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Question Expanding scope of Private Practice??

I am a medical student and planning to do a residency in Internal Medicine and then open a private practice. I plan to take short courses in cosmetic work and practice common cosmetic surgical procedures like liposuction, breast/butt/chin/neck lift, etc. I am aware of how general practitioners can perform botox, more removal, spider vein removal, hair regrowth, etc
Is it possible to get in that aspect of practice being a primary care doctor. Please shine some light on it.
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I know several family medicine physicians who perform the simple outpatient bedside procedures you mentioned and many more.

It's very lucrative business. But you have to go to family medicine in order to practice that wide.

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I think Lipo is more governed by plastics and gen surg. I wouldn't imagine an IM/FM providing procedures like that even if they knew how as malpractice would be too high, or worse off uncovered.
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not possible as IM primary care. you'd be a malpractice time bomb if you do.

only possible for FM but for only certain simple procedures - injections, mole removal, cyst excisions, suturing, NSD, ligations, etc. but definitely not - lipo, lifts or any procedures having cosmetics as family name.
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