Many of us have an implicit trust in our doctors. Maybe a family member or friend has recommended them. Maybe their web site looked nice. Many of us simply want to trust them because we need the peace of mind, that reassurance that we are making a good decision.
When it comes to plastic surgery, it is imperative that you take the time to become well informed, to research all of your options and to be critical of the information you discover. Unfortunately, a lack of proper legislation in Canada has resulted in many consumers making poor decisions regarding their health by choosing a doctor who has NOT received the appropriate plastic surgery training.
Lack of appropriate legislation means that Cosmetic Surgery can be performed by anyone who is licensed as a doctor. There is no formal specialty of “Cosmetic Surgery”, nor any regulations regarding which physicians can assume the designation of “Cosmetic Surgeon”. Also, because of the lucrative nature of the cosmetic surgery, it’s not unheard of to find individuals who are not doctors, and have minimal to no medical background, who perform cosmetic surgery procedures!
It is up to you the consumer to ensure that the person you are seeing has the proper qualifications and training. There are more than 150 self-designated boards and societies, but only The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Certification ensures that the surgeon has gone through the appropriate training and has passed a national exam to assess knowledge, skill, and safety.
Dr. Martin Jugenburg has obtained this certification. Dr. Jugenburg is certified by the Royal College of Physicians of Canada as a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. He also holds a medical degree from the University of Toronto and was one of the few applicants selected worldwide to train at the internationally renowned Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, where he learned from the top plastic surgeons in the world. Dr. Jugenburg is currently a member in good standing with several nationally recognized medical associations and has years of experience performing cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries.
To ensure that your doctor is a certified specialist in Plastic Surgery, a number of organizations in Canada can help:
Note that “Membership” here does NOT represent any qualification or training. Click on the links below to review their membership criteria.
Many other American and International “Academies” and “Societies” that are created to sell fancy looking titles and diplomas to members who simply pay membership fees.