Botched overseas plastic surgery carries heavy price
July 22, 2011
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.
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.
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