What You Get for Cutting Corners: The Top 6 Plastic Surgery Horror Stories of the Year

Samantha Johnson

by Samantha Johnson | July 13, 2012 @ 10:00AM

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Want to save money on a cosmetic surgery procedure?  Be careful what you wish for.  In lieu of Friday the 13th, we thought it would be ideal to spotlight some very unlucky patients who fell victim to bad plastic surgery.  Here are the top stories:

Cement and tire sealant injections cause infection and pneumonia:

Oneal Ron Morris, a 30-year-old transgender woman also known as "The Dutchess," was arrested for practicing medicine without a license after she allegedly injected patients' faces and backsides with cement, tire sealant, glue and mineral oil. Her first victim, Shaquanda, wanted a curvier body and had been searching for plastic surgery at a cheap price.  What she got instead was infection and pneumonia caused by the toxic concoction. She paid $700 for the injections. Read More

Injections cause huge nodules on cheekbones

A second victim, Rajee (pictured left), a transgender female, says she took a chance and had Oneal Morris perform injections on her face, buttocks and chest. It took some time for her to have a reaction, but when she did, she says large, hard nodules formed on her cheekbones. Rajee tells a news agency, “It becomes so dire for you to want to match your outside with your inside that you’re willing to roll the dice and take chances. I could’ve died, and I know that now.” Read More


Man's penis falls off:

In 2007, according to records, Enrique Milla, then 60, chose to have elective surgery for an implant (a plastic straw) because of erectile dysfunction caused by diverse ailments. “He didn’t do this to have a bigger penis,” Milla's attorney said. “This was because of medical reasons: He just wanted to have relations with his wife.” Two weeks after the surgery, however, a small infection turned into gangrene, and life-saving amputation became necessary. Read More


Illegal liposuction nearly kills woman

Barbara Nieto, the owner of Perfect Image Stethics in Corona, Queens, pled guilty to nearly killing a client after she performed an illegal liposuction.  The 29-year-old "surgeon" removed fat from a woman's stomach and injected it into the her buttocks. A week later, the woman nearly died from septic shock after the wounds became infected. She underwent life-saving surgery and was hospitalized for five days, said the DA. Read More  


Woman's nipples turn black and begin to fall off

Deyanira Polledo never laid eyes on her doctor until two minutes before he sliced her open.  She would later discover that he had no board certification and did only a one-year internship in Cuba, where he received a medical degree. "Something in my heart told me to get out, said Polledo, "but then I thought about the money I would give up." Seven thousand dollars had already been charged to her MasterCard. Four days later, her nipples turned black. Her breasts were burning, flaming red. Read More


New Jersey woman can't fully blink after eyelid surgery:

 After noticing small bumps along her eyelid creases from her second cosmetic procedure, Marilyn Leisz was advised to get another procedure that would make her look more rested and alert.  Since surgery, Leisz cannot fully close her eyes. She uses steroid drops and creams to lubricate them and wears a mask over her face at night to prevent scratching her corneas. After suing her surgeon, a jury awarded her $115,000 -- an amount she called "a joke." 

So, let us take a lesson from our friends: If the price of a cosmetic surgery procedure seems too good to be true, it probably is. A little research can save you a world of hurt in the future. Here are a few quick tips to follow when considering any type of cosmetic surgery:

  • Find a doctor or two (or three) in your area, and book consultations to compare pricing and experience
  • Make sure your doctor is board-certified
  • Learn about the procedure, ask questions, and make sure the doctor is experienced with performing that procedure
  • Ask to see before and after photos of the procedure you want to get
  • Make sure the surgery will be performed in a medical facility

For more information about choosing a qualified doctor, read more here.

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