Plastic surgeons will not target plastic surgeons who cut out plastic containers for the purpose of making plastic surgery less expensive, a former patient of Dr. Mark R. Fischbach told NBC News on Wednesday.
Dr. Fichbach, who is now a plastic surgeon in Virginia, said he left the practice because he was told he would be cut out of the field.
“I had a long career with plastic surgeons and plastic surgery, and I knew they weren’t interested in this,” Dr. R. Michael Smith, a plastic surgery resident at Virginia Commonwealth University, told NBC.
Dr, Fichbaum said that the plastic surgeon community had become a “culture of self-preservation” in which “people are afraid to talk about their plastic surgery experiences because of how the community will be perceived.”
Dr. Smith said that he has seen patients who were not willing to be publicly identified because they feared being ostracized.
“A lot of the time, they didn’t want to come forward,” he said.
“They didn’t have any reason to say anything.
It’s a fear of the unknown.”
“People just wanted to keep it under wraps,” he added.
Dr Fichmeier, who has practiced plastic surgery for over 35 years, said that in his practice he has treated more than 20 patients who said they were not interested.
“There are some patients who say they don’t want their name out there because they’ve already had a bad experience,” he told NBC, “and they’re not willing or able to go through the trauma of a public shaming.”
Dr Fachmeier said that many patients “don’t even realize” they are not plastic surgeons.
“Some are afraid of being labeled,” he explained.
“The most common question is ‘What are you going to do with my life after I have surgery?’
It’s one of the hardest questions to answer.”
Dr R. David Shiffman, a surgical plastic surgeon who specializes in the face and body, told MSNBC that he would “rather see plastic surgery become a profession” than a medical specialty.
“In my opinion, plastic surgery has to be seen as a profession, not a medical service,” he noted.
“It’s the way we should look at it.”
He said that if plastic surgery had a career, it would focus on improving the quality of life for people with cosmetic surgeries.
Dr Shiffmans statement came after another former patient, Dr. Paul D. Karpinski, told The New York Times that he had been told by plastic surgeons he would not be allowed to perform cosmetic procedures on patients, because he is a plastic artist.
He added that his plastic surgeon father, who was also an orthopedic surgeon, told him he was not going to have surgery on his children.
“My dad, who’s an orthopaedic surgeon and an orthopharmist, told me that because of my plastic surgery background, I couldn’t do any plastic surgery,” Dr Karpinskis son, Dr David Karpinsky, told the Times.
“He told me he was going to keep my son out of surgery, but he had no idea that the family had had plastic surgery.”
Dr Karkinskis father said that when his son and his daughter-in-law complained about the surgery, he called the family to tell them about the procedure and asked that they stop complaining.
“One of my doctors said that they were just afraid to go to the surgery because they’re going to be labeled as having plastic surgery and they’re just scared to get in trouble,” Dr D. Michael Sperling, an orthomolecular plastic surgeon, wrote on his blog.
Dr Sperlings comments echo comments made by Dr. Karkinsky’s mother, Dr Evelyn Sperlin.
She wrote on Facebook that Dr. Sperlins father, Dr Karminski, and his mother had not been to surgery in years and that his mother told her about the operation when she went to visit him.
Dr Karinsky, who works as a plasticist at a hospital in Florida, did not respond to NBC News’ request for comment.
Dr David D. Boulware, a professor of orthophetics at the University of North Carolina, told Newsweek that his own parents, who are plastic surgeons, have not gone to plastic surgery in many years.
“If my parents had gone to surgery and not gotten surgery, it’s not the fault of their parents, it was the fault that I didn’t go to surgery,” he wrote on Twitter.
He said he had met Dr Karrinsky’s parents and said that his parents are very proud of their plastic surgeon son.
“At this point, I think Dr. Michael Fischbauer is one of those people who would have a major career in plastic surgery.
He’s a great surgeon and a good friend of mine,” Dr Boulwer said. He