Plastic Surgery a Money-Maker for Unskilled Doctors in Current Economy
The current economy is leading more doctors into plastic surgery, resulting in more botched procedures, according to the head of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Dr. Malcolm Z. Roth, head of plastic surgery at Albany Medical Center in New York, told MSNBC that unskilled doctors are performing plastic surgery on patients not qualified for the procedures.
And according to Roth, any licensed physician can describe him- or herself as a plastic surgeon and can say he or she is board-certified, even if the certification is in pediatrics.
Dinora Rodriguez of Los Angeles had to learn the hard way about the risks of plastic surgery. "My breasts looked really bad," UPI quoted Rodriguez as saying. "It looked like I had one big breast instead of two. And the pain was terrible."
Rodriguez’s procedure was done by a doctor recommended to her by a friend.
Dr. Anthony Youn, a plastic surgeon in Troy, Mich., and a contributor to MSNBC, said that what happened to Rodriguez is a condition known as "symmastia," according to UPI. Symmastia happens when pockets for the implants are too close to the center of the chest and one starts migrating toward the other, Youn explained.
"It's a uniboob," he said. "It's where the implant pockets are connected in the middle -- and they definitely shouldn't be."