Bad plastic surgery can endanger your health, destroy your self esteem, and totally ruin your life.
Americans underwent almost 14 million cosmetic procedures and spent over $10 billion in 2011 (ref: The Guardian, UK... American Society of Plastic Surgeons statistics for 2011). And not all them went according to plan.
Around 5.7 million Botox procedures were carried out in the U.S. (only half of these performed by plastic surgeons) and a number of patients suffered Botox-side-effects.
Liposuction was the most popular surgical procedure in the U.S according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery with almost 330,000 operations; but among these were reports of bad-liposuction results and even fatalities.
And a flood of people seeking cheap plastic-surgery-abroad has resulted in more and more horror stories emerging of botched cosmetic surgery in overseas clinics.
1. Not Consulting Certified, Adequately Trained Health Professionals.
The safest step for anyone contemplating cosmetic surgery is to seek advice from adequately trained professionals, and board certified plastic surgeons.
... and definitely not from someone like this woman in the U.S.A. caught servicing clients from a down-town motel room.
2. The Use of Non Certified Materials & Implants.
There are huge risks associated with using implants or materials that haven't been properly tested or approved by medical authorities like the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) or Great Britain's Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA).
Inferior breast implants can rupture, while untested injectables can cause infections, serious allergic reactions, or potentially fatal medical emergencies.
A man in Thailand recently had his penis removed after developing cancer thought to be related to olive oil injections (sometimes mixed with silicone, bees wax, or paraffin) to make his organ larger.
The Bangkok Post reported in November 2012 that 30-40 Thai men present each month seeking help for penis injections gone wrong. The olive oil is not absorbed into the body and is irritating, causing connective tissue proliferation and increasing the risk of cancer.
The Surgeon-General of the Police General Hospital was quoted as saying "There are tens of thousands of men who have undergone the procedure."
3. Underestimating the Risk Involved.
4. Having Unrealistic Expectations.
A survey carried out in 2011 by TreatmentAdvisor.com revealed "as many as one in five operations leave people depressed and out of pocket" and almost 50 percent felt "they had been pressured by sales techniques to go ahead with surgery by the surgeons or their staff" (ref: www.dailymail.co.uk October 19th 2011, reporter Lauren Paxman).
A study by Norwegian Social Research in 2011 (von Soest, Kvalem, & Wichstrom) concluded that people with psychological and mental health problems were more likely to turn to cosmetic surgery... however, "Cosmetic surgery does not in turn seem to alleviate such mental health problems", and may even make them worse. Also, they discovered that younger women who underwent cosmetic surgery were often more anxious and depressed than those who didn't.
This seems to tie in with an earlier Finnish study in 2003 that found a higher suicide rate among women who'd had breast implants.
5. Cosmetic Surgical Procedures in the wrong Clinics.
In the U.S. in August 2012, 44 year old Dr Soraya Abbassian was charged with manslaughter for the death of her 59 year old friend and employee during a tummy tuck. The Oregon Medical Board ruled the doctor was not a qualified surgeon, nor was her clinic equipped with the resuscitative monitors, equipment, drugs, and staff necessary in the event of a medical emergency. She is also being sued by another friend over another previous tummy tuck gone wrong.
The scary thing is that such cases of inadequately trained doctors performing risky operations in ill-equipped clinics is even more likely to occur when people go seeking low cost plastic surgery abroad in less developed countries.
The U.S.A. has been main driver of the explosion in cosmetic surgery as more and more people around the globe become obsessed with looking good and staying young (helped in large measure by reality TV shows like Extreme Makeover and Bionic Woman). However, the lack of formal regulations in many less developed countries to ensure safe standards of facilities and practices means authorities have been well and truly left behind, sometimes leaving patients at great risk and at the mercy of unscrupulous operators, "quacks" and charlatans.
As a result, horror stories of unethical operators in overseas clinics are becoming all too common as unsuspecting patients are ripped off and left physically and emotionally scarred by bad plastic surgery.
In lesser developed countries the risks of bad plastic surgery have to be far greater when even in an advanced country like Japan we are told that:
"Aesthetic surgery in Japan has a dodgy side to it, in terms of reliability and safety. Because we don't have a proper, standardised education system for plastic surgeons in Japan, there are unscrupulous doctors or practitioners who are not doctors performing (extremely high-risk) surgery.
Some clinics offer as much as Yen20 million (US$243,000) annual salary to young doctors who have just completed their mandatory 2-year internship training, rising up to Yen40 million (US$486,000) in several months. There are doctors out there who persuade people who don't really need cosmetic surgery into undergoing a procedure."
... Professor Kaneshige Sato, plastic, reconstructive, & aesthetic surgery Chiba University, Japan. (ref:The Japan Times Oct. 23, 2012 reporter Tomoko Otake)
6. Going "Too far" with Cosmetic Surgery.
It has been suggested that people who keep obsessing over their appearance and body image may actually be suffering a chronic mental illness called Body Dysmorphic Disorder where they can't control negative thought about their appearance.
Despite undergoing multiple cosmetic procedures they are often still not happy and remain dissatisfied with their appearance.Uploaded by scapeboy on Nov 25, 2010.
* Americans underwent almost 14 million cosmetic procedures and spent over $10 billion in 2010 (ref: American Society of Plastic Surgeons).
* Top 5 Surgical Procedures in U.S. 2011:
* Top 5 Countries for Plastic Surgery:
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