The pitfalls of bad cosmetic surgery

Americans spend billions of dollars a year on dangerous cosmetic procedures like Botox or collagen injections, but there can be real risks that the person performing the procedure may not be using real treatments.

Dr. Seth Matarasso, clinical professor of dermatology at UCSF, has tips on how you can protect yourself.

  • Be educated. Ask your doctor about his practice and confirm that he is licensed.
  • Ask the doctor for credentials and find out where he trained.
  • Ask to see the doctor's equipment.
  • Have a consultation first, and then do your homework before having any procedures done.

About Dr. Seth Matarasso

Dr. Seth L Matarasso is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University Of Buffalo School Of Medicine. He received his post graduate medical training at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine and the University Of California School Of Medicine in San Francisco where he completed a fellowship in Mohs Micrographic and Cutaneous Surgery. He is a Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University Of California School Of Medicine in San Francisco and recently was the recipient of the Outstanding Teacher of the Year at that institution. He is recognized as an expert in the field of cosmetic dermatology and has published over 75 articles in the peer reviewed literature and has presented 300 lectures nationally and internationally. He currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, Archives of Dermatology, Dermatologic Surgery, and Cutis. He is on the Board of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery and is the President of the California Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery.

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