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?
- 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