When Plastic Surgery Goes Bad

(PRWEB) July 30, 2004

When Lynn Dugan, now 62, went to a facelift, she never dreamed she would end up with a case of what was essentially the gangrene of his body.

However, Lynn spent two months, one month in intensive care in hospital recovering from necrotizing fasciitis, the so-called? flesh-eating bacteria? after a botched cosmetic procedure.

? I made some simple mistakes when I had my plastic surgery and I am telling my story so other women can learn from my mistakes? Lynn said CosmeticSurgery.com. ? If I can save another woman in her hour of what I experienced, I? Be happy.?

He started seven years ago when Lynn, who now works in the sale of tickets in LA? s Greek Theater, contracted for a lift from a surgeon who, she says, had his medical license pulled by the State of California.

? I felt that I was starting to look like my mother and was eager to have a more youthful appearance, so I interviewed one doctor before going ahead with a facelift? Lynn recalls.

? Several things from this first visit stuck in my mind. The doctor didn? T take my blood pressure, electrocardiogram, or other blood tests before the procedure. It does give me a prescription for antibiotics to be taken before the operation, but the pills made me sick and when I complained, he told me to forget antibiotics.

The operation took place in the doctor? s office She learned later was the assistant surgeon? The daughter of 22 years and had no medical training. Then on Tuesday, Lynn went home, developed fever in the evening and went to bed, feeling miserable. By the following Thursday, she still suffered chills and fever, fuzzy thinking and weakness. She returned – via a wheelchair because of weakness – the doctor who told her she was just a case of the flu and go home. But his general malaise continued unabated.

the following Saturday, her husband, Doug, was beside himself with worry and concern and took Lynn to the emergency room of a local hospital. There, the doctor removed the bandages, cut the mesh on Lynn? Face and pus Found oozing. A medical team then swung into action, fighting a massive infection that was diagnosed as necrotizing fasciitis, the flesh eating disease feared.

While Lynn

remember anything about his 34 days in intensive care in hospital, she later learned most of his internal organs began to fail, his toes were marked for amputation and his chest was open on both sides for drainage and air circulation. Later the transactions were to take the skin of his legs to replace the necrotic skin on his chest. Still later, she saw a plastic surgeon more competent, more than three operations, the infection stopped, repaired the damage, and removed the scars made him look good again.

Lynn? is rare? Absolutely. But can it happen? Yes. Cosmetic surgery and plastic have become so popular, the procedures are often served as the prime-time drama? with medicine? s permanent connection, somewhere behind the scenes with extras. So many of us are stuck with the final result of intoxicating a person? S improved new look that we neglect the fact that most procedures are plastic and cosmetic surgery first and foremost. And, as with any surgery, there are small risks involved, even in the best hands.

? Cosmetic surgery is real surgery, even with the world? s best surgeon and there is always the possibility of complications? said Dr. Christopher P. Godek, MD, a plastic surgeon in Toms River, NJ

While some estimates

about ten million Americans will move forward this year thanks to the cosmetic improvements over which they have always dreamed of, only a few patients report less than desired results.

The range of

botched cosmetic procedures today can run from the sublime to the life-threatening cases like Lynn? s.

? We? re to see many more cases in emergency rooms of people returning from abroad with botched procedures that were made on the spot and by surgeons adequately trained? says George Orloff, MD, the physician who treated Lynn.

While some appreciate

patients in plastic surgery hotspots like New York, Florida and California say they are unhappy with, say, the tip of their nose or the number of remaining goose? s feet around their eyes, other serious cases are regularly reported. For example, Boston University Medical College noted a rash of cases of ER in which undocumented workers were seriously injured by charlatans and quasi-surgeons working in the rooms and garages trying to carve out more? Westernized? overlook the faces of their unfortunate fellow patient. A case in Boston ER finally cracked a large silver ring fast medics Cambodia attack illegal immigrants.


botched cosmetic procedures and plastic are hard to find, experts say.

Frileck Stanley, MD, a plastic surgeon in Los Angeles and member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, surveyed his practice and found about 25 percent of his practice is to establish procedures incomplete. And, according to a survey by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), lower complications of surgeons are so widespread that more than 150,000 rhinoplasties (nose jobs) every year, nearly 21 percent are corrective procedures. AAFPRS has also jumped into the fray with a public report? Reports Botched surgeries not be taken lightly? and lists of guidelines for choosing a surgeon who is most likely to do a good job the first time. The American Association of Plastic Surgery and other jobs also help prevent unfortunate, with additional documentation on how to more wisely choose a qualified surgeon.

While the average American patients? on American soil, at least – is not likely to be in his local emergency department after, say, a chemical peel, experts say the best way to prevent a botched, or even inadequate, the result is making your own database of more research on the procedure you want and the surgeon who could possibly do. The good news is? case of flesh-eating disease notwithstanding – most botched job can be fixed.

? Among my patients for review, the biggest mistake I see is considering surgeons only by the lowest price possible? Cuzalina said Angelo, MD, DDS, a cosmetic surgeon and assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma and Alabama.

? Let me give you just a couple of quick case for what happens in an operating room where a procedure is done on the cheap? Dr Cuzalina said. ? Some practitioners also manage the reduced rate of anesthesia during the operation. This means they have twice the work to be done and their attention is divided.?

Other Dodge

common is when the surgeon is working too long. A basic safe operation of a typical plastic surgeon usually lasts no more than four and a half to five hours.

? But in the offices of luck, I? have seen some cases where the practitioner operates for 11 and 12 hours? said Dr. Cuzalina.

liposuction is the art and science, doctors say. But a practitioner who has taken only a weekend course before seeing patients for liposuction services often leaves, not a smooth contour in the body, but? Sod? in the flesh, places too much fat was removed.

Most professional organizations recommend your practitioner

is board certified. This means he or she had a year of practical experience on the side of an established, old surgeon.

Once you? re a doctor? s office, it? s perfectly OK to ask how many times he or she has a certain procedure, if, before and after photos of his previous patients, and finally, if you can actually contact some of his patients and inquire experience under his knife. Virtually all reputable physicians encourage patients who want to become better educated in plastic surgery.

? If you get any pressure on a low, low price is good for today only, a huge red warning flag should go up,? said Dr. Cuzalina.

When Rosanna Perez, Los Angeles, HMO vendor, wanted a cute nose like her mother? s, she saw a plastic surgeon recommended by a colleague. Which concluded its races.

? But my nose collapsed two years later, the tip turned up, one nostril outer face and soon I had problems breathing? Rosanna said. She complained to the surgeon on the work missed and said he was finally dismissed, saying? Quit whining, nose looks good.?

Before making an appointment to repair the first job, she spotted a surgeon on television and read his site, interviewed and asked about the results of former patients, before discussing any the prices.


I asked a surgeon about his training and he only replied:? Are you kidding re ,???? Rosanna said. ? That alone should be the writing on the wall. So find a doctor who will listen to you.?

says Thomas Romo, MD, a surgeon for reconstruction in the city of New York? By far the most missed the procedures are cosmetic rhinoplasties. We believe such a high failure rate because the nose is a three-dimensional so that the surgeon must also think like an architect and make sure it is enough? Scaffolding? or supporting structure left inside the nose.?

But many surgeons remove too

nose? Interior and s? as a building without the support of good? from the trunk bends, twists or collapses, leaving the patient with a seemingly strange and often respiratory problems.

? Choose a good education, certified practitioner means you have someone who can handle unexpected complications,? says Dr. Orloff. ? Lynn? S infection, for example, could have been caught and cured in the beginning, with all that hospitalization and the risk of deaths averted.?

American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery in Chicago says that potential patients should also ask where the surgery will be performed. Cosmetic procedures are performed in hospitals, surgery centers and some offices. If the facility is accredited by the AAAHC (American Association for Ambulatory Health Care) or JCAHO (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Organizations), it must meet certain minimum safety standards. While many people rely on friends for referrals, the surgeon who made a great augmentation of a co-worker may not be best qualified to do your facial rejuvenation.

Adds Michael Leadbetter, MD, a plastic surgeon in Cincinnati, Ohio :???????? If a plastic surgeon or cosmetic doesn t want to show you pictures of his patients, it s because he does not have. A qualified surgeon will be happy to answer all questions put to him by a patient curious.?

advises Lynn Dugan:? If it again, I toured the first doctor s office, not in such a hurry, check its orientation and has asked other experts that they would recommend for my surgery?.

? I think if you can improve and look better to match the way you feel inside of youth, you should go ahead and do it.?

And if you also want to keep your health, the best road safely looking better is better made if you start with a lot of homework and some probing questions of your surgeon.


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