Understanding Risks

ANESTHESIA AND SAFETY

Anesthesia

Dr. Mark Landon is an outstanding anesthesiologist dedicated to your safety and comfort.

Dr. Landon is a native San Diegan, a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine, and trained in anesthesia at the University of California, San Diego.  He is Certified by the American Board of Anesthesiologists, has decades of successful professional experience, and is highly respected by his peers.  Dr. Landon will likely call you the evening prior to your operation to answer your anesthesia questions, and you’ll meet him at our surgery center the morning of your procedure.

During your operation, Dr. Landon is with you continuously, maintaining your safety and comfort. As you awaken after the procedure, Dr. Landon manages your recovery with nursing staff until you’re able to return home.

Safety (We Worry So You Don’t Have To!)

 

For all aesthetic procedures, Dr. Laverson’s mature surgical judgment, his high ethical standards, his many years of experience, the quality of his support team, and protective systems in place help secure your safety and your satisfaction.

Plastic surgery and anesthesia are safe. The vast majority of cases proceed uneventfully and problem free. Although your final outcome may exceed expectations, this cannot be guaranteed in advance. Surgery is an inexact science.  Many factors are unpredictable.  Revision of an unsatisfactory result is sometimes indicated.  Revision may not produce a result you’re pleased with, may delay your recovery, and will add unanticipated expense. Serious complications are rare, but  possible.  Age, general health, lifestyle, ability to follow care instructions, and other factors determine risk.  Complete disclosure of your medical history to Dr. Laverson at the initial consultation is important. This helps Dr. Laverson and the anesthesiologist assess your risk and take steps to minimize the chance of a problem or complication. This may include personalized genetic testing.  The most likely possible complications will be presented to you in advance of your procedure. You will be asked to read, understand, and sign the applicable informed consent document(s), which are posted HERE.  This information must be incorporated into your most important decision: Whether or not the expected benefit (advantages) of the procedure you are considering is worth the risks of the procedure (disadvantages). Remember, your face and body are the most precious items you own.

You are protected at Feel Beautiful!

Many private, state, and federal agencies and state and federal laws regulate Dr. Laverson and Feel Beautiful. The rules, regulations, and requirements imposed upon our operations by these watchdogs help protect you, the consumer of services.  Not all physicians, surgeons, and practices elect governance by these organizations, but the highest quality providers do.  “Cosmetic surgeons” and other cosmetic service providers may be trained or certified by organizations with different standards.  Outside of the United States, you may not benefit from these consumer protections, and federal laws do not apply. We  pay extra for their oversight,  but Dr. Laverson abides by the mission and philosophy of the following entities which contribute to your safety at Feel Beautiful, and thus, by diminishing risk, add value to your purchase:

ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education)

A private, non-profit council that evaluates and accredits medical residency programs in the United States. Dr. Laverson trained at accredited programs in General Surgery and in Plastic Surgery.

ABMS (American Board of Medical Specialties)

A non-profit organization recognized as the “gold standard” in physician certification, believes higher standards for physicians means better care for patients. ABMS recognizes the American Board of Plastic Surgery as the only specialty board certifying physicians to perform cosmetic surgery.

American Board of Surgery (ABS)

An independent non-profit organization founded in 1937 to certify surgeons who have met a defined standard of education, training, and knowledge. Surgeons certified by the ABS, known as diplomates, have completed a minimum of five years of surgical residency training following medical school and successfully completed a written and oral examination process administered by the ABS. Dr. Laverson is a diplomat of the American Board of Surgery (1992).

American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS)

Founded in 1937, The American Board of Plastic Surgery promotes safe, ethical, efficacious plastic surgery to the public by maintaining high standards for the education, examination, certification, and maintenance of certification of plastic surgeons as specialists and sub-specialists. Dr. Laverson was certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery in 1995, and re-certified in 2005.

American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)

The largest plastic surgery specialty organization in the world, the society is composed of board certified plastic surgeons who perform cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. The mission of ASPS is to advance quality care to plastic surgery patients by encouraging high standards of training, ethics, physician practice, and research in plastic surgery. The society advocates for patient safety, such as requiring members to operate in accredited surgical facilities that have passed rigorous external review of equipment and staffing. Dr. Laverson is an active member of the ASPS.

American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)

The leading organization of plastic surgeons certified by the ABPS (see above) who specialize in cosmetic surgery of the face and entire body.  Membership in ASAPS means that a board certified plastic surgeon has met the highest standards for education and experience in cosmetic plastic surgery. Dr. Laverson is an active member of the ASAPS.

American College of Surgeons (ACS)

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons founded in 1913 to improve the quality of care fr the surgical patient by setting high standards for surgical education and practice. Members of the ACS are referred to as “fellows.”The letters FACS (Fellow, American College of Surgeons) after a surgeon’s name mean that the surgeon’s education and training, professional qualifications, surgical competence, and ethical conduct have passed a rigorous evaluation, and have been found to be consistent with the high standards established and demanded by the College. Dr. Laverson was inducted and became a fellow of the ACS in 1997.

Medical Board of California

The mission of this state agency is to protect healthcare consumers through the proper licensing and regulation of physicians and surgeons and through the vigorous, objective enforcement of the Medical Practice Act. Dr. Laverson has had a California license to practice medicine in good standing since 1984.

American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF)
(Facility 6198)

Dr. Laverson and our staff operates Feel Beautiful Plastic Surgery, AAAASF facility 6198, a Class C (general anesthesia) outpatient surgery center that abides by established standards of safety, administration, equipment and supplies, hygiene, organization, and professionalism.  Surveys are conducted annually to maintain compliance, and continuous self-assessment, evaluation, and improvement.  Dr. Mark Landon, your anesthesiologist, is a surveyor for AAAASF.  For more information, visit aaaasf.org.

Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)

The mission of JCAHO is to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations (“Helping Health Care Organizations Help Patients”). Dr. Laverson performs reconstructive surgery only in JCAHO accredited hospitals.

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

The mission of the DEA is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States. The DEA licenses physicians and surgeons to dispense legally produced controlled substances such as narcotic analgesics. Dr. Laverson maintains a DEA permit.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

A division of the Dept. of Health and Human Services, the mission of the FDA, among other functions, is to assure to the public that medicines and medical devices are safe and effective, that medical products have proper labels, and that cosmetic products are safe. All medications, injections, and devices prescribed, used in your care, or implanted by Dr. Laverson are FDA approved.

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