Untrained cosmetic surgeons
Incompetent plastic surgery
Cosmetic surgery quackery
Cosmetic operations - breast implants, nose, chin and eye restructuring, facelifts and the like - are being performed by surgeons who are are not trained in plastic surgery, resulting in painful disfigurement. These services are often promoted by salespeople who allow the customer inadequate time to check the credentials of the surgeons or companies involved.
In the 1989 over 600,000 Americans had plastic surgery according to the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (ASPRS), probably more than twice as many operations actually took place. ASPRS requires its members to have a medical degree, to have completed three years' surgical training and a three year residency in plastic surgery, and to have passed written and oral tests. But membership in ASPRS or any other recognized body is required to practice plastic surgery. Some companies offer to train doctors how to do chemical peels, a legitimate procedure to remove wrinkles or facial scars, and to market their services in one week. In the UK anyone who is qualified as a doctor is eligible to carry out cosmetic operations. Plastic surgeons having a certificate of accreditation from the Royal College of Surgeons spend a minimum of eight years in training.
Quite apart from essential cosmetic surgery for accident or birth defect victims, the body of people who seek such radical means of altering their appearance are already a pitiable lot indeed. The last thing such folks need is to be further victimized by criminals of this type.