Botched surgery case highlights importance of research

April 30, 2012 Comments Off on Botched surgery case highlights importance of research

After performing a number of botched plastic surgeries that left women near death, a doctor from the Dominican Republic has been sent to his home country and barred from returning to the United States for three years, according to the New York Post.

The perpetrator, Hector Cabral, who is a licensed plastic surgeon in the Dominican Republic but not the United States, would reportedly visit New York City spas and salons seeking potential clients. Once he had them in Santo Domingo, he would perform a liposuction procedure, a treatment that eventually left at least six women with blackening of a large portion of their midsection and caused life-threatening infections.

"I cannot even show myself, my body" victim Francisca Fernandez, 48, told the court at a recent sentencing. "I am scared to even see myself in the mirror. When I see my scar, I see his face."

The story illustrates the importance of finding a well-trained, reliable plastic surgeon whether patients are looking for a tummy tuck procedure, liposuction or breast augmentation. As is the case with any medical doctor, research is important, and according to WebMD there are a number of things to consider when looking for a plastic surgeon.

One of the most important things to look for is whether a potential surgeon is board certified, which means they have had more training. Additionally, many industry insiders urge patients to visit with  their doctor at least twice before deciding to go under the knife. The first time should be more of an information-gathering exercise, which will cover everything from risks to costs to recovery time. During the second time, patient and doctor can discuss specific procedures.

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