John B. Harris MD

Is There A Mandatory Two-Week Waiting Period For Cosmetic Surgery?

Is There A Mandatory Two-Week Waiting Period For Cosmetic Surgery?

The Australian Society of Plastic Surgery and the Australian Department of Health are correct in their assessment that too many patients rush to have their cosmetic procedure without a thorough vetting of their surgeon and the options available to them.

The proposed two-week “cooling-off” period would (1) allow patients a more thorough inspection of the surgeon’s credentials to be assured that they were board-certified in the field that they practice;  and (2) allow patients to seek second opinions to ensure the procedure proposed is appropriate and the best for them.

Most quality board-certified plastic surgeons need at least one-to-two weeks of time to evaluate the patient’s medical issues to ensure the patient is a good candidate for surgery. This ensures the best outcome for the patient, the surgeon and the facility providing the surgical service – Dr. John Harris

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