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  • In the latest instance of fake plastic surgery, Oneal Ron Morris, 30, who police say was born a man and identifies as a woman apparently injected herself with foreign material to boost her derriere before injecting other women with the industrial materials.

    Oneal Ron Morris has been charged with practicing medicine without a license with serious bodily injury after posing as a doctor and filling a woman’s buttocks with cement, mineral oil and flat-tire sealant, a dangerous hardware store way of performing buttocks augmentation.

    Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Salzhauer says, “It is hard to believe that with all the information, resources  and safe guards in place for patients these days that this incidence could and did still happen.  Below is a checklist that should be used when choosing a plastic surgeon.”

    1. Is the surgeon a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery?

    This society requires that a surgeon be board certified by the American Board of Plastic

    Surgery, and have been in practice at least two years. Verify by either calling 800-635-0635

    or look them up on the web at http://www1.plasticsurgery.org/ebusiness4/PatientConsumers/findasurgeon.aspx.

     

    2. Is the surgeon board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?

    Note that any other word in place of PLASTIC is not the same and usually indicates significantly less training, i.e. Cosmetic, Aesthetic, Facial Cosmetic, etc. Verify by either calling (847) 491-9091. or look them up on the web at https://www.abms.org/WC/login.aspx.

    3. Does the surgeon have a clean Malpractice record?

    It is important to know if the surgeon has any Malpractice lawsuits against them; and how this was resolved. These public records can be verified by looking them up at: https://apps.fldfs.com/PLCR/Search/MPLClaim.aspx and type in the physician’s name. Make sure to spell the surgeon’s name correctly.

    4. Is the surgeon authorized to perform the procedure in local hospitals?

    All hospitals verify training and education and they only allow surgeons who are adequately trained for specific procedures to perform them in their hospital. They also have committees in place that monitor potential problems to help insure patient protection.

    5. Do you feel comfortable with the surgeon?

    Feeling comfortable with your doctor will allow you to communicate your specific needs so that you can achieve the precise look you desire. Feeling uncomfortable with the surgeon can actually affect the outcome because you may be more stressed and you may be hesitant to ask questions that are important in how the procedure is done and its outcome.

    6. Do you feel comfortable with the staff?

    This is important because often you spend as much time with the staff as the surgeon. They will be the ones that coordinate your surgical process and will be your support team throughout your cosmetic surgery experience.

    7. Is the surgeon reachable if you have questions or problems?

    Your surgeon should be reachable 24 hours a day for all questions. It’s better to ask a seemingly simple question than to ignore a potential problem.

    8. Can you talk to previous patients who have had this procedure?

    If you are given the option to speak with a patient who had the procedure that you are considering, it is normal for this to take up to a couple of weeks to happen. Due to patient confidentiality, the patient’s name cannot be given to you, and it can take a while to contact the patient and get them to call you.

    9. Do you like the before and after pictures from other patients?

    A surgeon’s style is often evident in the before and after pictures.

    10. Will the procedure be performed in a certified facility?

    Your health should be the primary concern and certain procedures need to be done in a sterile surgical facility. Whenever anesthesia is used, you will want to be adequately monitored. Going to a certified facility helps guarantee that you are in a safe environment.

    11. Has the surgeon received advanced training specifically in cosmetic surgery in addition to the standard plastic surgery training? This is important because this denotes that the surgeon is indeed a specialist in the field of cosmetic surgery.

    12. Has the surgeon performed this procedure on many patients?

    If you are the first patient that a surgeon is doing a specific procedure on, you have the right to know. Going to a surgeon who performs your procedure on a regular basis will increase your chances of getting a good result.

    Please use this checklist in your search for the right (and safe)plastic surgeon for your cosmetic surgery.

    In addition to the woman who eventually came forward after being hospitalized with flu-like symptoms and severe pain, which are not normal symptoms of plastic surgery recovery, police believe that Morris may have used her concoction on other women who are too ashamed to come forward.

    Read the complete celebrity plastic surgery profile of Oneal Ron Morris on Plasticopedia, the web’s largest celebrity plastic surgery encyclopedia.

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