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The ugly side of cosmetic surgery

Everyone wants to look their best. For some of us, looking our best and feeling good about how we look involves cosmetic surgery. The most common cosmetic procedures include breast augmentation, liposuction, nose reshaping, eyelifts, facelifts and Botox injections.

You probably know someone here in Huntington who has had one of the procedures performed (though you might not know it). Though the listed procedures are considered safe and routine, risks are always present -- especially when a doctor is negligent. We read recently of a cosmetic surgeon accused by multiple patients of negligence, incompetence and more.

The New York plastic surgeon is accused of wrongdoing in his treatment of eight patients, including a 34-year-old woman on whom he performed liposuction. Unfortunately, he failed to check blood test results showing that she was pregnant.

According to a state oversight board, the surgeon removed fat from her inner thighs, back and abdomen and transferred a portion of it to her rear. The state board says he "falsely documented" the amount of removed fat, apparently because New York limits the amount that can be extracted in liposuctions performed outside of hospitals.

The doctor also performed "extensive surgery" on a 65-year-old woman who had breast implants replaced in his office. This time he's accused of failing to monitor her vital signs or documenting her blood loss during the operation.

Another woman said he performed a Brazilian butt lift on her, but did not don gloves, mask or gown for the surgery, and even used his cell phone during the procedure.

We do not know how all of these matters will be resolved, but we do know that when a negligent doctor harms you, you can pursue full compensation for all damages. You can speak to an attorney experienced in medical malpractice litigation about your legal options.

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