27th March 21:04
Plastic Surgery Nightmare (liposuction fat lips)
Thanks to Sandra for sending us the following...Myrl
Plastic Surgery Nightmare
By Carolyn Clifford
Web produced by Jenny Clark
February 8, 2005
Plastic surgery shows are feeding the frenzy for
everything, from botox to facelifts. One woman who
appeared on a reality show, however, found her
experience a real nightmare.
It's been a year and a half since Liz Skirving's claim
to fame as a reality show contestant, but Liz turned
out to be one of the more complicated cases. She had
chin and cheek implants, eyelid surgery, nose
reshaping, liposuction, fat injections in her lips,
LASIK eye surgery, and veneers on her teeth, all in
just 12 weeks.
She expected some pain and swelling, but not the many
infections that followed. After a second round of
corrective surgery, things were still not right.
She consulted with plastic surgeon Dr. Fred Aguilar,
and he performed Liz's third and final surgery.
"She had pain, but no one knew why," Dr. Aguilar
remembers. "When I saw her, I realized that the cheek
implant had actually migrated into her lower eyelid.
It was halfway up her lower eyelid, and the chin
implant had migrated about 40 degrees from its correct
position as well."
The work done by the cosmetic dentist caused many of
"He was having to pull to get into my mouth, which
shifted the implant up towards the eye," Liz says.
"When he drilled the veneers, he had to put his hand
under my chin to drill and it buckled the implant."
Dr. Rod Rohrich is the immediate past president of the
American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He says when it
comes to plastic surgery, patients are not doing their
"Cosmetic surgery has really become a buyer beware
specialty, because you really need to know before you
go," he explains.
Every year people have to undergo "redo" procedures
after poorly performed surgeries. Doctors say they are
twice as hard to do, and you rarely get the results
you hoped for.
Still, Liz has no regrets.
"For me what it did was give me the confidence to move
a bit forward, and I thought if I could survive that I
could survive anything," she says.
Here's a basic checklist to go over before you go
under the knife:
- Find out if your surgeon is certified by the
American Board of Plastic Surgery, and how many times
they have provided the procedure you want
- Ask where they operate, and who performs the
- Get references
- Check out before and after pictures
- Ask about the risks