Bad Plastic Surgery

Medical Malpractice Suits for Cosmetic Surgery on the Rise

It always saddens me to read stories about women who think they are getting a deal on their plastic surgery, ending up disfigured, or dead. When seeking cosmetic surgery, it is important to only go to a  Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. You should always ask about the doctors credentials before you commit to any surgery.  It’s important to understand that general medical doctors do not have the same training as a plastic surgeon.  Although it is legal for a family medical doctor to perform surgery, why would you take the risk? Just because a doctor trained in family medicine has opened a cosmetic clinic that does not qualify him  to preform cosmetic surgery on patients. Please do your homework. You only have one face and one body, choose wisely. Having revision plastic surgery is very costly. Some plastic surgeons will not even take the case and sometimes the damage is so disfiguring leading to suicide.  If you can’t afford to go to a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, than wait until you can!!The following is an article which appeared in the Omaha Herald, about a Omaha doctor was is not a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, yet he preformed breast augmentations, tummy tucks and eyelid lifts.

Medical malpractice suits filed against Omaha doctor, cosmetic surgery clinic

Aug 2, 2017 Updated 10 min ago

Seven women have filed lawsuits in Douglas County District Court alleging medical malpractice by an Omaha doctor and his cosmetic surgery clinic.

The lawsuits, filed last week, allege that the women suffered scarring, disfigurement and pain as a result of the actions of Dr. Gerard J. Stanley Jr. and Sculpt Contemporary Cosmetic Surgery in Omaha.

Omaha attorney James Martin Davis, who is representing the seven women and two spouses, said the women all thought Stanley was a plastic surgeon. They underwent procedures in his office including breast lifts, tummy tucks and an eyebrow lift.

 Davis said he referred the women to a board-certified plastic surgeon before taking the case and then to a second plastic surgeon to determine what remedies were available. Since the lawsuits were filed, he said, he has been contacted by four other women who have raised similar concerns.

A staff member at Stanley’s clinic referred a call for comment to his attorney, Mark Novotny of Omaha.

“We believe Dr. Stanley and Sculpt Cosmetic Surgery provided excellent care to these patients. Through the court system, everyone at Sculpt Cosmetic Surgery will be vindicated,” Novotny said in a statement.

 Stanley is board-certified in family medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine, according to the American Board of Medical Specialties, the nation’s largest accrediting body with 24 member boards. According to his website, he established Sculpt in 2012 and is a magna cum laude graduate of Creighton University School of Medicine.

In April 2014, he agreed to ensure that people working under his supervision work only within the scope of their practice and that they have the appropriate licensure required for duties.

The agreement came in response to an allegation that Stanley allowed unlicensed individuals to perform facials and chemical peels without a valid Nebraska license to practice aesthetics or cosmetology.

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10 Tips Before Plastic Surgery

Having any surgery is a big deal.  Don’t take having a plastic surgery procedure lightly.

I wrote these ten tips on Twitter  so I thought I ‘d share all of them here. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram @niptuckcoach for more tips.

 

 

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Revision FaceLift: The Emotional Roller Coaster of Revision Plastic Surgery

One of the reasons I founded The NipTuck Coach, a plastic surgery consulting business was due to my own cosmetic surgery disappointment and my post-surgery emotional roller coaster. You can read about my facelift  experience and disappointing surgery results here.

My plastic surgery journey included, poor post-op care, poor communications and a less than desirable outcome. This fueled my insight into the psychological aspects of going under the knife, as well as what’s wrong with the plastic surgery industry today. I’m hoping to make a difference in patient communications. 

I’m not new to the world of plastic surgery or the beauty industry.  I’ve worked in the industry for many years, have had dozens of procedures and have an understanding of plastic surgery beyond most lay people. Despite all of my knowledge and insider connections the outcome of my surgery did not meet my reasonable expectations or an agreed upon outcome. My experience with my plastic surgeon was less than stellar and I had no one to turn to for advocacy and support.

 You are probably wondering why this happened and how I’m dealing with it. A plastic surgeon’s best referral is a beautiful outcome. No plastic surgeon wants to have an unhappy patient, or so you would think. The goal is to rectify a less than optimal outcome by good communications, acknowledgment from the surgeon that the results could be better, and finding the best resolution for the patient. If the surgeon feels he/she cannot meet the patients expectations, then its up to the surgeon to do whatever is in the best interest of the patient, including referring to a colleague, who may be more skilled for this surgery. Finally, working out agreeable financial terms.  (more…)

Considering Plastic Surgery: Questions to Ask

Are you considering plastic surgery ?

Do your own research do not rely on websites, Yelp, or choose a surgeon because they have the most You Tube videos.

Here are the Top Questions to ask your surgeon.

1. What is the surgeon’s credentials and what certified boards to they belong to? The official site is The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, www.plasticsurgery.org  The American Board of Plastic Surgery www.abplsurg.org  There are additionally local boards that surgeons belong to in the city where they practice. Fellowships and training are also important information and should be taken into consideration as well as teaching positions, and published articles in peer reviewed literature rather than mass market books.

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