Medical Moonlighting: Doctors Learning Cosmetic Procedures to Make Cash

Botox training for dentistsRecently The Today Show highlighted the fact that an increasing number of family practitioners, gynecologists, dentists and spas are performing cosmetic procedures simply by taking a few weekend courses. These weekend courses are not nearly as comprehensive as the three years of training during residency that board certified dermatologists complete after medical school.

Patients should always do their research before seeing a new physician especially when they are interested in cosmetic procedures.  Concerns should arise when these unqualified doctors or spas are offering deeply discounted prices for cosmetic procedures because this typically means the technician is undertrained or using illegal products.

We want to ensure our patients that both Dr. Mary Lupo and Dr. Kate Holcomb are board certified dermatologists who have specific education and training in medical and cosmetic dermatology and participate in continuing-education programs to stay up to date on the latest procedures.  Dr. Lupo is an internationally recognized teacher and lecturer at respected meetings and is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology and a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology.  Dr. Holcomb is also board certified by the American Board of Dermatology, and she is a clinical professor at Tulane University School of Medicine and trains residents in the Tulane Resident Cosmetic Clinic.

Click here to read Dr. Lupo’s Tips on Selecting a Qualified Dermatologist.

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