Friday, November 14, 2008
Weighing in on Korean Cooking Oil Filler
Everyone is talking about Hang Mioku, the Korean woman who became addicted to cosmetic surgery to the point of injecting her face with cooking oil when no real doctor would see her.
It's not as far-fetched as it sounds, especially with today's economy. Every city in America has several arrests a year involving illegal practitioners, doing all kinds of back-alley liposuction, breast implants, fillers, and anything else you can think of. Patients looking to cut costs often end up risking their health, tens of thousands of dollars of corrective surgery, and if they're lucky, merely a disappointing result.
Always do your homework and go to a respectable board-certified doctor. If we say no, and we sometimes have to, then we really mean it. If we say yes, we have FDA-approved procedures and fillers that won't make you the 5 o clock news.
One of my patients spoke to ABCNews.com about her own plastic surgery nightmare, and was kind enough to mention the work I did in correcting it. You can find it here.
Dr. Jason Pozner