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tic surgeon in Coral Gables, Fla., who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. “It makes all the sense in the world to check up on your surgeon.� “You say to yourself, ‘What were some of these people thinking?’� he added. The ABPS, the world’s largest organization of boardcertified plastic surgeons, warns that more patients than ever are getting injured or dying because they are choosing to undergo procedures with unqualified surgeons or people. The Texas story is just one case in a string of recent horrifying plastic surgery nightmares, which includes one woman who injected rubber cement into her patients to give them butt implants. A Los Angeles woman was left with a “uniboob,� where both her breasts were connected by skin after a botched surgery. And just last year, a woman received a $10 million settlement from a British judge who determined her face lift surgery, which was performed in Leeds, U.K., caused nerve damage. Baker says he understands

As reports of botched implants increase, we ask plastic surgeons about what to look for in a doctor Instead of going to a licensed medical practitioner for breast augmentation two weeks ago, a woman from Tyler, Texas, decided to go to Queen Divas Hair Salon and Spa instead. There, she was implanted with an unidentified substance by salon owner Carmel Foster, authorities told a local television station. The woman “became very ill — her chest was swollen, and she was complaining of a lot

of pain.� She was admitted to a local hospital in critical condition.

“It makes all the sense in the world to check up on your surgeon.� DR. STEPHAN BAKER, LICENSED PLASTIC SURGEON IN CORAL GABLES, FLA., AMERICAN BOARD OF PLASTIC SURGERY CERTIFIED

Going under the knife is a pricey and painful decision, but thousands choose to undergo the procedures in search of that ideal body. But, the unsafe -— not to mention highly illegal -— choice to cut costs and go with a less reputable doctor or use an unlicensed person can be downright deadly. “You’re having surgery electively,� explains Dr. Stephan Baker, a licensed plas-

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