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post #1 of 17
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I was just watching the beginning of Oprah. She has a guest who has had cosmetic surgery many times. I think she said 26! She wants a nose similar to Michael Jackson's. Her nose has previously had surgery to narrow it. She cannot breathe well through it now. Sometimes she needs to use a q-tip. She said she would have an anxiety attack if she ran out of them.
My question: Do you think in extreme cases the doctor has a responsibility to REFUSE to operate?
IMO, it is malpractice to operate on someone for cosmetic reasons only when the result could be detremental to their health.
post #2 of 17
I agree with you--if it puts their health on the line, the doctors should either warn them, which they probably do I guess, and refuse. Only thing is, I'm not sure if they're allowed to refuse to do the surgery...
post #3 of 17
Doctors CAN refuse to perform elective procedures. It is a doctor's ethical and LEGAL duty to inform patients of possible detrimental effects of any procedure. That's why patients have to sign "informed consent" forms, prior to procedures.
post #4 of 17
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Originally Posted by Rockcat
I was just watching the beginning of Oprah. She has a guest who has had cosmetic surgery many times. I think she said 26! She wants a nose similar to Michael Jackson's. Her nose has previously had surgery to narrow it. She cannot breathe well through it now. Sometimes she needs to use a q-tip. She said she would have an anxiety attack if she ran out of them.
My question: Do you think in extreme cases the doctor has a responsibility to REFUSE to operate?
IMO, it is malpractice to operate on someone for cosmetic reasons only when the result could be detremental to their health.

I saw that today also, I had seen her on there before, she screwed herself up big time, I hate to say it but now she looks like a clown, she was a very pretty girl before. I wonder what is wrong with her husband also, letting her do all that.
I sure do agree that they have a responsibilty to say no, people get addicted to Plastic Surgary, I personally feel like sure has ruined herself. There are addications to every darn thing anymore.
post #5 of 17
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Originally Posted by halfpint
I saw that today also, I had seen her on there before, she screwed herself up big time, I hate to say it but now she looks like a clown, she was a very pretty girl before. I wonder what is wrong with her husband also, letting her do all that.
I sure do agree that they have a responsibilty to say no, people get addicted to Plastic Surgary, I personally feel like sure has ruined herself. There are addications to every darn thing anymore.
I agree and I feel sorry for her. If a drug addict went to a doctor for drugs, he would refuse. I just can't believe any ETHICAL doctor would continue to preform cosmetic surgery on this woman.
post #6 of 17
I can't help but wonder whether this lady has a psychological disorder called Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Here is a web page describing the disorder.

People with this disorder often have multiple plastic surgeries, but they are never satisfied, and then have even more surgeries. It is a very sad disorder.
post #7 of 17
Yes the show was about BDD and everyone featured was suffering from it.

Horrible....
post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by lotsocats
I can't help but wonder whether this lady has a psychological disorder called Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Here is a web page describing the disorder.

People with this disorder often have multiple plastic surgeries, but they are never satisfied, and then have even more surgeries. It is a very sad disorder.
The show was so sad. I didn't see the whole thing, but the next guest was a really good looking guy who thought the was ugly. He said he cried when he saw the segment about the woman we were discussing because she had the disorder and didn't even know it.
post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by Rockcat
I just can't believe any ETHICAL doctor would continue to preform cosmetic surgery on this woman.
Thats the problem. the people who accept these kinds of surgeries just see their patients as ATM's. She is a cash cow, pure and simple.
post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by Rockcat
She wants a nose similar to Michael Jackson's.
My goodness! Whatever for? His nose appears to be falling off his face - I can't imagine anyone else wanting to look like he does.

Sue
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by millyanddaisy
My goodness! Whatever for? His nose appears to be falling off his face - I can't imagine anyone else wanting to look like he does.

Sue
I don't get it either.
post #12 of 17
I saw that show. A perfectly lovely girl turned herself into a clownish looking freak. Her lips are huge, and her nose is collapsing into her face. HIDEOUS!!!!!! She is 28 and has had 26 surgeries. Her surgeon finally said enough when she wanted her nose done again.
There were several people on the same show with BDD. (The experts said the plastic girl did not have it.) The girl that had BDD was fairly attractive, and the guy was gorgeous, angelic looking. I hope someone can help them, as they have a true disorder. The plastic surgery girl just wanted to look better to get attention, and ended up a freak. I have NO sympathy for her.
post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by lotsocats
I can't help but wonder whether this lady has a psychological disorder called Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Here is a web page describing the disorder.

People with this disorder often have multiple plastic surgeries, but they are never satisfied, and then have even more surgeries. It is a very sad disorder.
She does. She was on a later show re-capping this one, with other people who have the same condition.
post #14 of 17
Hahaha I heard as a joke on the radio this morning that Donald Trump had had `skull reduction' surgery to hide his balding. They said he had the world's most elaborate comb-over, and that when he got into the shower it all unwound and came down to his knees!

Now THAT is extreme!!
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by Rockcat
I agree and I feel sorry for her. If a drug addict went to a doctor for drugs, he would refuse. I just can't believe any ETHICAL doctor would continue to preform cosmetic surgery on this woman.

Actually in some cases a dr will prescribe synthetic drugs for a drug user, knowing that if the dr does not then the patient is likely to get the drugs from other sources and be much more at risk. It does not help the addiction, but can help control the risk of the patient obtaining illegal drugs from elsewhere and endangering their lives. So perhaps the dr is more concerned that the plastic surgery addict may go to someone else who is not qualified out of desperation, and so the dr has an obligation to prevent that from happening, to keep his patient safe.
post #16 of 17
That was a scary looking girl on Oprah. I can't believe she puts herself through that to look like that.
post #17 of 17
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Originally Posted by annabelle33
Actually in some cases a dr will prescribe synthetic drugs for a drug user, knowing that if the dr does not then the patient is likely to get the drugs from other sources and be much more at risk. It does not help the addiction, but can help control the risk of the patient obtaining illegal drugs from elsewhere and endangering their lives. So perhaps the dr is more concerned that the plastic surgery addict may go to someone else who is not qualified out of desperation, and so the dr has an obligation to prevent that from happening, to keep his patient safe.
IMO, other than some kind of treatment program (like methadone for heroin addicts), any doctor who perscribes drugs to a known addict so that he won't get them on the street is by far unethical as well.
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