BRITAIN'S NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE DIRECTOR WEIGHS IN ON MINIMALLY INVASIVE PROCEDURES
Patients who have non-surgical cosmetic treatments are being exposed to "unreasonable risks" and "permanent damage" because of a lack of appropriate training for those carrying them out, the man leading a review of plastic surgery standards has said. NHS medical director Sir Bruce Keogh said his report on the state of the industry, ordered after the faulty PIP breast implants scandal, would make recommendations to make sure patients "were in safe hands" when it is released later this month.It is believed this will mean a new law requiring everyone from beauty therapists to medically-trained doctors to have additional formal qualifications before carrying out treatments. Sir Bruce said he was worried that non-surgical procedures - which include dermal fillers, or laser treatment for wrinkles or hair reduction - make up 90% of the sector but are largely unregulated. "All too often we hear of cases that shine a light on poor practices in the cosmetic surgery industry," he said. "I am concerned that some practitioners who are giving non-surgical treatments may not have had any appropriate training whatsoever. "This leaves people exposed to unreasonable risks, and possibly permanent damage. "And our research has shown that the public expect procedures that are so widely available to be safe whereas they are largely unregulated."There is a clear need for better quality, recognised training for the people performing these operations. "My review will make a number of recommendations for making sure people who choose to undergo these procedures are in safe hands."
I was born in New Orleans. I obtained my B.A. degree with Distinction and Phi Beta Kappa Honors from the University of Colorado. I obtained my M.D. degree from L.S.U. Medical Center. I completed a 5 year surgery residency specializing in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery in Denver Colorado. I served in the military and spent two years in Germany at Landstuhl Army Medical Center. From 1983-1985, I trained in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Miami, Florida under world renowned plastic surgeon, Dr. Ralph Millard. I have been in solo practice for over 20 years performing cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. I have obtained Board Certification by two boards recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialities: The Amercian Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery. I have served as President of the Tulsa County Medical Society and Chief of Surgery at St. John Medical Center. It has been an honor and priviledge to provide surgical care to my patients.