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Reader Laura on a UK Plastic Surgery Complications Story

Posted Sep 02 2009 12:00am

Reader Question:

Times Online UK

“A survey this year by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons showed that two in five of their members had had to correct complications caused by the injection of permanent fillers by high street clinics in the past year, and one in five had had to correct complications with body contouring.”

Another patient beware story. I find it a bit worrisome that the number of Doctors in England that have had to fix problems with previously performed cosmetic surgery is so high. Are these numbers high to you? Do you think the numbers are higher or lower here in the US?

The use of fillers is also on the rise here and many are injected by non plastic surgeons. I do not see this many poor outcomes for revisions, but see some on occasion. Maybe my local region has fewer permanent filler problems. I hear of them mostly in Florida by the way of occasional news stories.

There are many non plastic surgeons doing liposuction these days. The economy of traditional medicine is partly to blame. “Turkey Tummy” is a good nickname for the result when patients who would have been better served by a tummy tuck have liposuction.

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD

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