Family Doctor or Plastic Surgeon?
- Posted on: Aug 29 2009
Terrible story coming out of Las Vegas. A woman won a free breast augmentation by the doctor of a medspa, the Skin Body Institute. She had the surgery performed under local anesthesia, but then sufferred horrible complications. Some details from ABC 13:
– She was awake for the whole procedure, and was crying the entire time. The doctor reprimanded her for complaining during the painful procedure.
– Just weeks later the implant became infected and was exposed through the skin.
– She subsequently underwent 10 hours of surgery under local anesthetic to try to fix the problem.
– Two weeks later she presented to the ER with ruptured and exposed implants.
– The doctor had made ten centimeter incisions (mine are typically 3 cm for saline, 4 cm for silicone).
– The doctor’s website had stated he was board-certified.
– He was not certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, but by the Family Practice board.
– Still, his website listed him as an associate member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery, American Society of Liposuction Surgery, and the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery.
-His license has been suspended.
This is another terrible incident where the patient didn’t do her homework and was the victim of a phony plastic surgeon. This unfortunately happens more often than most people realize. Always choose a surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. As you can see above, a doctor in a bunch of other societies isn’t the same.
Thanks for reading.
Michigan-based Plastic Surgeon
Anthony Youn, M.D.
Posted in: Plastic Surgery News