Three arrested for running underground cosmetic surgery ring
August 4, 2011
However, patients need to be vigilant in choosing a doctor to perform liposuction procedures, as underground clinics are popping up around the country due to the procedure's popularity.
In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, a 19-year-old woman was recently rushed to the hospital following a procedure done in an apartment by unlicensed, unqualified individuals.
According to WMBF News, doctors say the woman is lucky to be alive following the surgery. She was brought to the hospital in hemorrhagic shock, with cuts on her stomach, arms and legs that were not sutured closed.
"The incisions were not closed. They were open and draining," Dr. Ralph Cozart, who was on-call at the Grand Strand Regional Medical Center at the time, told the news provider. "But the problem was she wasn't given the proper fluids to replace the fluids that were suctioned out. The equipment was not sterile. They did not have sterilization equipment at all. They were using bleach to decontaminate the instruments."
Police arrested three people in connection with the case and charged them with running an underground cosmetic surgery ring out of a bedroom.
Liposuction is a high-demand surgery for many who cannot eliminate fat with exercise and a healthy diet. During the procedure, fat is removed from the body through a hollow metal tube inserted into a small incision. The procedure, when done by a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, leaves only minute scars, often as short as one-half inch or less in length.
While complications from liposuction surgery are rare, it is essential for those considering the procedure to ensure their doctor is a licensed, board-certified plastic surgeon.
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), is recognized as the world’s leading organization devoted entirely to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body. ASAPS is comprised of over 2,600 Plastic Surgeons; active members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (USA) or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have extensive training in the complete spectrum of surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures. International active members are certified by equivalent boards of their respective countries. All members worldwide adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and must meet stringent membership requirements.
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