Illegal Medical Clinic Leaves Woman Blind After Rhinoplasty Surgery

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Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS, and Director of the Institute for Rhinoplasty & Nasal Reconstruction in Los Angeles comments on a recent article surrounding an increase in illegal cosmetic surgeons and discusses the importance of reviewing doctors credentials.

Dr Babak Azizzadeh MD

No two patients have the same face, which is why no two rhinoplasty procedures are the same. Whenever I perform a rhinoplasty for a patient, I aim to achieve facial balance, which improves symmetry and brings the most natural results possible.

In a recent article published in the Shanghaiist on May 7th, 2013, just a few days ago, the story of a 20-year-old woman who entered what she believed to be a board certified plastic surgeon’s office for a rhinoplasty was profiled. The woman, who wishes to be referred to as Liu, did not receive the ideal nasal goals she set out to achieve, and was instead left with permanent blindness in her left eye. According to world-renowned rhinoplasty surgeon Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS, this can be an unfortunate outcome of being tricked into believing a surgeon is actually board certified and experienced.

“It’s extremely sad that this woman had such a poor experience with her rhinoplasty. Unfortunately, the presence of unlicensed individuals claiming to hold medical degrees is becoming increasingly popular as the quest for beauty and facial balance grows,” said expert rhinoplasty surgeon Dr. Azizzadeh.

In Lui’s case, the man who performed her surgery did not have a license to practice medicine, and instead transformed a small apartment in Shanghai into an improvised plastic surgery office. His experience in cosmetic surgery was limited to his previous job working in a beauty salon. According to police who have since arrested the imposter, Lui’s blindness occurred as a result of injections to the nose during the procedure, which caused permanent nerve damage.

“Whenever a person is considering plastic surgery, it’s very important to review your doctor’s reputation. Ask to look at before and after photos, and most importantly, make sure they are board certified and have attended accredited institutions,” said Dr. Azizzadeh.

As Director of the Institute for Rhinoplasty & Nasal Reconstruction in Los Angeles and a board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Azizzadeh believes that the best way to achieve ideal nasal outcomes for all patients is to perform custom procedures tailored to meet the goals of each individual.

“No two patients have the same face, which is why no two rhinoplasty procedures are the same. Whenever I perform a rhinoplasty for a patient, I aim to achieve facial balance, which improves symmetry and brings the most natural results possible,” said Dr. Azizzadeh, rhinoplasty expert.

Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS is the Director of the Center for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills. Dr. Azizzadeh is Harvard-trained and board-certified by both the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. Due to his vast expertise in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery and excellent reputation, he is one of the most sought-after surgeons in the United States. Dr. Azizzadeh graduated from the UCLA School of Medicine with high honors, and continued his training by completing a six-year residency program in Head and NeckSurgery / Facial Plastic Surgery at UCLA Medical Center.

For additional information regarding the top cosmetic procedures for men in 2012, or if you have other questions for Dr. Azizzadeh, please visit http://www.rhinoplastynet.com or call 310-657-2203.

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