Nafsika's Story: How a Botched Breast Procedure Led to Double Mastectomy

When Nafsika Lourentzatos was younger, she wanted to have bigger breasts, but didn't want to have surgery. Instead, she underwent a procedure in which silicone was injected into her breasts, tragically leading to cancer and a double mastectomy. Nafsika's story highlights the importance of always doing your homework when considering plastic surgery and choosing a highly-trained, board-certified plastic surgeon to ensure the safest outcome.

 What Is Board-Certification in Plastic Surgery?

Choosing a plastic surgeon you can trust begins with making sure your surgeon is board certified. ASPS Member Surgeons in the United States and Canada must meet rigorous standards:
  • Board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery® (ABPS) or in Canada by The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada®
  • Complete at least six years of surgical training following medical school with a minimum of three years of plastic surgery residency training
  • Pass comprehensive oral and written exams
  • Graduate from an accredited medical school
  • Complete continuing medical education, including patient safety each year
  • Perform surgery in accredited, state-licensed, or Medicare-certified surgical facilities
  • Adheres to a strict Code of Ethics
Learn More About ASPS Member Surgeon Qualifications

 More Patient Stories & Safety Videos

Watch stories from real patients, along with public safety announcements from ASPS, highlighting the importance of doing your homework.

Plastic Surgery Resources

View before and after photos submitted by ASPS Member Surgeons, find a board-certified surgeon near you, or learn more about cosmetic and reconstructive procedures.