Beware Of Bargain Plastic Surgery And “Awake” Plastic Surgery

The North Carolina State Medical Board recently suspended the license of an ear, nose, and throat doctor who was botching “bargain basement” plastic surgeries across the state. In addition, the North Carolina Medical Board is also considering a policy that would prevent doctors from practicing too far out of their training. Both actions by the medical board reflect a growing problem in North Carolina: greedy doctors who take weekend courses on plastic surgery and “awake” surgery in order to cash in on plastic surgery profits. The result? Hundreds of women misshapen and in pain – and many patients filing NC medical malpractice lawsuits.

Medical experts are warning women across America to be wary of any plastic surgery that sounds too good to be true. First among them is awake plastic surgery, which advertises surgeries that don’t involve anesthesia, that are less expensive, and that can be done in the comfort of your doctor’s office. However, what women don’t know before choosing this service is that it is dangerous, it is often performed by under-experienced doctors, and that it can be extremely painful. In fact, medical malpractice lawsuits across the country have included accounts of infections, disfigurement, and pain and suffering that are absolutely shocking.

Because the awake procedures don’t require a hospital stay, an anesthesiologist, or large overhead costs, doctors from a variety of backgrounds are attending weekend seminars and setting up practice. Unfortunately, many of these doctors have no background in surgery, which takes traditional plastic surgeons years to perfect. In one med mal case recently, a woman who suffered a painful liposuction procedure discovered that the doctor who performed it was a radiologist.

Some women are even choosing awake breast augmentations – some because they cost less and some because they are able to choose their breast size during the procedure. However, like awake liposuction, these women find that they suffer significant complications, infections, and pain during surgery.

If you have been the victim of a botched plastic surgery in North Carolina, it is vital that your story is heard. Talk to an NC medical malpractice attorney today.