Florida Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, has proposed a bill aimed at taming the unruly cosmetic procedures by requiring that anyone who operates a surgery center register with the Department of Health.
Meanwhile, prospective patients like Jones are doing online research to protect themselves by learning whether their surgeons are board certified and hearing about patients firsthand experiences in Facebook groups. "You read about things like double infections and multiple blood transfusions and horrible scars and it makes you want to be extra careful," she said. After researching online for six months, Jones put a $500 deposit down for a tummy tuck with the only plastic surgeon at a Miami clinic who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. But the doctor she chose for the surgery passed away and Jones is now fighting to get her deposit back. "There have been too many deaths and infections, which is why I would only use a surgeon who is board certified," she said.
Rubinstein believes plastic surgeons themselves need to protect the uninformed public.
"We are stewards of our own profession," said Rubinstein. "When people take a weekend course and open an Instagram account and call themselves cosmetic surgeons and the public can't tell the difference, the industry needs a few sheriffs and I don't mind standing up, even if I do suffer a few slings and arrows for it." __ TOP 5 COSMETIC SURGICAL AND MINIMALLY-INVASIVE PROCEDURES
The world's largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons reveals the most popular procedures.
Of the more than 1.8 million cosmetic surgical procedures performed in 2018, the top 5 were: 1. Breast augmentation 2. Liposuction 3. Nose reshaping 4. Eyelid surgery 5. Tummy tuck
Among the 15.9 million cosmetic minimally-invasive procedures performed in 2018, the top 5 were: 1. Botulinum Toxin Type A 2. Soft Tissue Fillers 3. Chemical Peel 4. Laser hair removal 5. Microdermabrasion
-Source: American Society of Plastic Surgeons __ TRENDS IN PLASTIC SURGERY
The volume of plastic surgery in the United States is on the upswing
-About a quarter million more cosmetic procedures were performed in 2018 than the previous year.
-More than 17.7 million surgical and minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures were performed in the United States in 2018, a number that has risen steadily over the past five years.
-Body-shaping procedures rose in 2018, with a spike in non-invasive fat reduction, as well as surgeries such as breast augmentations and liposuction.
-Source: American Society of Plastic Surgeons annual statistics report