Saturday, October 1, 2011


■Plastic surgeons urge patients to do their homework

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons launched a campaign to warn the public of the dangers associated with choosing an unqualified surgeon, including "pumpers," who inject industrial-grade silicone into patients' bodies. Complications range from infection to death. "Our message is very clear and very easy to remember," said ASPS President Malcolm Roth. "Consumers need to investigate their medical provider's background. ... Anyone can wear a white coat and claim to be a plastic surgeon, but not everyone is a plastic surgeon and not everybody is qualified to perform cosmetic procedures." National Public Radio (text and audio) (9/26)