Teens are increasingly getting plastic surgery procedures in order to fit the perfect image they see in the media. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons states that 219,000 teens between the ages of 13 and 19 had plastic surgery procedures in 2010 and 8,500 were breast augmentations.
Linda Perez, 18, went in to a Miami plastic surgery center to have breast augmentation on August 12, and unfortunately left the clinic in an ambulance. The teenager went to the Coral Gables Cosmetic Center on Monday morning and was in the middle of the procedure when something went terribly wrong. Her heart may have stopped on the way to the hospital and she needed resuscitation procedures.
The anesthesiologist, Dr. Mario Diaz, was convicted of dispensing pain pills illegally and had served over a year in Federal prison along with having his medical license suspended for six months.
Surgery centers all over Florida, and especially in the body conscious Miami area offer “deals” for those seeking the perfect face and body. Teenagers are now the recipients of many of these procedures, and parents sometimes even give in to their teens request for plastic surgery in the hopes of raising their kids self-esteem. The question remains however, are these procedures worth the risk? For Miami Teen Linda Perez, the obvious answer is no.
The teen victim has a three year old son and her prognosis is uncertain. She is now in a coma in intensive care in critical condition with brain damage.