5 Plastic Surgery Nightmares

If your physician isn't board-certified, any treatment or procedure performed by them can have seriously scary results. Read on about these real life nightmares so you can avoid falling victim. 

1. Poor Results: No one elects for a procedure hoping for bad results. Poor results can be irreparable and that alone can be like a death sentence. Revision surgery is costly and multiple procedures may be needed to correct the problem.

Argentine doctor Daniel Serrano used a Botox alternative (low-grade auto silicone) on Priscilla Presley, leaving her with a waxy look. Serrano often performed “Botox parties,” using non-FDA-approved fillers that would leave women with lumps and bumps as well as difficulty drinking and speaking. Source: TMZ

2. Loss of Feeling or Constant Pain: It’s not uncommon to experience temporary numbness after surgery, but total loss of feeling or consistent pain without improvement is cause for concern.

Michele Trobaugh of Atlanta believed Dr. Jan Adams, a nonboard-certified plastic surgeon, could fix her uneven breasts. Trobaugh had a breast augmentation, tummy tuck and liposuction performed at the same time. Immediately after surgery she suffered from shortness of breath, three infections and constant bleeding. Trobaugh says she would have never chosen Dr. Adams had she known the malpractice judgments against him (he’s the same doctor who performed surgery on Kayne West’s mother Donda West the day before she died). A year-and-a-half after surgery, Trobaugh says she has still has shooting pain in her breasts. Source: CNN

3. Bad Scars: Board-certified plastic or facial plastic surgeons understand both the surgery that will be performed and the anatomy of the area of the body where the surgery will be done. If your doctor is unfamiliar with skin in that area and the proper way to make an incision, bad scars can form.

4. Deformities: Major deformities that can arise include disfiguring scars from laser liposuction, protruding breast implants, lumps, bumps and open wounds. “Facial nerve damage and skin sloughing (when the skin dies because of poor blood supply) are common when facial surgeries are performed without properly assessing the patient,” says Encino, CA, plastic surgeon George Sanders, MD.

5. Death: Death from plastic surgery can arise due to reactions to anesthesia or fatal amounts of it, pulmonary embolisms, preexisting health conditions that were ignored and drug overdoses from pain medication.

New York internist Oleg A. Davie, who marketed himself as a plastic surgeon, performed liposuction on Isel Pineda, a heart transplant patient (she was on anti-rejection prescription medication). After surgery, Pineda collapsed and was rushed to a hospital where she suffered a heart attack and died. Davie claimed that Pineda never told him about her transplant, but it was discovered that he allegedly forged her consent form. He was charged with manslaughter and criminal negligent homicide. Source: New York Post

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