A few days ago, some of you may remember seeing a reference in one of my reader comments to yet another plastic-surgery-gone-wrong news report. (Thanks, Stephanie.)
Long story short, a woman named Dinora Rodriguez, 40, went in for what she thought was “routine maintenance” on her breast implants and came out with one of the worst botch jobs in recent history. (See news video below.)
The technical term for it is symmastia … but you and I would call it a … uniboob. (Horror movie scream!!) Her “surgeon” cut across two pockets of breast tissue allowing the implants to join together and create the mammoth single entity. The stay-at-home mom woke up from her surgery to discover this nightmare.
“My breasts looked really bad,” she told MSNBC. “It looked like I had one big breast instead of two. And the pain was terrible.”
And, if that wasn’t bad enough, the “surgeon” also took it upon himself to operate on a scar near her eyes and give her a little lift there … without her permission. After that surgery, Rodriguez was no longer able to close her eyes completely.
Holy shit, would I be mad!
She went to this “surgeon” … I’m sorry but I just cannot NOT use the quotes here … on the recommendation of a friend. (I’m thinking that “friend” now deserves some quotation marks, too.) Unfortunately, she failed to confirm that this “surgeon” (let’s just call him an assclown from this point forward) was board-certified.
Big mistake for her boobs … I mean boob … oh, whatever.
And, yes … of course, she sued the assclown. With her settlement, she’s been … for lack of a better word … rebuilt. She’s also now featured in an ad campaign by the American Board of Plastic Surgery to promote the dangers associated with using unqualified surgeons.
There really needs to be a WAY better system in place to check in on these (so-called, in the assclown’s case) doctors for the protection of the wide-eyed consumer. Can you believe that only four states have laws on the books requiring that physicians disclose the specifics of their medical backgrounds? And … even more implausibly … Louisiana is one of them! (I know, right?) Go, typically underdog home state! Kudos also go out to California, Florida and Texas.
Appointment number four is tomorrow. Guess what question I’ll be leading with?
I met with so many plastic surgeons and checked them out before I picked one. Hell. I checked out my boob fairy more thoroughly than the guy who removed my gall bladder.
Ouch. And assclown is extremely generous.
Have you thought about checking out webrings of people that have had this done? You might be able to get honest evaluations of doctors from their patients, as well as other things to look for you haven’t thought of yet.
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