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What should I do if a doctor refuses to do my cosmetic surgery?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
Each week I refuse to operate on patients for cosmetic surgery due unrealistic expectations, psychological reasons, or just not an appropriate candidate for the surgery. We board-certified plastic surgeons have the responsibility to provide ethical and care that meets the high standards of the American Board of Plastic Surgeons. 
Arthur W. Perry, MD
Plastic Surgery
If you are not a good candidate for cosmetic surgery, a doctor who saves you from going under the knife is doing you a great service. You should heed that advice well, and think carefully before shopping around for another surgeon who is willing to accept your risks. The benefits of surgery should far outweigh the risks. When the risks rise, as in a patient with diabetes, heart disease, or another chronic or emotional illness, the chance of a problem after surgery increases. And sometimes those problems could result in spiraling complications or even death.

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