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Public Perception of Cosmetic Surgeons versus Plastic Surgeons: Increasing Transparency to Educate Patients

Shah, Ajul M.D.; Patel, Anup M.D., M.B.A.; Smetona, John M.D.; Rohrich, Rod J. M.D.

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Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: February 2017 - Volume 139 - Issue 2 - p 544e-557e
doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000003020



The authors of the February 2017 Special Topic article by Shah et al., entitled “Public Perception of Cosmetic Surgeons versus Plastic Surgeons: Increasing Transparency to Educate Patients” (Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017;139:544e–557e), wish to make the following corrections:

The fourth paragraph of the article’s Discussion was missing the citation to the Web page accessed in early 2016 to gather the presented information; the paragraph would benefit from additional clarification added below as a parenthetical comment. The sentence that begins “The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery allows…” should read as follows: “The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery allows applications from physicians who have completed their residency in dermatology, general surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, ophthalmology, oral surgery, otolaryngology, and plastic surgery. These physicians will then enter a 1-year program (2 years for dermatologic or ophthalmologic surgeons) to complete their training in cosmetic surgery and take written and oral examinations provided by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. If the examinations are passed, the trainee is recognized as a board-certified cosmetic surgeon.18 The new reference 18 should then read: “18. American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. Training requirements available at: Accessed February 15, 2016.”

The Discussion section of the text would benefit from an additional statement. The first paragraph should include a new statement as a clarifying conclusion, and will now read as follows (new text in italics): “Furthermore, mainstream publications have exposed the cautionary tales of aesthetic surgery patients whose lives ended at the hands of nonplastic surgeons.11,13–15The cases cited here were performed by surgeons who were neither board-certified plastic surgeons nor board-certified cosmetic surgeons.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 140(1):218, July 2017.

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