BEWARE of Unsafe Standards for Liposculpture or Liposuction!

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS

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Orange County Plastic Surgeon

Recent advertisements in the Los Angeles and Orange County area have promoted a doctor who clearly states that he is not a “Board Certified Plastic Surgeon” and then goes on trying to convince his audience that he only does minimally invasive procedures to remove fat, not invasive “surgery” like real plastic surgeons. He states that you can even “drive home” yourself after your procedure.

It is unfortunate that the public still does not understand what is safe when it comes to Plastic Surgery!!!!

Any procedure that removes 1-10 lbs of fat IS INVASIVE by definition. The video on this doctor’s website should create a field day for our plaintiff attorney friends as several standards of practice in the performance of liposuction are severely questionable. Sterile technique, the location of surgery, and post operative care are all in question.

Who is liable for the patient who passes out in their car on the way home and crashes after having 5 liters of fat, fluid and blood removed. Is driving home after what is truly an invasive procedure in anyone’s best interest? Is this something that a reasonable surgeon in California should advocate?

— Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS — Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS