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Sharon Stone Shares Botched Cosmetic Procedure Experience

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 27, 2010

Hundreds of celebrities choose to go under the knife each year, improving their appearance with popular procedures including Botox, liposuction, breast implants and tummy tucks.

However, not all procedures go smoothly, and many a celebrity has been put under the media spotlight to serve as an example of plastic surgery gone bad. Sharon Stone recently interviewed with More Magazine, and admitted that she had cosmetic surgery that ended up making her look “like a trout.”

The 52-year-old actress told Phil Bronstein, an editor of the San Francisco newspaper, that she began to feel insecure about her appearance after her divorce in 2004. She tells More Magazine, that “Nobody loves me. I’m 103. My life would be better if I had better lips.” The actress underwent lip augmentation surgery as a result, and her lips ended up becoming excessively large and unshapely. She admits that the procedure was done in her ‘moment of weakness’ and that she promises never to get plastic surgery again because the procedure made her look ‘like a trout.’

Botched procedures are nothing new, even for celebrities. Stars including Heidi Montag, Joan Rivers, Bruce Jenner, Dolly Parton and Donatella Versace have all been criticized and ridiculed about their cosmetic surgery makeovers in recent years, and some even serve as a poster child for bad plastic surgery. While some plastic surgeons can perform reversal procedures, some celebs just aren’t that lucky. In many cases, the botched procedure means the celebrity needs to spend a significant amount of time recovering while nature takes its course, or undergo a completely different procedure to correct and modify the results of the previous one.

In spite of the risks involved, celebrities and the average consumer alike are still making their way to the plastic surgery office for liposuction, Botox, breast implants and other procedures. As the economy recovers, many consumers are ready to make the investment for plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures – even with the inherent risks involved.

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Washington State Cosmetic Surgeon Botches Teen’s Breast Surgery

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 31, 2009

A cosmetic surgeon from Moses Lake, Washington has been accused of unprofessional conduct for a recent breast reduction and liposuction procedure performed on a 15-year old girl.

Dr. Thomas Laney reportedly lacked the education and training needed to perform both procedures and ended up botching the breast reduction procedure. The Medical Quality Assurance Commission reports that the patient’s breasts “now have an aesthetically odd and unnatural appearance” and the doctor should not have agreed to perform liposuction on the 15-year old girl.

The girl sued the doctor three years after the surgery was performed, and a complaint was submitted to the state board in late 2008. However, the Medical Quality Assurance Commission only just recently proceeded with filing charges.

According to Steven Fitzer, the doctor’s attorney, the patient had received permission from her parents to go ahead with the surgery. “She had sought out care from a number of plastic surgeons…she went through an elaborate evaluation and consent process. The parents were fully advised of the situation and signed multiple consent forms acknowledging the risks, benefit and alternatives to the procedure.” (Source: FoxNews.com)

The doctor holds a medical degree from the University of Nebraska and a dentistry degree from Creighton University of Nebraska. He is also certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and is a member of the American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

The American Board of Plastic Surgery continues to advise patients to do as much research as possible about the procedure and the surgeon before pursuing treatment. The organization points out that even when a doctor is board-certified, they may not have the experience and knowledge needed to perform certain types of surgery.

According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Dr. Laney had been sued 10 times by patients and their families in 2005.

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New York Plastic Surgery Center Admits to Using Counterfeit Botox

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 19, 2009

CB068304The American Society of Plastic Surgeons continues to warn consumers about the risks of getting ‘knock-off’ Botox, but only some patients are able to determine whether they are getting the real deal. In recent news, doctors and employees at a well-known plastic surgery center in Albany, New York have admitted to using counterfeit Botox at their practice, and even going so far as charging full price for the products. Patients that were administered the Botox knock-off were not told that they were receiving a sub-par product, and the plastic surgery center thereby committed a crime.

Plastic Surgery Group, LLP of Albany has pleaded guilty to felony charges for misrepresenting Botox at their clinic and selling it to unknowing consumers. The doctors and nurses were fined heavily and now have felony charges on their record.

Results of the investigation show that the Plastic Surgery Group had been dispensing knock-off Botox products since February 2004 when it stopped ordering the FDA-approved Botox off the shelf. The company purposely misled patients by having them sign patient intake forms and distributing marketing materials about Botulinum Toxin Type A and not disclosing that they would be administering an entirely different product.

Prosecutors report that The Plastic Surgery Group managed to rack up sales of more than $100,000 in the knockoff Botox treatments. They now face nearly half a million dollars in fines and must pay restitution to each and every patient.

Making sure that the cosmetic surgery center, medical spa or plastic surgery office is not using knock off products can be a challenge for first-time, and even return patients. The only thing a patient can do is do extensive research about their doctor, review client testimonials and verify whether the doctor is board-certified. Doctors who hold high standards for their practice and are board-certified may be less likely to compromise business ethics to make a profit.

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Plastic Surgeon Accused of Botching a Record 28 Operations

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 9, 2009

A plastic surgeon from Toronto, Canada is facing disciplinary action from the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons after 28 of her patients reported a botched procedure. One of the procedures resulted in the death of a 32-year-old real estate agent who died only a few hours after her liposuction procedure.

Dr. Behnaz Yazdanfar is under scrutiny from the College after receiving several extreme complaints about post-surgery pain and side effects. In the case of the woman who died after liposuction, her friends and relatives had reported that fluid was “oozing from the holes in her body” after the procedure. In another case, a 22-year old patient that underwent breast augmentation experienced extreme pain after the surgery, and one of her breasts was three times larger than the other. (Source: ThePlasticSurgeryChannel.com).

Over two dozen other disturbing reports from patients of Dr. Yazdanfar have been documented. She is not a certified plastic surgeon, but does hold a medical degree. The Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons has ordered Dr. Yazdanfar to stop treating all patients until the outcome of the case has been determined.

All prospective patients considering plastic or cosmetic surgery are advised to conduct thorough research about their physician before paying any type of deposit or signing any agreement for treatment. All board-certified plastic and cosmetic surgeons in the United States must adhere to strict patient initiation protocol which includes an in-office consultation to determine if the patient is even a good candidate for the procedure, and the signing of a disclosure that states that results are not guaranteed.

While it is ultimately up to the patient and doctor to proceed with the procedure, patients can make a more informed decision by learning as much as possible about the doctor, reviewing case studies or testimonials, and looking at before and after photos to determine the doctor’s skill level and abilities to perform the procedure.

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U.K. Flight Attendant Undergoes 30-Hour Plastic Surgery Makeover

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on April 12, 2009

An extreme makeover TV show in Great Britain recently selected a flight attendant from Lancashire to undergo a complete transformation, but the procedures that cost over $160,000 ended up leaving her with much more than she bargained for.

Nicola Stratton, 35, wanted to improve her looks with breast implants and the TV show, “A Brand New You” on Channel 5 in the U.K. offered to pay for the costs of her makeover as part of their makeover segment.  Nicola underwent 30 hours of plastic surgery in Los Angeles in order to achieve her ideal look; when it was finished, the audience was astounded at the dramatic transformation.  She went from a B-cup to a DD, and now had a very feminine, curvy figure. The surgeons also gave her facial liposuction and pinned her ears back as part o the transformation.

Unfortunately, there was more in store for this flight attendant looking for a self-esteem boost.  Her self-confidence improved considerably, and she finally felt ‘more feminine.’  However, the results did not last.  In late March 2009, only five years after her extensive makeover procedure, one of her implants burst and left her left breast sagging and loose.  The show makers are not paying for additional surgery, so Nicola has to fork over the $7,500+ for the breast correction and revision surgery.  She says that she simply cannot afford the procedure, and is worried that the other breast might burst as well.

The Los Angeles surgeon who performed the procedure did extend a 10-year warranty for the breast implants, so Nicola will only be responsible for surgery fees, the hospital stay and the flight to and from the U.S. However, this will easily cost her up to $10,000, and she is not prepared to pay the bill.

Nicola has been actively pursuing the TV show producers to see if they can help her out.  She says living with differently sized breasts is a nightmare. (Source: The Daily Mail)

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Queensland Woman Sues Practice for Botched Cosmetic Surgery

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on April 11, 2009

j0404952Even though cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures now use the latest technologies and advanced equipment, there are still a risks involved with even the simplest procedure.

Doctors and medical spa directors are required to inform and educate patients about potential risks and side effects, but it is ultimately up to the patient to make the decision to proceed with their procedure.  Unfortunately, the outcome isn’t always what the patient would have hoped for.

A 51-year Old mother from Cairns, Australia recently underwent a facelift but the surgeon did not perform the procedure correctly.  The woman was left with unbalanced features and she cannot close her eyes properly.  She’s now filing a class action law suit against the surgeon, and has found that she’s not the only victim of botched surgery by the same clinic.  According to The Cairns Post, the woman is devastated about the disfigurement she now has to deal with after a simple facelift procedure.

She says she spent nearly $20,000 for a facelift and neck lift, and ended up looking much worse than before the procedure. She isn’t alone.  Several women who have had procedures at the same surgery center ended up with disfigured bodies.  One woman had breast implant surgery and the implants started to move into a different position during her recovery period.

The women who had the botched facelift further explains that she had originally intended to just go in for a neck lift.  The doctor had suggested she get the facelift that would get rid of bags under her eyes, but the surgery left here with an exposed lower lid and excessive scarring under her eyes, around her chin and behind her ears.

The doctor who performed the surgeries is working with an attorney to defend the work, and denies any wrongdoing.  The case is being taken to court by a law firm in Brisbane.  (Source: Cairns.com.au)

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Malaysian Woman Dies After Liposuction

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on April 4, 2009

A 30-year old woman from Malaysia recently passed away during a follow-up procedure for liposuction surgery.  The woman weighed between 50-53 kg before she started the liposuction treatment, and had received 14 treatments in total since December 2007.  A police spokesman told the China Press the woman lost consciousness shortly after being injected with anesthetic. When she was given the anesthetic before starting her last procedure, she began vomiting and could not be resuscitated after passing out.  The effects of the liposuction procedure and subsequent surgeries were simply too much for her body to bear, and the woman died at the clinic within an hour.

According to the woman’s husband, she had been complaining about some pain in her hip after her previous procedure, and was returning to the doctor because her stomach had also started to hurt.  She had been taking painkillers for about a month to manage the pain, but then decided to return to the doctor for additional surgery. The doctor was supposed to perform surgery to remove some thread left in her abdomen from a previous procedure.

The beauty parlor in Kuala Lumpur that the woman was going to does have a license and has been offering liposuction procedures for over a year.

The National Population and Family Development Board’s Reproductive Division of Kuala Lumpur has already made public statements  about the risk involved with liposuction procedures, and points out that if the treatment is not performed properly, the liquidized fat can go to the brain and cause a stroke.  The treatment in Kuala Lumpur is currently only available at private clinics and medical centers, and experts point out how important it is to review the track record of theses centers in order to minimize risks and accidents. (Source: Yahoo! Malaysia News)

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ASAPS Warns Consumers About Breast Surgery Deals

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 23, 2009

no-saleCompetition is fierce among cosmetic and plastic surgeons during these tough economic times, and some are attracting patients by extending discounts, coupons and special offers for high-ticket procedures.

However, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery is encouraging consumers to look past marketing campaigns and make sure they are receiving professional treatment – especially for extensive procedures such as breast augmentation, facelift surgery and liposuction.

Professional breast augmentation doctors across the country undergo several years of training before they can perform breast implant procedures and other breast enhancement techniques successfully. Surgeons who have not received adequate training, or those who are new to the industry, may perform procedures that require revisions or end up causing extensive tissue and skin damage.

According to a recent press release about finding quality procedures , a ‘red flag’ that a doctor may not be working with the patient’s best interests in mind is a dramatic reduction in the price of the procedure; when quality counts, very few doctors are willing to lower their fees, and those that do may not be providing the best service.

Since there are so many risks involved with the procedure, the ASAPS encourages consumers to ask several questions and conduct extensive research before signing any type of agreement or contract with a surgeon. Some of the key questions to ask include:

  • Is the surgeon a member of the ASPS and/or ASAPS?
  • What is the expected recovery time?
  • How long will results last?
  • Are before-and-after procedures available?
  • Who will be performing the procedure?

Breast augmentation and breast enhancement surgery continue to be some of the most sought-after procedures, but the $4,000-$10,000+ price tag for surgery has left many people searching for a better deal.  Unfortunately, discounted surgery can turn out to be a costly mistake; the ASAPS is encouraging all consumers to review the full range of breast procedure options available by ASPS and ASAPS Member Surgeons – and pay the full fee if necessary.

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Leg Lengthening Among Top Five Cosmetic Procedures to Avoid

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 26, 2008

Walking tall is good for the posture and can even make you look slimmer.  However, if you’re not born with long, model-like legs, leg lengthening surgery can help you gain between 2- 4 inches – without heels.

Leg Lengthening Surgery

Leg Lengthening Surgery

The leg lengthening procedure involves cutting the leg bones and repositioning them using the ‘Ilizarov’ technique, a technique that is often used to treat bone fractures.  As the body rebuilds the broken bone and tissues, the result is a few extra inches at the joints of your knees or ankles, or other fractured area.

Still, leg lengthening is painful and risky enough to have been named one of the top five cosmetic procedures to avoid, according to Dr. Richard D’Amico, President of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.  Leg lengthening procedures run the risk of a permanently fractured state, a very slow healing process and can be very painful overall.

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The procedure has traditionally been performed for those who are unhappy with their short stature and feel it would improve the quality of their lives.  The price of the procedure can range between $50,000 and $75,000, and most people will be unable to walk for 2-3 months as the body repairs itself.

Dr. S. Robert Rozbruch, the Director and Chief of Service of the Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Program at the Hospital for Special Surgery, Cornell Medical Center explains the reasoning behind limb lengthening surgery in this article from the Huffington Post. The procedure is designed primarily for those of shorter stature; those considering leg lengthening purely for aesthetic purposes, leg lengthening surgery presents several risks.

The other four cosmetic procedures to avoid, according to Dr. D’Amico are:

1. LipoDissolve – injections that promise to ‘melt’ fat, but often lead to adverse side effects

2. Permanent injectable fillers – some run the risk of ‘migrating’ to non-treated areas of the face and causing permanent damage.

3. Foot surgery – runs several risks and complications

4. Buttocks implants – a high risk of infection in this area

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High Risk Cosmetic Procedures Continue to Disappoint, But Not Discourage New Patients

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 14, 2008

This Spring, several cosmetic and plastic surgeons shared their views on the riskiest and potentially dangerous cosmetic procedures, enlightening the public on the drawbacks of many popular treatments entering the market. In the Top 10 Cosmetic Procedures You Should Avoid from ABC News, treatments such as LipoDissolve, buttock implants, and permanent makeup reached the top of the list.

Still, thousands of people continue to flock to the nearest plastic and aesthetic surgery center to get their ‘fat dissolving’ injections, enhance the size of their breasts and buttocks, and settle for tattoos in order to forego makeup for good.

Unfortunately, many are experiencing the negative consequences of treatments that have not been approved by the FDA, or procedures that are not backed by extensive research and clinical trials.

Fat dissolving treatments seem to be at the top of the ‘most disappointed’ list. Patients who have tried mesotherapy, LipoDissolve and other fat loss injection treatments are reporting their experience on message boards and sites such as RealSelf.com, and their responses offer some valuable insights – and warnings – for each treatment. 62% of RealSelf.com users claim that LipoDissolve ‘was not worth it’, and those who experienced extensive pain and adverse side effects are even considering filing a class action lawsuit (Source: RealSelf.com). Still, others are confident that their procedure was exactly what they needed, and the side effects were ‘manageable’.

According to ASPS statistics, Americans spent nearly $13.2 billion on cosmetic procedures in 2007; approximately $8.3 billion was spent on surgical cosmetic procedures, and $4.7 billion on nonsurgical procedures. Liposuction, breast augmentation and eyelid surgery accounted for the top surgical procedures, and the trend is expected to continue in 2008.

Those looking for an effective fat removal procedure or other cosmetic enhancements are still encouraged to find a well-respected doctor and obtain references or referrals whenever possible.

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