Botched breast augmentation results in 'uniboob'

October 31, 2011

Botched breast augmentation results in 'uniboob'
Botched breast augmentation results in 'uniboob'

A California woman's experience with plastic surgery may help others realize how important it is to check out a plastic surgeon's credentials before going under the knife.

Dinora Rodriguez, who is 40-years-old, ended up with a "uniboob" after an unqualified surgeon performed her breast implant surgery.

According to The Daily Mail, during the procedure, the surgeon cut across the two separate 'pockets' that normally hold breast tissue, which meant the implants were able to touch in the middle creating the look of a single breast. The surgery also left her in pain, as the doctor cut through nerves and muscle, which caused shooting pains in the ribs.
In addition, the doctor also performed eyelid surgery that left Rodriguez unable to fully close her eyes - a mistake that cannot be corrected with additional surgeries and will require the use of eye-moistening medication every day for the rest of her life.

However, the botched breast augmentation was able to be repaired.

"It was a terrible experience waking up from surgery and seeing that this had happened," Rodriguez told the Daily Mail. "I didn't know to check my doctor's qualifications and I regret it."

Experts say that a challenging economy is forcing many doctors to turn to plastic surgery to earn more money, even though they are not qualified. Choosing a doctor who is a board-certified plastic surgeon ensures that he or she has been specifically trained to perform these procedures.

Other considerations patients are encouraged to check include where the surgery will be performed and what hospital(s) the surgeon has privileges at, as this means he or she is approved to perform surgical procedures at an accredited facility.

Patients are also encouraged to view before and after photos of the surgeon's other patients who have undergone the same surgery they are inquiring about.

Breast implant surgery is one of the most common cosmetic plastic surgery procedures in the U.S. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 318,123 individuals had the procedure in 2010. 

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