Plastic Surgery Nightmares: What Now?

Plastic Surgery Nightmares: What Now?

Dr. Phil tells his guests, "I guess I'll say on his behalf, since he's not here, that he feels like expectations may have been unreasonable, and that basically, he has said that competition has pushed prices down so far that there are people getting plastic surgery who really can't afford it. People are getting plastic surgery who don't have money for the follow-up, for the revisions. I said, ‘Then why are you doing it? Why would you do it if you know they can't afford it, and you know those things would be coming, why are you doing it?' He said, ‘Well, right at this point, I wasn't going to do this anymore. I was thinking of following some business interests, but then I partnered with somebody who said, "Let's get surgery available to everybody,"' and so the prices were pushed way, way, way down, and I guess that's why y'all weren't in a recovery center, or hospital, or didn't have what seems to me to be a standard of aftercare. But after an 8-, 10-hour procedure, shouldn't you have some aftercare, Doctor?"

"Absolutely. It is a very competitive market, and one of the reasons is we have non-plastic surgeons entering in the cosmetic surgery arena," Dr. Ordon explains.

Dr. Hicks asks, "Also, Dr. Phil, are you aware that any physician in the State of California can practice plastic surgery, cosmetic surgery? There's no law against that."


"Let's talk about that, because I think people at home don't know. If you go to the phone book, and you look up plastic and reconstructive surgeons, those are individuals who are board certified, correct?" Dr. Phil asks.

Both doctors say no. "The yellow pages doesn't check," Dr. Ordon explains. "If you're doing some kind of plastic surgery, even if it's Botox injections, or you limit yourself to eyelids or liposuction, you can list yourself under the section ‘Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons.'"

"The question is, what do they do now?" Dr. Phil asks about the three women.

"I think for everybody here, there is definite room for significant improvement," Dr. Ordon says. "In the case of the abdominal case, that scar has widened. That scar can be revised. That bad scar can be removed in time to leave her with a much straighter, thinner line." He tells Jama, "In your case, with multiple scars, asymmetry, uneven scars, scars that are raised, again, scar revision will help them to a certain degree, and then there are other things you can do to improve qualities of scars. There's laser [treatment,] there are medications that you can put on to improve that."

Dr. Phil turns to Dr. Hicks. "He's your nephew, so I guess it's putting you on the spot, but should Dr. Adams be doing this plastic surgery without being certified?"

"I think it's up to the courts to decide, and I think that will be determined by the medical board," he says. "I am very shocked and very dismayed
about all of this, and I certainly don't condone some of the things that have been done, and I do feel very sad about it. I feel for your [guests.]"

Dr. Ordon says, "I think this is good wake-up call for anybody considering plastic surgery, but now is the time to talk about the proactive things that you can do, and I think we talked about some of them: board certification, accredited facility, do you homework, ask
questions ahead of time. Ten minutes is not enough. I mean, you've got to ask, ‘What if there is a problem? Where do I go? Which hospital do I go to? What are the most common problems that can occur?' All of that has to happen."

Dr. Phil asks Dr. Ordon, "Would you let Dr. Adams operate on one of your loved ones?"

He pauses. "Well, probably not because I have other choices," he says.

"How about you?" Dr. Phil asks Dr. Hicks.

"Dr. Phil, you put me in a very difficult position because he is my relative, and until all the facts are proven, I can't really answer that question," he says.