A discount can excite shoppers to purchase something in just about any scenario, but it isn't always in their best interest. It's tempting to purchase certain cosmetic procedures on discount sites such as Groupon, but having a trusted and vetted provider is the only way to go.  Not researching your provider in advance can be downright dangerous.

How do you know if this is a trusted and vetted cosmetic provider?

Unfortunately, there are some providers out there who have chosen to go down a path of using fake injectables. This can be a huge safety and health hazard for patients. With your CosmeticPerks membership, you have access to safe treatments at 20% off and access to our network of vetted providers. However, if you are not a member yet, you should take some safety precautions.

Most recently, a South Florida doctor was accused of using fake Botox on patients. Plastic surgeon Adam Rubinstein shared with The Washington Post that cases like this one could happen because of the demand from clients for injectable treatments. He explained that plastic surgery “is costly to do the right way, and so there’s too much temptation for nefarious practitioners to get cheap material [and] offer the services at a cut-rate. It’s very tempting for the public.”

So how can you ensure you’re never in a similar situation?

It is essential to look for board-certified doctors and licensed providers when seeking out any cosmetic treatments. With your CosmeticPerks membership, you have access to our network of vetted professionals to ensure that you are receiving only the best treatments and care. 

What is the difference between different certifications?

A board-certified doctor has gone through a residency, internship, additional medical education, and has passed a general state exam. If you hear the term ‘not board-certified’ or ‘board qualified,’ this could mean someone has finished their residency in their specialty but has not taken their exam yet.

But aside from board-certified doctors, there are additional providers as well:

  • Physician Assistant (PA-C): Physician Assistants are trained to diagnose and treat illness. They also provide preventative care, take medical histories, examine and treat patients, and more. The ‘C’ means that the PA is certified by the National Commission of Certifications of PAs. This certification requires 100 hours of continued medical education every two years and passing a re-certification exam every six years to maintain the status.
  • Nurse Practitioner (NP): A nurse practitioner assesses patient needs, diagnoses illnesses and diseases, prescribes medication, orders and interprets tests, and creates treatment plans. 
  • Doctor of Medicine (MD): An MD is a medical physician who practices allopathic (science-based) medicine.
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO): Doctors of osteopathic medicine look at the body as a whole instead of treating specific symptoms. Most DO’s emphasize primary care and follow a similar education path and residency program as MD’s do.

Patients can verify if their doctor is board-certified using a search tool on certificationmatters.org, and see what specialty they are certified to practice. Board-certified doctors, including dermatologists, pediatricians, and more, meet the highest standard of medicine. They are experts in their field and yield the best possible results. These doctors are also certified by specific associations, such as the American Board of Dermatology or others.


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