Complimentary Cosmetic Consult
To obtain a complimentary cosmetic consult
1) Bring a copy of this web page to our office.
2) Please understand that Dr. Capuano offers complimentary consultations for cosmetic procedures. When you schedule an office appointment you are reserving Dr. Capuano’s time.
3) Fill out our information form (click here)
If you cannot keep your appointment, the courtesy of at least 48 hours notice is requested.
If you do not call to cancel your appointment, we will not offer another complimentary consultation. A consultation fee will apply.
EVALUATION of SCARS due to accident or injury may be billable to your insurance company or may be a self pay fee.
QUALIFIED PLASTIC SURGEON
Look for proof of Board Certification in Plastic Surgery.
Doctors say they are board certified. Check this out and verify the claim of being a plastic surgeon. The best place to check this is at the American Board of Medical Specialties. If you do not see the name then chances are the individual is not a plastic surgeon.
Also look at the web site of The American Board of Plastic Surgery
The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) is responsible in the USA to provide adequate examinations for those seeking certification. There are a lot of ‘boards’ out there. These are ‘boards’ formed just like you would form a corporation. You hire an attorney and you buy a name. They are many ‘companies’ with little to no meaning as to the quality of its members.
The so called American Board of Cosmetic surgery is not recognized (through 2015) as valid by the ABMS. It was made a corporation by a group of doctors who wanted to do cosmetic surgery. They were so called facial plastic surgeons, general surgeons, dermatologists and even psychiatrists. The training of such individuals obviously varies and there is no quality control overseeing their training.
Frequently M.D.s or D.O.s with no formal surgical training whatsoever, are being trained ‘on the job’ to do cosmetic surgery. Remember – dermatologists – ear nose and throat doctors – gynecologists and even family practitioners can do ‘plastic surgery’. It is not illegal to call themselves plastic surgeons.
Recently a dentist in Tennessee tried to get privileges to do facelifts, eyelid surgery, nasal surgery, etc,etc,etc. The courts to this point have said no. So beware.
Also, ask if the doctor has hospital privileges in a major hospital to do such operations. California has taken measures to stop unqualified individuals from doing cosmetic surgery. California law states that surgeons doing office surgery must have privileges to do such surgery in a hospital. Apparently this is California’s attempt to stop under-trained surgeons from hurting people in their offices away from the Quality Assurance rograms of the hospitals.
Some doctors claiming to be plastic surgeons are otolaryngologists (ear nose and throat doctors). They call themselves facial plastic surgeons. Their board certification will be by the American Board of Otolaryngology.