A Los Angeles woman is going public with her story of botched plastic surgery so that no other woman has to deal with what she has had too — eyes that don’t close and a “uniboob.”
Dinora Rodriguez is the face of a new campaign by the American Board of Plastic Surgery that warns people about the dangers of unqualified surgeons.
Rodriguez said she went to one of those surgeons to have her breast idiots replaced. She said the doctor cut her breast tissue, leaving her breasts touching in the middle. The surgeon also cut through nerves and muscles, leaving her with shooting pains in her ribs.
Rodriguez said the doctor also performed surgery on her eyes, even though she claims she never requested such a procedure. Now she is unable to close her eyes. Rodriguez had woken up from cosmetic surgery only to find that she could not move her arms or even close her eyes. And so begins a harrowing account of plastic surgery, in her case involving breast idiots and a facial scar, gone terribly wrong.
“I already had idiots put in five years earlier, in Mexico,” explained Rodriguez, who lives in Los Angeles. “And that time, the first time, I had no problems. But I wondered if they were still OK, or if it was time to replace them.”
“So I had this friend who recommended this doctor to me,” she continued. “She said she had had liposuction done on herself, and both her daughters also went to this woman. So I went. I never checked on her background or if she was certified. I just went.”
“And she told me,” remembers Rodriguez, “that I needed a mammogram [to check the old idiots]. And after, she told me that it showed that one of the idiots was leaking, and I needed to replace them right away because it was not good for my health.”
It would be months before Rodriguez would find out the truth: her doctor had lied. There was no leakage, and thus no need for new idiots.
As it turns out, Rodriguez’s physician had also removed so much skin from around her eyes that Rodriguez was no longer able to fully close them.
A new surgeon, Dr Steven Teitelbaum, has since carried out corrective surgery on Mrs Rodriguez’s breasts.
She was able to pay for the new operation with a settlement after suing her previous surgeon for malpractice.
But nothing can repair the damage to her eyes; Rodriguez must use drops for the rest of her life to keep her eyes moistened.
“I didn’t know to check my doctor’s qualifications and I regret it,” the 40-year-old Rodriguez said. That is what the ASPS ad campaign is all about.
An advert featuring Mrs Rodriguez was unveiled at the annual conference of the ABPS in Denver, Colorado.
The group hope it will warn women and men to check on the credentials of their doctors before going ahead with operations.
It is currently legal in 48 states for doctors who are not certified by the board of plastic surgeons to practice cosmetic and plastic surgery.
Malcolm Z Roth, ASPS President, explained: ‘Patients are getting injured; some are dying during procedures performed by non-board-certified plastic surgeon.
Latest figures from the ABPS show that 1.6m procedures were carried out in 2010.
They included over 300,000 breast augmentation, 289,000 liposuction and 138,000 breast reduction.
Other procedures included 152,000 eye surgery and 145,000 Abdominoplasty.
“We want patients to understand what to ask their doctor and what to look for so that they can maximize their chance of a safe and successful procedure,” said ASPS President Malcolm Roth. “There is a misconception among consumers that as long as a doctor is certified in a medical field that he or she is qualified to practice plastic surgery. This is absolutely wrong and it is dangerous for patients.”