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Desperation and a Bad Economy Fuels Botched Cosmetic Procedures

Apr 7th 2012 at 6:40 AM

Though you can’t control the stock market, you can control yourself. And experts recommend that when it comes to cosmetic surgery, you need to make sure that personal desperation doesn’t lead you into peril. Botched plastic and cosmetic surgeries happen all the time with disastrous consequences, often at the hands of unqualified and inexperienced practitioners. When the economy is bad and people don’t have the money to pay for high-quality work, sometimes they resort to finding lesser-quality physicians and sometimes even non-physicians to do the job at a cut rate. This is always a recipe for disaster and experts urge patients to exercise self-control when the economy is poor.

One Brooklyn, New York doctor reported fixing a botched breast augmentation job in which a woman had a non-physician inject her breasts with silicone. The silicone that the practitioner used wasn’t the same kind of silicone normally used in the body and it caused the breast to become irregularly shaped, hard, and lumpy. Dr. Malcolm Z Roth, the director of plastic surgeries at Maimonides Medical Center ended up doing a total mastectomy and starting from scratch to fix this cosmetic procedure that had gone awry.

No one wants to believe that something bad will happen, even if they go to a less educated,poorly  trained, and inexperienced practitioner to have cosmetic work done. When patients become desperate for cosmetic work because of a low self-esteem for example, they settle for lower-quality work at bargain prices. In the long run, these patients will likely end up spending more than they can afford to get the botched job fixed, but they often believe initially that nothing could possibly go wrong.

When the economy is bad, doctors who do not specialize in cosmetic procedures are more likely to turn to this type of work to boost their income. Unfortunately, patients may be duped into trusting these physicians even though they have a virtually non-existent track record doing cosmetic work, little or no training, and a strictly financially-motivated desire to perform surgeries that have a profound impact on the way a person looks. Plastic surgeons who specialize in making cosmetic changes to faces and bodies report that when the economy turns bad, they often find themselves fixing more mistakes. Patients turn to do-it-yourself procedures (like the famed Korean, Hang Mioku who injected her face with cooking oil) or low-cost jobs by physicians who really don’t know what they’re doing.

Desperation is the mediating factor that really sets patients up for disaster in the bad economy. Though a patient may think that a rhinoplasty is the answer to all of her woes, in reality, if a poorly trained physician performs the surgery, they could end up with nerve damage and a lop-sided face. It is always easier to create aesthetic appeal when the face or the body has not endured a lot of plastic surgery. After a person has had one or two surgeries done, it becomes harder to fix a cosmetic problem. Cosmetic surgery can comprise the structural integrity of underlying tissues, which means that it is going to cost more to make a botched job look presentable than to just spend a little bit extra and get it done right in the first place.


NOTE : This Article is originally published by cosmeticsurgerynews.

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