Botched overseas plastic surgery carries heavy price

July 22, 2011

Botched overseas plastic surgery carries heavy price
Botched overseas plastic surgery carries heavy price

A Malaysian woman has learned just how essential it is to choose a licensed, board-certified plastic surgeon when undergoing a cosmetic procedure.

According to the Malay Mail, 30-year-old Tham Mei Leng underwent a dual procedure based on the urging of her then-boyfriend, who wanted her to be thinner and have larger breasts.

She visited an unlicensed cosmetic surgery center in Kuala Lumpur to have liposuction on her abdomen, and then have the fat injected into her breasts.

In addition to undergoing the procedure without the use of pain medication, Leng developed a severe infection in her breasts as well as unsightly scarring.

"It was very painful and I could not help crying during the surgery. The infection also causes constant pain and itchiness," she told the news provider.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, fat injection procedures usually involve harvesting fat from one part of the body, washing and purifying it, and then carefully re-injecting it with specially designed needles into the areas requiring augmentation. It is not recommended to augment the breasts with harvested fat – common areas are the hands and face as well as to fill in depressions and contour the skin from scarring and liposuction.

Leng regrets her decision and warns “Do not be duped by advertisements and by cheap pricing and always ensure the surgeons are qualified and reputable.”

Even in the US, state laws permit any licensed physician to call him or herself a "plastic" or "cosmetic" surgeon - even if he or she has not been trained as a plastic surgeon or has had no surgical training at all. Using the find-a-surgeon tool from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic surgery can help you make a safe choice. Also, don’t hesitate to ask a doctor if they are a board-certified plastic surgeon upon your initial visit. 


The mission of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) includes medical education, public education and patient advocacy. Plastic Surgery News Briefs are summaries of current stories found through various news and magazine outlets that relate to or mention plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. The views expressed in these news articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of ASAPS, but are merely published as an educational service to our members and the general public. For additional information on these subjects and other plastic surgery related topics, please go to www.surgery.org

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