say they're a cosmetic surgeon, that should be a big red flag. If they're a cosmetic surgeon, which is not an ABMS certified medical specialty, they need to then ask them, "How many have you done? Can I talk to your patients? What is your most common complication? How many complications do you get?" They really need to grill that physician. I get most of my patients by word of mouth. I've got a pretty solid reputation in Denver and few of the surrounding states, and so most of my patients come to me as referrals. Even those patients, I have them actually check me out. I have them look at the medical board. I have them talk to patients. The reason being is I think that every physician should go through that amount of scrutiny before performing surgery on any patient.

Watch Out For Greedy Plastic Surgeon Imposters

If you are a newbie to plastic surgery, Dr. Greg Buford explains what you should look for and ask of your potential surgeon to ensure you are receiving the best care possible.