Botox conman's sentence extended after more victims come forward

July 2, 2013

Botox injections should only be administered by board-certified plastic surgeons.
Botox injections should only be administered by board-certified plastic surgeons.

Despite the fact that stories about dangerous back-alley Botox injections are so common, they continue to crop up in the news. A recent case out of Australia will remind plastic surgery patients why it's essential to have a board-certified plastic surgeon perform any and all procedures you are considering. The story also shows why it can be dangerous to travel overseas for cosmetic surgery, a trend known as "medical tourism."

The dangerous Dr. Ocean
David Robin Douglas, 45, has been in jail since 2010 for hosting illegal "Botox parties" for surfers along Australia's Gold Coast, according to GoldCoust.com.au. Douglas, often known as "Dr. Ocean" or "O'Cean," claimed to have extensive experience as a plastic surgeon working in Los Angeles. However, upon investigation, it was found that Douglas had absolutely no medical qualifications, and in fact had used many fake names and backgrounds to con people over the course of 28 years. In the past, he'd posed as an undercover cop, cattle baron and treasure hunter.

After being locked up, "O'Cean" received a parole date of July 8. However, that date has been pushed back, as new victims have stepped forward with claims that the phony doctor also sexually harassed a woman at one of the Botox parties.

The incident happened in October of 2010, when several people attended a party where Douglas was injecting Botox and hormones into women's faces, legs and breasts, for $2,000 per patient. During this party, one of the women says Douglas tried to talk her into letting him give her injections in her genitals, claiming he could give her a "designer vagina" that would make it feel as though she had her virginity restored. According to prosecutors, he touched the woman inappropriately.

Douglas' parole date has been rescheduled for November 8.

Medical tourism
This story makes it clear that the people who give back-alley Botox injections are willing to risk patients' lives just to make some quick cash. It should also serve as a reminder that often, these unscrupulous individuals will encourage people to travel overseas to receive Botox injections and other procedures. They may claim that pricing and exchange rates help lower the cost of the treatments, but often, the truth is they are offering a discount because they are operating illegally.

Before you book a plastic surgery consultation, be sure to inquire about the performing doctor's training and certification. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery offers a find-a-surgeon tool on their website that makes it easy for you to locate board-certified surgeons in your area.


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