There’s a moral to each of the three stories of recent plastic-surgery catastrophes.
EYE DOCTOR TRIES BREAST IMPLANTS
A woman almost bled to death during a breast augmentation performed by a doctor who was trained as an eye specialist, CBS Atlanta News reports.
Since Kenyatta Brown was under only local anesthetic during the operation, she reported that she heard a call go out to 911 for help and then her doctor saying that he couldn’t stop her bleeding.
Brown reported the incident to the Georgia medical regulatory board, but it has not disciplined the doctor.
Moral of the story: Before undergoing plastic surgery, make sure you have chosen a doctor who is board-certified in plastic surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. For more guidance, see the post “How to avoid bad doctors.”
GIGANTIC BREASTS GO BAD
A Texas woman who went to Brazil to get gigantic implants had them downsized, then removed because they were infected, according to news reports.
Sheyla Hershey “had her breasts enlarged to 38KKK even though she is only 5′3″ but has recently had to have the implants removed as well as possibly part or whole of her own breasts removed due to the fear of the infection getting into her blood stream,” said plastic surgeon and blogger Dr. John Di Saia of San Clemente and Anaheim.
Morals of the story: according to Di Saia, the moral is “Limit your size or accept the risk. when you can’t get a surgeon in the US to do it, there is a definite reason.” also, beware of the extra risks of plastic surgery abroad.
EXTREME MAKEOVER GOES BAD
Flight attendant Nicola Stratton, who won a British “extreme makeover” show, underwent 30 hours of plastic surgery in Los Angeles, but soon regretted it. The Daily Mail reported:
Nicola, an air hostess from Bolton, Lancashire, had endured a total of 30 hours on a Los Angeles operating table, all paid for by Brand new You, an ‘extreme makeover’ show on channel five.
At a cost of £110,000, the surgeons reshaped her nose, her brow, her ears and, most triumphantly of all, her breasts, transforming a healthy but modest B-cup into a substantial DD.
But then her left implant leaked and shriveled. The plastic surgeon agreed to fix the problem with no additional fee, but she would have to pay £5,000 for the hospital stay. at first, she thought she couldn’t afford it, and the TV show wouldn’t pay.
But she scraped together the money and had her two saline implants replaced with silicone ones. That didn’t solve all her problems, according to recent news reports. one of the new implants had to be replaced because scar tissue hardened around it. Oh, yes, and she got also divorced.
She remarried and exchanged her airline job for a job in a prison.Morals of the story: Breast implants have to be replaced, sooner (as in this case) or later (more typically, in 10 to 15 years). also, even if you go to a top-quality medical center, if it’s far from home, the follow-up can be a big problem.Breast implant crises are a top topic on this blog’s Facebook page, where all are welcome to visit for news and gossip before it reaches the blog.Posts about breast implants:
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Lessons of 3 breast implant disasters – In Your Face : The Orange County Register