Tragedy Following Illegal Surgery Underlines the Importance of Insisting on Board Certified Plastic Surgeons for Procedures, says Dr. J Plastic Surgery

The Beverly Hills-based double board-certified plastic surgeon comments on a recent article that plastic surgery has never been safer or more effective. On the other hand, using cut-rate providers with questionable credentials – or none at all – is a recipe for disaster.

A September 21 article on the Daily News details the arrest on murder charges of a mother-and-daughter team who illegally performed an illegal buttock augmentation procedure on a woman, with predictably tragic results. Police allege that neither woman had any medical training. Leading Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, Payam Jarrah-Nejad, M.D., F.I.C.S., F.A.C.S., known to colleagues and patients simply as Dr. J, says that this is a very extreme example of a serious misjudgment far too many prospective patients make.

Dr. J says that caution is a must when deciding to get plastic surgery. First and foremost, patients should only consider board-certified plastic surgeons. He adds that, while it is critical to stay very far away from shady providers who may not even be doctors, patients also need to know that simply having an MD may not make a physician fully qualified to perform plastic surgery. He adds that, on top of a regular medical degree and residency, young doctors must also obtain an additional two years of training to call themselves plastic surgeons. After that, they need to demonstrate their abilities by taking part in the rigorous board-certification process that establishes their skills in one of the most demanding of all medical specialties. Dr. J adds that patients should be aware that doctors who are not plastic surgeons are legally allowed to perform plastic surgeries. However, he adds, only board-certified plastic surgeons have the credentials to prove that they are capable of procedures that are consistently successful and as safe as possible.

The Beverly Hills-based plastic surgeon notes that looking for a plastic surgeon is no time to shop based on price. He says that patients need to consider the fact that, whether they are considering a breast augmentation or rhinoplasty, they will likely be living with the outcome of their procedure for the rest of their lives. He adds that, even if an operation is performed safely but is disappointing or worse on the aesthetic level, saving a few dollars on a less qualified physician is a very poor bet. While botched or even just disappointing procedures can often be remediated through revision procedures, says Dr. J, the ultimate costs in terms of money, time, and heartache are vastly more than if the patient had just gone with an outstanding board-certified plastic surgeon in the first place.

About Dr. Payam Jarrah-Nejad, Dr. J

Payam Jarrah-Nejad, MD, FICS, FACS is a double board certified Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon. Nicknamed Dr. J by his patients and staff, he holds certifications from both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. Dr. J is also an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and a Fellow of The American College of Surgeons.

Dr. J first started his medical career during an internship he held in NYU. It was during this time that he also began working with hospitals around the New York area. It was in New Jersey that he completed his training and served as Chief Resident at Morristown Memorial Hospital.

Certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Jarrah-Nejad received a fellowship at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City to specialize in hand surgery. The fellowship was under the guidance of Dr. Charles P. Melone which was a big influence on the young doctor. It was during his training at Wayne State University, Detroit Medical Center in Michigan that Dr. J found his true calling working with many well-known plastic surgeons.

Years later, practicing as a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. J still uses the same techniques he learned in his training in his frequent operation on the face and body. He is greatly admired by his staff and patients who happily contribute positive testimonials to his website.

Dr. J is known throughout the Los Angeles Area medical community as well as beyond it, for his record of outstanding outcomes and his engaging, patient-friendly personality. He has published a wide range of papers in many prestigious scientific and medical journals and has presented his research to local, regional and national symposia.

Finally, Dr. J has performed pro-bono surgery in several countries as part of humanitarian efforts helping children with congenital anomalies. He works side by side with charitable organizations devoted to providing needy children around the world with free plastic surgeries to repair such issues as cleft lips and palates.

Come into the beautiful world of Dr. J.

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