» Articles celebrity plastic surgery at its worst Fri, 21 Sep 2012 04:03:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 NY man admits unlicensed plastic surgery Fri, 21 Sep 2012 04:03:40 +0000 webmistress

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says a man who did liposuction and other cosmetic surgery without a medical license faces six months in prison and payment of $8,700 in restitution.

Carlos Arango pleaded guilty to a single felony count Friday for procedures he performed on several New York women in 2011.

The attorney general’s office said Arango has admitted recruiting women from a spa in Queens and doing the procedures in Stamford, Conn., and Manhattan.

In a criminal complaint filed in April, authorities accused Arango and William Ordonez, who are not licensed doctors, along with Dr. Marlon Castillo of performing cosmetic surgeries without general anesthesia and leaving some women disfigured.

Castillo has pleaded not guilty to charges including fraud and assault. Authorities say they are still looking for Ordonez.

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Girl Comes to Miami for Treatment of Facial Growth Fri, 21 Sep 2012 03:40:24 +0000 webmistress

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It’s hard to see 2-year-old Adiah Despot’s smile. The growth on the bottom of her face is called a hemangioma.

“It’s an overgrowth of basically the blood vessels in her lip and her chin,” said Seth Thaller, Chief of Plastic Surgery at University of Miami.

If the growth becomes ulcerated and starts to bleed there is a chance of a life-threatening bleed, Thaller said.

When Adiah was born she didn’t have any growths on her face, but a week later Stacy Despot noticed what she thought was a bug bite.

“Actually, it started with a little dot on the corner here it started to spread and after a while it started to swell, with the swelling the lip cracked, got infected and the infection ate away the whole bottom lip,” Despot said.

Doctor’s in her native Trinidad tried non-surgical treatments, which failed.

Children don’t want to play with her they’re afraid of her, Despot said.

This little girl will have plastic surgery for a facial deformity.

This little girl will have plastic surgery for a facial deformity.

Not able to get what she needs in Trinidad, the International Kids Fund brought her here to UM Jackson.

“This is a really very difficult case because of where it’s located. If it’s excised and removed now she would have to undergo very extensive reconstructive surgery,” said Thaller.

So it will be removed in stages beginning with the growth under her chin and small part of her lip.

Adiah’s mother lives in fear it could rupture.

“If it happens to burst I don’ t know what to do. It would just start bleeding and don’t know how to stop the bleeding,” she said. “She means everything to me. I’m a single mom. I’m a young mom and she gives me strength to go on with life.”

Doctors say Adiah will need at least three or four surgeries. The International Kids Fund is hoping to raise $85,000 to over the costs.

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Plastic surgery for girl, 7, savaged by dog at village fun day Fri, 21 Sep 2012 02:42:42 +0000 webmistress

Child bitten by dog undergoes plastic surgery

A seven-year-old girl has had to have plastic surgery after she was savaged by a dog at a village fun day.

Chloe Smith had been enjoying herself at Keinton Mandeville and went to pet the dog, which was tied up next to a bouncy castle.

The dog lunged at her and tore a piece of flesh out of her mouth. Chloe has had to have two operations to repair her wounds.

She was rushed to Yeovil District Hospital by her parents immediately after the attack and taken to Frenchay hospital in Bristol for plastic surgery later that night.

Chloe’s mum, Nurgul Smith of Keinton Mandeville, said: “All of a sudden I heard screaming and Chloe appeared covered in blood. My first thought was that something had happened on the bouncy castle.

“I was shaking. All Chloe could say was ‘dog’. The other children with her said a dog had bitten her face. She was bitten on the top and bottom lip and had scratches on her face.

“We took her straight to A&E in Yeovil and got there about 6.30pm. We waited an hour or more before they even cleaned her face.

“She was seen by a doctor at around 7.30pm who said her top lip needed plastic surgery which couldn’t be done in Yeovil.

“He made her an appointment at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol that night. We came home and my husband took her to Frenchay that night while I stayed at home with our four-year-old son.

“Chloe was given intravenous antibiotics and needed a general anaesthetic before surgery the following morning. I got to the hospital at 6.30am and she went into theatre at around 9.30am. She was in for about an hour while they put sutures in her lip.

“Within a couple of days the bruising disappeared and the swelling went down but she still can’t eat properly and has to drink through a straw.

“The surgeon said there will be a scar but they can operate again in a couple of years.”

Choe’s mum added: “She is affected more psychologically. She can’t sleep and is terrified of closing her eyes. She keeps getting flashbacks.

“Chloe’s younger brother Jake was close by when the dog attacked her and saw it all. He keeps waking up at night screaming too.

“Chloe said she had to push the dog really hard to get it off her face. We’re lucky it was not worse. I am really surprised they didn’t put the dog down.

“The police told my husband there was nothing they could do as the dog was tied up and the injuries were not more serious. They said they would come and see us but never did.

“The dog’s owner came to see us and apologised. He said he was really shocked and hadn’t thought his dog capable of biting someone.” The dog was a Springer Spaniel cross.

Mrs Smith said: “It was a really hot day and the owner had left his dog tied to the fence from around 2pm until 5.15pm when it bit Chloe.

“My daughter loves dogs. She had stroked it earlier in the afternoon and I warned her to be careful.”

A spokeswoman for Avon and Somerset police said: “Police were informed about a seven-year-old girl being bitten in the face by a dog in Keinton Mandeville on Saturday, September 8 at around 9.50pm.

“The girl was taken to hospital but her injuries were not life threatening or changing. Inquiries were conducted and both the dog owner and the child’s parents have been spoken to.

“The dog was not a banned or dangerous breed and it was established that no criminal offences had been committed.”

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Bradley Cooper had teenage plastic surgery Fri, 21 Sep 2012 02:34:41 +0000 webmistress

The Hangover star was goofing around and not watching where he was going, when he collided with a glass lamp, which shattered and left the then-15-year-old hunk with several deep cuts and gashes on his face.

As a result, the Limitless actor opted to undergo corrective surgery to minimise the long-term effects, and Cooper admits it was a disaster: “I couldn’t move part of my face for six months!”

Despite his best attempts, some of the scrapes have turned into permanent scars – the largest of which stretches over his left eyebrow, according to the National Enquirer.

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Forehead Lift Procedure Gets Thumbs Up Fri, 21 Sep 2012 02:18:24 +0000 webmistress

Most patients undergoing an endoscopic procedure to eliminate forehead furrows indicated they were highly satisfied with the long-term results, researchers said.

Among 98 patients who underwent the procedure from 1994 to 2007 and were contacted an average of 38 months later (range 9 to 108 months), the mean satisfaction score on a 0-10 scale was 7.1, reported Nikolaos A. Papadopulos, MD, PhD, of Munich Technical University in Munich, and colleagues.

Because the procedure lifts the eyebrows along with smoothing wrinkles in the forehead, measurements of midpupil-to-eyebrow distances before and after surgery provide a means of quantifying results, the researchers explained in their report in the Sept./Oct. issue of Archives of Facial and Plastic Surgery.

“Long lasting results are achieved [as evidenced by] a mean midpupil-to-eyebrow elevation of 5.6 mm in a relaxed position after 5.5 years,” Papadopulos and colleagues wrote.

The endoscopic procedure was first introduced in 1992, when coronal lifts were then the dominant way to eliminate forehead wrinkles.

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Colombian drug lord had undergone plastic surgery to change look Fri, 21 Sep 2012 02:09:30 +0000 webmistress

One of Colombia’s most-wanted drug lords changed his appearance through repeated plastic surgeries before he was captured in Venezuela while making a call from a public payphone, Venezuela’s justice minister said Wednesday.

Daniel Barrera was handcuffed as he was led from a truck to a waiting helicopter Wednesday to be flown from the southwestern city of San Cristobal to the Venezuelan capital of Caracas.

The 50-year-old Barrera was captured Tuesday after Colombian officials, who had been working with U.S. and British authorities, notified Venezuela that Barrera was making a call from one of dozens of public phones being monitoring in the area, Venezuelan Justice Minister Tareck El Aissami said at a news conference.

The arrest of the man known as “El Loco,” or “The Madman,” was announced Tuesday evening by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, who called Barrera “the last of the great capos.”

Barrera had been in Venezuela since 2008 and owned ranches worth millions of dollars, Colombia’s National Police director, Gen. Jose Roberto Leon, said at a news conference in Washington.

Leon said Barrera had been posing as a cattle rancher and when detained was carrying a fake passport with the name Jose Tomas Lucumi that also said he was a resident of the Colombian city of Cali.

Daniel Barerra

Daniel Barerra

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Tips for picking a plastic surgeon Fri, 21 Sep 2012 00:33:21 +0000 webmistress

There is no such thing as minor surgery said Dr. Michael Cohen, founder and Medical Director of the Cosmetic Surgery Center of Maryland.

You can get infected during cardiac surgery or even having a mole removed so it is important that where you are being treated is inspected, licensed and accredited, he said.

Cohen, stopped by Good Morning Maryland Thursday to give the following tips to follow before getting plastic surgery.

Check your doctor’s credentials
Find out where the surgery will take place. It should be done at a hospital or an accredited ambulatory surgical center

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Back To College Plastic Surgery Thu, 06 Sep 2012 22:23:59 +0000 webmistress

Among the latest must-have accessories for students across the country heading back to college is one that might surprise you. It’s not books or bedding. It’s breast or, namely, plastic surgery to achieve a different look.

“I’m turning into this woman,” Kaelyn O’Rourke, 24, told “Good Morning America.” “I feel older. I just want to look older.”

O’Rourke is a nursing student at Bakersfield College in California. As a teenager, her chest was the smallest of her friends. As a young adult, she viewed the top half of her body as being out of sync with her bottom half.

“I totally thought my boobs were going to grow and they never did,” said the community college student, whose pre-surgery chest was a size 34B. “I just want a fuller chest because I’m a girl with hips.”

O’Rourke turned to Dr. Tenley Lawton, an Orange County, Calif., plastic surgeon, for a pre-college surgery solution.

“It’d be nice if we could all be confident with, just the way that we look, but that’s not the reality,” Lawton said.

Prior to a surgical breast implant, Lawton helped O’Rourke with a special bra fitted with implants to see what the final outcome of a breast implant would look like.

“It’s good, it’s not too gaudy,” O’Rourke said.

Also seeking help from Dr. Lawton was Jamie Ruddocks, a college junior from California who, at the other end of the spectrum, was interested in a breast reduction.

“Having large breasts is a burden on me physically,” said Ruddocks, 20, adding that she was teased mercilessly in high school for her size 34DDD chest. “It’s heavy and, after awhile, it starts to hurt. It starts to cause some wear and tear, not only on your back but your shoulders and your neck.”

Dr. Lawton estimated she would need to remove nearly a pound and a quarter of fat from each of Ruddocks’ breasts to reduce them to a size 34D.
“It’s not that we all have to fit into some perfect picture,” Lawton said. “If that small change can give them that self confidence, especially going to college, I think it can be important.”

Three weeks after being treated by Lawton, both O’Rourke and Ruddocks say they are happy with the changes to their bodies.
“I just feel better about myself,” O’Rourke said, noting that with her new C-cup size, she believes her top half is now as curvy as her bottom half. “I felt like I had more confidence walking in [to school].”

Ruddocks says the pains in her shoulders and back are gone now that her breasts are a regular D-size instead of triple Ds, and she feels better about herself.

“I just feel more confident,” she said. “I just feel like I can step into a room and let myself go. I feel like all the things that were making me self conscious are gone. … It’s the best thing I’ve done in my life.”

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Dr. Lance Everett Wyatt, LA Plastic Surgeon, Arrested For Allegedly Filming Undressed Patients Sat, 01 Sep 2012 19:50:58 +0000 webmistress

Even though he looked at and operated on breasts and buttocks for a living, this plastic surgeon allegedly could not get enough.

Dr. Lance Everett Wyatt, who marketed himself as a plastic surgeon for celebrities, was arrested on a $50,000 warrant Thursday for allegedly filming patients as they undressed and touching them in a way that was not medically necessary, Deputy City Attorney Richard Kraft, who is prosecuting the case, told The Huffington Post.

An investigation by Los Angeles police and the Medical Board of California began a year ago when, on Aug. 4, 2011, one of the patients who was allegedly filmed while undressing discovered a camera, fled the office and turned the camera over to police. There was at least one other patient who was allegedly filmed while undressing. Investigators fear there could be more victims.

In addition to unlawful filming, Wyatt, 45, faces battery charges — based on the videotape obtained by the City Attorney’s office — for allegedly touching at least one victim inappropriately while leading the patient to believe it was for legitimate medical purposes.

The City Attorney’s office has two clips from the videotape that was turned in. “One is relatively short and one is substantially longer,” Kraft said. Both tapes will “certainly” be shown to the jury in this case, according to Kraft.

What makes the charges against the plastic surgeon more shocking to some is the fact that he is a bit of a celebrity himself. Wyatt was on “20/20″ with Barbara Walters and on the TV show “Doctors.” He also has a regular thread on Reddit called “IAmA Plastic Surgeon in Los Angeles” where he answers the public’s questions about plastic surgery.

Wyatt posted his $50,000 bail Thursday and was released. His arraignment date is set for Aug. 23, Kraft told HuffPost. The doctor’s neighbors told ABC that he and his family moved from their Sherman Oaks home weeks ago. However, Kraft said he was under the impression that Wyatt still lives in the same house.

A plastic surgeon who knows Wyatt told KTLA that he was shocked by the news. “I’ve known Dr. Wyatt for years,” Randal Haworth said. “I’ve always known him as a very humble, congenial, intelligent, inquisitive surgeon.” The same kind of sentiments are expressed in patient testimonials on the surgeon’s website.

According to Wyatt’s website, he graduated from UCLA, worked as a fellow at Harvard Medical School, authored six textbook chapters and was named one of the “50 Leaders of Tomorrow” by EBONY.

Wyatt faces six misdemeanor charges, including two counts of unlawful filming of another, two counts of unlawful viewing of another, one count of sexual battery on a patient and one count of unlawful use of force and violence (battery) on another. If convicted on all counts, he faces a maximum sentence of two years in county jail and lifetime registration as a sex offender.

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US women sue surgeon for posting breast pics online with names attached Thu, 30 Aug 2012 00:57:15 +0000 webmistress

Several women from Missouri are taking legal action against their plastic surgeon, who inadvertently posted topless photos of them online that had their full real names attached.

A group of women are suing the St. Louis plastic surgeon after finding out that the so-called anonymous before-and-after photographs of their breast enhancement surgeries are showing up online in Google searches for their names.

According to the St. Louis Dispatch, more than 40 patients of Kirkwood, Missouri, doctor Michele Koo treated, were shocked to find topless images of themselves online linked to their names after undergoing plastic surgery, and at least 10 of them are suing the doctor for overexposing them, the New York Daily News reported.

In the suit filed against the doctor, the women allege Dr. Koo was negligent in allowing the pictures to be posted while still containing identifying information.

Lawyers for the doctor reportedly argue the fault lies with MedNet, the company that designed the website, while MedNet says Koo is responsible since the doctor’s office created the content.

“We’ve gone out of our way to advise them … strenuously, to go check,” MedNet’s CEO John Pellman said.

He said that it was the individual doctors’ responsibility to make sure their content was anonymous.

Plastic surgery patients often consent to their images being used on doctors’ websites with the expectation that the pictures will be anonymous, and not reveal faces or names.

Neil Bruntrager, the lawyer representing eight of the women in the St. Louis lawsuit, said some of the women he’s spoken with only found out the images of themselves were out there when other people alerted them to their existence.

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