Do you really know all the credentials of your chosen plastic surgeon? If you don’t, now may be a good time to check them out.

According to NBC News, a growing number of professionals, other than those explicitly trained, are performing cosmetic procedures with less than perfect results.

Medical professionals such as gynecologists or dentists are extremely skilled in their fields, but this doesn’t mean they are just as good in another. Some of these professionals are taking weekend and night courses to gain experience in the cosmetic field.

Dermatologists do take courses similar to these, but it takes more than that to become an expert. These classes may be enough training for some professionals, but for optimal surgery results, consulting a surgeon who has undergone intense training and certification is the best route to go.

More than 10 million cosmetic procedures were performed in 2014, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).

With this field only seeming to grow over time, the number of people who will want a piece of its lucrative outcomes will also rise.

Having an untrained person or professional administer Botox, dermal fillers or other surgical procedures could have serious or even fatal results. Don’t be afraid to ask your surgeon where they attended medical school or how many times they have performed the procedure that you are interested in. Explore all outcomes of the surgery with your surgeon and ensure that you both understand what is most desired and how to achieve it.

If you are interested in having cosmetic work done, ensure that you consult with an experienced professional, like board-certified Dr. Lett, of The Lett Center in Mt. Juliet. Schedule a consultation today.