If You've Ever Considered a Cosmetic Procedure, You Should Definitely Read This



In a perfect world, choosing a medical professional (regardless of the treatment you're seeking) wouldn't be difficult, it wouldn't be confusing, and it surely wouldn't be dangerous. And while in no way are we trying to scare you, knowledge is power—especially where your body and safety are concerned.

So if you've ever contemplated any type of cosmetic treatment (from the comparatively less invasive likes of chemical peels and fillers to something more invasive like liposuction or breast augmentation), it's paramount to do your research.

We're not experts on the subject—and would never ever claim to be—but we're lucky enough to have access to some of the best board-certified medical minds in the industry. And after hearing one too many stories of surgeries gone awry (largely due to unlicensed medical professionals performing cosmetic procedures they had no business performing), we were seeking some answers. 

We reached out two board-certified (not to mention bad-ass) female doctors who are leaders of the pack when it comes to experience, education, certification, and care in their practice: Nancy Samolitis, MD, a dermatologist with specialty training in cosmetic dermatology and co-founder of Facile Dermatology + Boutique, and Anita Patel, MD, FACS, a plastic and cosmetic surgeon who's in her ninth year of private practice based in Beverly Hills.

Both Patel and Samolits want you to be as informed, safe, and satisfied with your medical care as we do, so they provided us with some helpful insight when it comes to choosing a qualified, safe, and trustworthy medical professional. From red flags to must-have certifications, we've got you covered. Keep reading for eight things to keep in mind if you've ever considered a cosmetic procedure.