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Dec 18, 2012

Should your favorite well-qualified dentist deliver your baby?

dentistThe news is laden with terrible stories of botched cosmetic procedures like laser hair removal burns, droopy eyebrows from improper administration of Botox, and even deadly liposuction procedures.

Most of these incidences could be avoided by seeing board-certified physicians who are formally trained within the actual field of cosmetic surgery. No matter how much you love your podiatrist, your well-qualified dentist, or your favorite mall spa, you wouldn't elect to have them deliver your baby or investigate your symptoms of a stroke or heart attack... no matter how inexpensive they were. Cosmetic procedures, while becoming more and more common, are no different.

Dr. White and Dr. Woodall provide cosmetic surgery procedures ONLY within the scope of their extensive training and in the ONLY AAAHC certified dermatologic surgery center in the greater Charlotte area and all of the entire state of South Carolina. They are both board-certified dermatologists are also Fellows of the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery.

The American Academy of Dermatology Association and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association agree. The following is a letter to the editor of USA Today following a two-part series on the risks of cosmetic surgery:

USA Today
Letters to the Editor
7950 Jones Branch Dr.
McLean, VA 22108

Dear Editor,

Thank you for the recent two-part series on the risks of cosmetic surgery.

Dermatologists are concerned about the growing number of non-physicians and other doctors who are performing cosmetic procedures outside their scope of training. Locations such as spas, walk-in clinics or malls offer convenience, but typically are not required to follow the same laws as doctors’ offices, surgery centers, or hospitals.  This can threaten a patient’s safety and have devastating results.

Patients should choose an appropriate board-certified medical doctor to ensure their health and safety during and after cosmetic procedures. Like plastic surgeons, facial plastic surgeons, and occuloplastic surgeons, dermatologists have the medical education, training and experience to perform cosmetic surgery.

Dermatologists have led many of the innovations and safety advances in cosmetic procedures.  A dermatologist developed tumescent liposuction which uses local anesthesia rather than general anesthesia.  Research confirms that tumescent liposuction is the safest form of this procedure when performed by a medical doctor with proper education, training and expertise.  Dermatologists also were quick to understand the power and effectiveness of the laser and use it for tattoo removal and skin resurfacing.

We encourage the public to ask their doctors questions and get references before undergoing any medical procedure.  This is critical to ensuring their health and safety.


Ronald L. Moy, MD, FAAD, President
American Academy of Dermatology Association

Richard G. Bennett, MD, President
American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association

If you are interested in learning more about skin cancer treatments, skin cancer surgery, medical dermatology or cosmetic dermatology in the Rock Hill, South Carolina, and Charlotte, North Carolina metro area, click here to request an appointment with Dr. Timothy Woodall, Dr. Richard White, or Ms. Kristin Berka. Or you can call our office, The Palmetto Skin & Laser Center, at (803) 329-6030 to schedule your appointment.