Plastic surgeon cautious of repeat patients
The China Post news staff
April 2, 2013, 12:16 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A plastic surgeon urged caution when treating repeat patients because they are more likely to initiate malpractice suits and other damages.
Medical practitioners who deal with cosmetic surgery met at a dermatology and aesthetics conference at the Tri-Service General Hospital (三軍總醫院) yesterday.
Repeat patients are more likely to be suffering from body dysmorphic disorder, the symptoms of which are depression, social isolation and hostility, according to Yang Tsung-tsair (楊聰財) of the psychiatry department at Cardinal Tien Hospital (耕莘醫院).
An affected patient's emotional distress can be turned against his plastic surgeon, leading to medical malpractice lawsuits or worse, said Jean Lin (林靜芸) of Jean's Clinic of Plastic Surgery.
At the conference, Lin pointed out that six U.S.-based plastic surgeons have been killed at the hands of repeat patients. She also noted cases of patient-to-physician violence in Taiwan, after surgeries were perceived as botched.
"A patient with body dysmorphic disorder is anathema for a plastic surgeon," she said.
In one classic case, the son of a general requested that she perform his ninth rhinoplasty to give him an aquiline nose like his father's. She declined the case, and then referred the man to a mental health professional.