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Although the birth rate for twins has risen dramatically since 2009 to about 1 in every 38 births, the birth rate for identical twins is significantly more rare: about 1 in every 285 births. The result of a single egg that splits in two, identical twins share more than just their DNA. Emotionally and physically, identical twins can be so alike that people can’t tell them apart. Which can make the job of a plastic surgeon operating on identical twins extremely challenging. Dr. Peter Fodor, an international leader in the field of aesthetic plastic surgery who has operated on a number of identical twins in his Los Angeles, CA practice, shares some of these challenges.
By April MacIntyre Sep 5, 2012, 19:48 GMT
When it comes to your face, a ‘Mulligan’ is not what you want to have happen. Bad plastic surgery is life changing for the worse, and always leaves patients feeling vulnerable, violated and even abused.
Caveat Emptor, meaning buyer beware when it comes to the important decision to have an elective surgery. Bargain shopping for cosmetic procedures is unwise according to board certified Santa Monica, CA plastic surgeon and past president of ASAPS, Dr. Peter B. Fodor.“
As the number of doctors performing surgical procedures without the proper qualifications is growing, the aesthetic enhancement industry is becoming the ‘wild west’ of medicine,” says Dr. Fodor.
Many people undergoing an aesthetic procedure believe the doctor performing the procedure is a board certified plastic surgeon. Just because a doctor advertises a cosmetic procedure does not mean the doctor is qualified.“
Unfortunately, In most states, any licensed medical doctor is legally allowed to perform any procedures including plastic surgery without certification, and they are increasingly doing so,” according to Dr. Fodor.
As a result of the decline in insurance reimbursements many doctors are trying to find other ways to increase their income. Many are attracted to cosmetic procedures because they can set their own fees and are paid directly by the patients.
The result is an onslaught of uncertified medical doctors – from ER doctors, internists and dentists to gynecologists and ophthalmologists – opening medical spas and clinics offering non-surgical and even surgical cosmetic procedures.
One of Dr. Fodor’s natural looking facelifts show his expertise and technique for creating a tasteful, refreshed look for a patient.
“In my practice, redo surgery represents about 50 percent of the surgeries I perform,” said Dr. Fodor. “Many of my colleagues report a significant increase in ‘redos’ as a consequence of unskilled people performing cosmetic procedures that demand training and experience. In many cases damage has been done and, unfortunately, not all patients can be improved upon significantly enough to justify another operation.”
Dr. Fodor adds, “Many of my redo patients divulge that they have failed in their research when they selected their initial plastic surgeon and now, and as a result they are paying the price. Just as in playing tennis, other sports or music, it is not the racquet, musical instrument that plays the primary role in the quality of the performance; it is the person in control that matters the most.”
“It is the responsibility of the patient to research the training, certification and experience of the doctor. Further, shopping for a surgeon on the basis of the price is a costly error….perhaps too costly.”
“Buyer Beware,” he continues. “Many people spend more time and energy getting quotes, recommendations, or opinions about an appliance they want to purchase than they do when choosing a plastic surgeon with whom they will have, in many cases, a life changing surgical procedure. Performing the due diligence required may be time consuming but it is well worth the effort.”
Dr. Peter B. Fodor, a board certified Plastic Surgeon has offices in Santa Monica, CA and Aspen, Colorado.
Every day we see cases of celebrities who have gone under the knife with dire consequences. And, more often than not, normal people find themselves the victims of bad plastic surgery, in part due to the fact that they are seeking a cheaper alternative from backyard operations than the qualified pricier options.
But can a case of bad plastic surgery be fixed? We consulted leading plastic surgeon, Dr. Fodor, who was a past president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, to get his expert opinion on what can and can’t be rectified.
Celebzter: What happens to you when someone comes in with bad surgery? How do start about fixing it?
Dr. Fodor: In most instances because they do not do their diligent homework prior to submitting themselves to surgery. It is very common for people who can amply afford to pay for the best to end up in the hands of the untrained and unscrupulous. The appearance of many celebrities is a tell-tale sign.
Celebzter: With plastic surgery being more common now, has bad surgery become more prevalent?
Dr. Fodor: Yes, unsatisfactory results are more prevalent than ever not only because aesthetic surgery is more common but also because it can legally be performed by a physician with a license regardless of training or lack thereof.
Celebzter: What are the most common examples of botched bad surgery? And what body parts/ facial features?
Dr. Fodor: The examples are plentiful and extend to all areas of the face and body; noses, eyelids, neck, asymmetric liposuction, indentations, etc., etc. For example we have treated facial deformities such as face-lift wind tunnel lips, augmented lips that look like someone is sucking on a cap, (aka fish lips), ear lopes that have been pulled down or disappearing sideburns and the most common one, surprised eye brows. With liposuction we’ve seen indentations and divots in the skin, permanent skin discoloration, scarring, etc… and in breast augmentation, we have done re-dos for people who have had their implants placed unnaturally too high and even some who have visible implant folds. Unfortunately, we have seen, all that plus plenty more.