Woman sought for administering plastic surgery without a license
May 22, 2013
A disturbing case out of New York should serve as a reminder to those considering plastic surgery that it's always important to seek out the services of a board-certified cosmetic surgeon. Even minimally invasive procedures like Botox injections must be carried out by licensed, trained individuals, or else patients could experience disastrous results.
A lethal injection
Last February Minerva Rodriguez of Washington Heights, NY, was interested in getting a buttock augmentation, reports WABC. In a surgical setting, this is usually done by inserting implants into the buttocks or through autologous fat transfer, according to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. However, Rodriguez sought out the services of an unlicensed individual who injected her buttocks with a substance that turned out to be lidocaine, a local anesthetic used to numb an area of the skin.
"I don't know what they did," her husband, Marciano Ramirez, told the news source. "They were going to put something in her butt. I don't know, like the women do. It looks like they injected her with something poisonous. The moment they put that in her, she became ill."
Rodriguez immediately began vomiting after the injection and was rushed to a hospital. She died several hours later.
A board-certified plastic surgeon told the news outlet that 50 milliliters of lidocaine is enough to kill someone, and it seems Rodriguez was given a much higher dose. Rodriguez was also found with 12 incisions in her buttocks, though the surgeon says that typically only one to three incisions are necessary.
Police are now searching for the woman who administered the lethal dosage.
In safe hands
Patients can make sure they're in good hands by asking their plastic surgeon about his or her board-certification and experience. ASAPS provides an online search tool known as find-a-surgeon, which can help prospective patients seek out qualified cosmetic surgeons in their area.
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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