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Vetting Physicians Practicing Cosmetic Medicine And Plastic Surgery

In 2011 consumers spent approximately $10 billion dollars on cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures, and economic indicators imply demand for procedures like breast augmentation and body contouring (i.e., liposuction) will continue to increase by at least 3%-5% annually for the foreseeable future. This volume leads to increased competition for providing these medical services, which is a major benefit of a market economy. However, there are some potholes for patients to consider and hopefully avoid. Many physicians who are not board certified by ASPS are trying to move away from the bureaucratic hassles of practicing medicine with insurance companies in order to focus their business on fee-for-service practices such as plastic surgery. Because plastic surgery procedures are generally elective, they are not covered by insurance, and that means the patient pays out-of-pocket. One exception would be reconstructive breast surgery following a mastectomy. For instance, physicians like dermatologists and OBGYN’s are marketing themselves as cosmetic surgeons because the rules permit them to do so. It is not uncommon for dermatologists to offer surgical procedures traditionally left to board certified plastic surgeons. Physicians who have specialized in plastic surgery all their career, who have received board certification in that area, who are involved with academia and teaching medical school students are those best suited to help patients looking for surgical interventions like breast augmentation and liposuction. We do not mean to disparage these physicians, but specialties are within the medical community for a good reason. Dr. Michael Eisemann has dedicated his 30+ year career to plastic and reconstructive surgery as well as academic medicine; therefore, he has performed thousands of procedures and remains on the cutting edge.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dr. Michael Eisemann, Dr. Bradley Eisemann, and the entire staff at Eisemann Plastic Surgery are committed to the health and safety of all of our patients and ourselves.

We are thankful to be connected to Houston Methodist Hospital, one of the most respected hospitals in the country. Because of this, our screening policy is aided by the hospital's official policies and checkpoint screening measures completed prior to entering our building. These measures allow us to do everything we can, at this point in time, to minimize the chance that we expose ourselves or our patients to someone who has been sick or contagious with the virus.

We are set up to perform new consults and patient follow-ups via ZOOM video conferencing.

As of Monday, March 23rd, our office is open. We are open and seeing select patients. If you are currently on the schedule, please call our office if you have any concerns about your own health.

While all major hospitals have stopped elective surgery at this time, we are very selectively performing indicated operative procedures in our procedure room and in our AAAASF certified operating room under local and IV sedation.

As always, both Dr. Michael Eisemann and Dr. Bradley Eisemann are available by phone and email to answer any questions you may have.

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