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Professor John Celin

The democratisation of cosmetic surgery

26 October 2017 14:28


As a result of the rise in unlicensed and unqualified therapists, beauticians and surgeons administering 'botched' procedures on the High Street. Prof. John Celin has called upon patients to ensure they properly 'vet' an establishment and it's staff before undergoing any plastic or cosmetic surgery.

In days gone by, cosmetic surgery was a luxury reserved for the ultra-rich and movie stars whose procedures were paid for by their studios so they could keep their investments in the best possible shape. Nowadays, of course, times have changed, prices have come down, and the benefits of cosmetic surgery are available to the everyday man or woman on the street. Tummy tucks, Botox, breast enlargements or reductions and nose jobs are commonplace as people try to look their best. Cosmetic surgery for the masses is now big business.

However, as in all walks of industry, there is a downside to this democratisation of cosmetic surgery - and that downside is that not all cosmetic surgeons are created equal. Wherever there's a market for something, the unscrupulous will rush in to take advantage and reap the profits, and cosmetic surgery is no exception.

What makes this such a problem, more so even than in most other industries, is that when you pay for cosmetic surgery you're not just making a financial commitment, but a physical one. You are placing your health and wellbeing in the hands of your surgeon, who is going to alter your appearance - in many procedures permanently. Botched procedures can cause permanent physical damage, risk your health and in some cases even your life. So it's vital to tread carefully when choosing a surgeon to perform your procedure.

Always check your surgeon's qualifications before committing to anything. Too many so-called “cosmetic surgeons” are little more than, for want of a better phrase, glorified beauticians.

Making an ill-informed decision can cost you a lot of money as well as your looks - getting bad surgery corrected will incur costs that far outweigh any saving you may have made by going for the cheapest option you can find. If you want something permanent, then make sure you actually get something permanent, rather than something that requires fixing on numerous occasions.

Short-term savings can easily lead to long-term pain and expenditure. Some form of board certification is the most important thing to look out for in order to ensure that your surgeon has the knowledge and experience to perform your procedure safely and effectively. And always look at their medical experience, and the experiences of their previous patients - otherwise you can end up making a costly and dangerous mistake.

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About Professor John Celin

John F. Celin M.D, is a former Clinical Fellow at the Department of Surgery, Harvard Medical School. Following training and Board Certification in General and Vascular surgery, Prof. Celin trained in Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at the Harvard Medical School, New York University and University of Kentucky.
He continued his training in Cosmetic Surgery under Tom D Rees M.D. at The Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, New York Medical Center.
Prof. Celin is a clinical Associate Professor at The Department of Plastic Surgery at the University of Virginia, School of Medicine, Consultant faculty.
Besides his work as a surgeon in the UK and US, commitment to patients of the Third World is incredibly important. Prof. Celin regularly spends several months a year providing humanitarian aid in countries such as Pakistan, India and the Dominican Republic.

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