Don't let the coupons fool you: Even minor procedures require research

Every year, more men and women in Miami reach out to a board-certified plastic surgeon to enhance their figures and ultimately boost their self-esteem. However, somewhat alarmingly, the growing acceptance of plastic surgery has also seen a surge in under-qualified professionals trying to cash in on this demand. With that in mind, it's more essential than ever to do your research before committing to any procedure – no matter how minor it may seem – and to resist the temptation to snap up a discount.

In fact, because of the potential health risks posed by such impulse buys, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery recently released a press release advising consumers to be wary of online bargains.

"Frequently, non-surgical medical procedures are promoted on websites like Groupon, Lifebooker and Living Social, but it is important for prospective patients to keep in mind that procedures like microdermabrasion, Botox injections, chemical peels, and laser hair removal, while not surgical are still medical procedures," the source states.

That's not to say that every deal offered on these websites is suspect. Rather, it is in your best interest to investigate the clinics that are providing these deals before actually taking the plunge. For example, will there be a medical professional present to handle any complications should they arise? And what products, exactly, will they be administering? These questions and more can help you ensure that you're in good hands. 

It certainly isn't a crime to want to save a bit of cash when you can. But, when it comes to cosmetic surgery, there is simply no excuse for putting your health at risk in the process. Dr. Christopher Craft is a board-certified Miami plastic surgeon who can help you enhance your figure with minimal risk. 

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