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Cosmetic surgeons react to controversial billboards

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Last week, we showed you some controversial billboards going up across the Wasatch paid for by the Utah plastic surgery society.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Last week, we showed you some controversial billboards going up across the Wasatch paid for by the Utah plastic surgery society. On them are warnings about what can happen if you don't choose a board certified plastic surgeon for your cosmetic procedures. Those ads are causing outrage among cosmetic surgeons in town. One contacted ABC 4 to defend himself against what he calls a heartbreaking low blow.

"That’s just below the belt type advertising. I understand clever and classy type advertising, sexy stuff, but this is below the belt," said Dr. Drake Vincent, M.D.

Vincent's first degree was in dentistry. Then, he went on to get a medical degree and became a licensed physician and facial surgeon in the state of Utah.

"You know I could either do 24 months of plastic surgery training or I could do 72 months of facial surgery. In my opinion it's much easier to drift from the face down than it is from the body up," Vincent said.

He claims the Utah plastic surgeons who posted these billboards were making a direct jab at him because he has a dental degree, which he said was nonsense.

"This isn't like, I’m a dentist doing teeth in the morning then doing breast surgery in the afternoon," he said.

Vincent invited us into his practice for a day where we saw a liposuction procedure and a breast augmentation.

"I think that I’m every bit, if not more qualified to perform the procedures that I do," Vincent said.

We wanted to know the difference between a cosmetic surgeon and a plastic surgeon. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, "plastic surgery encompasses both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery." the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery states cosmetic surgeons focus on “the enhancement of appearance through surgical and medical techniques.”

No matter what type of surgeon you choose for your cosmetic procedure, Doctor Vincent said just make sure you do your research.

"Be wise about your beauty. If you're going to have a cosmetic surgeon do your procedure, research your doctor," he said.

Both cosmetic surgeons and plastic surgeons have a board certification process where the doctor must have a certain amount of education and training. Click here to learn more about plastic surgery, and here to learn more about cosmetic surgery.


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