Yahoo! Finance consults Dr. Devgan for tips on finding the right doctor

As the interest for cosmetic procedures continues to climb, it is important that those interested stay informed and knowledgable. Yahoo! Finance utilizes Dr. Devgan’s expertise and knowledge in the industry in order to help people understand the situation at hand. A new RealSelf survey conducted online by The Harris Poll reveals “59 percent of women in the U.S. do not know there is a difference between a cosmetic surgeon and a plastic surgeon.” This creates an issue because it enables people to receive treatments from people who are not necessarily the most qualified.

Plastic surgeons and cosmetic surgeons differ in that in order to be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, surgeons must have at least six years of residency training. On the other hand, certification from the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery only requires one year. Dr. Devgan stresses that as nonsurgical treatments become more accessible, "patients must understand that it’s crucial to use RealSelf to fact-check a doctor’s credentials before booking a treatment.”

If you are thinking about getting a treatment done, make sure you utilize everything in order to make sure the doctor is suitable. Medical professionals “do not have to be board certified in plastic surgery to perform surgical cosmetic procedures such as rhinoplasty or breast augmentation,” so it is important to use tools, like RealSelf, to make sure that you see a doctor that is satisfactory. Learn more about this here.