The Houston Chronicle ran a story around a month ago about a mom and her two daughters who were arrested for illegally giving Botox injections. The arrest was actually the third time for the 50-year old mother who had been previously arrested for giving Botox without a medical license. Here at our Houston plastic surgery practice, we highly encourage our clients to be meticulous when it comes to looking for a qualified practitioner for their cosmetic surgery needs. Setting Apart the Fakes from the Qualified Practitioners So how exactly should you be able to spot the fake doctors from the truly qualified plastic surgery professionals? The checklist below will help: Check for the doctor’s credentials such as educational background, training, and experience. Do not hesitate to ask your doctor about his background and expertise on the procedure you are about to have. Check for the doctor’s hospital privileges. A plastic surgeon with hospital privileges means that he or she passed the hospital’s review and evaluation of his or her credentials and competencies to be allowed to operate in the venue. Check for the facility’s accreditation if the procedure is performed in an office-based clinic or any ambulatory setting. Ask from reliable sources if they can refer you to trusted and qualified cosmetic surgery professionals. One of these reliable sources may include your primary care doctor. Check your plastic surgeon’s competence during the initial consultation. A thorough consultation involves assessment of your medical history as well as existing health problems. The plastic surgeon in question should be able to answer all of your questions concerning the procedure. A good surgeon will also emphasize the importance of adhering to follow-up visits after the procedure to ensure the best possible outcome. Finding a Qualified Plastic Surgeon in Houston Houston plastic surgeon, Dr. Cortés, will help you achieve your cosmetic goals, whether it’s a subtle change or dramatic result you’re after. He is always looking for the best way to accomplish the patients’ goals by having a keen eye, highly developed skills, an open-minded attitude, and a vast knowledge of the most recent techniques in the art of plastic surgery. His main emphasis is on assertive individual attention to diagnose the underlying problem in each patient in order to recommend the best surgical options followed by exquisite patient care. Fill out this contact form to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cortés via email. You can also call us at (713) 234-6244. Together, we will review your goals, expectations, and medical history to advise you regarding the different existing options and provide you the highest quality care.