Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Verne Weisberg Speaks to The Dangers of Medical Tourism.

Portland, ME, July 14, 2015: Owner and Founder of The Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Verne Weisberg posted a new blog on his website entitled, “When Medical Tourism Turns Into Medical Disaster.” Death is not something anyone thinks about when considering plastic surgery, however, it can and does happen according to Dr. Weisberg.

Verne Weisberg (New)Weisberg writes, “A recent report of the untimely death of a 23-year-old American woman whose death is related to a liposuction procedure performed in the Dominican Republic brings to mind the inherent dangers of medical tourism. Despite its popularity in recent years, this recent tragedy is a reminder to be particularly mindful.” He adds, “According to a 2014 report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 19 women throughout the United States who developed infections and complications after having cosmetic surgery performed in the Dominican Republic.”

As Weisberg explains, “Good surgical care involves more than the technical act of surgery. It requires extensive, careful preoperative consultation, deliberate formulation of reasonable treatment plans, and implementation of proper postoperative care.” It stands to reason the, as Weisberg continues, “When patients don’t spend the proper amount of time recuperating and return home with no plan for follow-up care complications can arise. Post-operative visits are critical to ensure the patient’s body is healing appropriately and to ensure that infection does not occur.”
Very often, clinics performing cosmetic procedures in some countries do not adhere to the same strict safety standards as required in the U.S. That’s not to say there are not qualified plastic surgeons abroad. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is the world’s largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons and the Society has members in more than 70 countries around the world.
Most importantly, adds Weisberg, “You want to ensure that your cosmetic surgery makes you look and feel your best. The cost savings of traveling to another country cannot compare to the life threatening complications that can arise.”

The entire blog can be found

About Dr. Weisberg

Dr. Verne Weisberg is board certified with two surgical specialties. His first board certification is in otolaryngology (ENT), after three years of training at the prestigious Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Weisberg was then privileged to complete his plastic surgical residency at Yale University, after which he was invited to join the faculty. While a resident at Yale, Dr. Weisberg spent several months at New York University Medical Center and Manhattan Eye and Ear Hospital where he studied aesthetic surgery. In 1987, Dr. Weisberg was appointed Assistant Professor of Surgery (Plastic) by Yale University, where he taught the general surgery and plastic surgery residents. During that time, he developed a love for clinical practice and cosmetic surgery, especially after having developed the first university-based aesthetic surgery practice on his own.

For more than 26 years, Dr. Weisberg has developed the premier Aesthetic Surgical Practice in northern New England. As a double-boarded surgeon, he is uniquely trained in all aspects of facial plastic surgery with a special interest in rhinoplasty, both primary and revisional, as well as face-lifting. Dr. Weisberg enjoys performing the full variety of aesthetic plastic surgery, especially body contouring after weight loss as well as breast augmentation and lifting. Dr. Weisberg has been a pioneer in limited incisional surgery
for reducing breasts, and has introduced cutting edge procedures and has written many articles on advanced techniques in aesthetic and cosmetic surgery.

About The Plastic Surgery Center

The Plastic Surgery Center is a certified surgical facility, AAAASF (American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc.) where we offer you a comfortable and relaxed setting with state-of-the-art technology in cosmetic surgery
We have a highly experienced and professional staff who will help make your time with us a positive experience from the initial consult with Dr. Weisberg and our Patient Care Coordinator, to surgery and then after care. We believe that each person is an individual with unique needs. To meet those needs we are committed to providing and maintaining unparalleled standards of care, excellence, quality, and above all, compassion. Our goal is to help people feel good about themselves by bringing out the beauty that’s been there all along.