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‘Human Barbie’ Gives 7-Year-Old Daughter Liposuction Voucher

Keith Brofsky/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- The U.K.’s self-proclaimed “Human Barbie” gave her 7-year-old daughter an unusual stocking stuffer this Christmas: a £7,000 voucher for liposuction.

The holiday gift was a follow-up to Poppy’s most recent birthday present from her mum: A £6,000 voucher for breast augmentation.

‘She asks for surgery all the time. She wants to look good and lipo is one of those procedures that will always come in handy,” 51-year-old Sarah Burge told the U.K.’s Daily Mail. “I see these vouchers as investing in her future, like saving money for her education.”

Last year Burge, who says she taught her daughter how to pole dance when the girl was 6, defended giving her daughter a breast augmentation voucher when she told Closer Magazine, “Poppy begged me for a boob job, so I gave her the voucher so she can have it after she’s 16, when it’s legal.  If she develops naturally big boobs, she can have something else done with it.”

The mother says that her other daughters, ages 27 and 17, have already had work done. As for Burge, the Daily Mail reported that she rang in her 51st birthday with £51,000 of cosmetic surgery.

Burge has reportedly spent close to $ 1 million on her own plastic surgery endeavors.  She works as an event planner for plastic surgery and swinging parties, and dabbles as a scribe of erotic novels.

“Some people think it’s controversial and I get angry when strangers say I’m a bad mother because I don’t think there’s any harm in giving her this gift,” Burge told the mag. “Poppy is a normal kid who is good at sports and loves playing outside. Girls don’t want Snow White and Cinderella any more."

“They want to be WAGs [a British term to describe wives and girlfriends of high-profile soccer stars], and famous like Cheryl Cole and Lady Gaga,” Burge said.  “I’m just supporting her and making her dreams come true.  Looks are a big part of how our futures pan out -- there shouldn’t be a stigma around wanting to look good.”

As for Poppy, she said of her voucher, “I can’t wait to be like Mummy with big boobs.  They’re pretty.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Prosecutors: Phony Doctor Botched Liposuction Then Flushed Fat

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The story sounds almost too bizarre to be believed.  A man posing as a physician’s assistant performs a cut-rate liposuction on a woman who is awake but anesthetized.  He asks her to hold her IV bag while he works, all the while smoking a cigar.  A few days later, he shows up at her house with six pounds of her fat and, telling her he needs to dispose of it, flushes it down her toilet.

As first reported in the San Francisco Chronicle, this account was what city prosecutors allege happened to an as yet unidentified woman and led to the Thursday arrest of Carlos Guzmangarza, 49, on a litany of charges.

Messages left Monday with the San Francisco district attorney’s office and the Medical Board of California were not immediately returned, though yesterday was a federal holiday. But according to the story in the Chronicle, prosecutors allege that Guzmangarza stole the identities of a physician and a physician’s assistant, which he used to operate a bogus clinic.  Prosecutors said he charged only $3,000, and that he also gave the patient’s daughter a series of injections he said would help treat her acne.

According to the story, prosecutors said it was only when the woman who received the liposuction experienced an infection in her abdomen that she saw a real doctor and learned that she had been swindled.

The Chronicle reports that Guzmangarza’s bail is set at $750,000, and he faces up to 12 years in state prison if convicted of the charges against him.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Liposuction Can Lower 'Bad' Fats, Trim Heart Risk, Study Says

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DENVER) -- Liposuction helped more than 200,000 Americans get rid of excess fat in 2010 alone.  The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reported that it's the fourth-most popular cosmetic procedure.  But new research suggests that the benefits of liposuction may go beyond the waistline.

A new study reports that patients who get liposuction not only shed pounds, but also may be lowering their risk of heart disease.

Researchers studied levels of cholesterol and "bad" fats called triglycerides in the blood of more than 300 patients who were undergoing liposuction.  Patients who had elevated triglyceride levels before the procedure showed an average 43 percent reduction in their triglyceride levels after they had liposuction.

The patients showed no changes in their cholesterol levels, but researchers did find a post-liposuction reduction in counts of white blood cells, which are associated with heart attacks, obesity, strokes and high blood pressure.

The study was presented at ASPS's annual conference in Denver on Sunday.

"This is the first study we've ever had that has shown there are more beneficial effects to liposuction than just to someone's self-image," said Dr. Anthony Youn, a plastic surgeon in Detroit.  "And who wouldn't mind looking better and being healthier at the same time?"

But doctors don't think you should call a plastic surgeon just yet.  The study was a small one, and doctors need more evidence that liposuction is effective in lowering the risk of heart disease before they recommend it to patients.

"What is shown is a lowering of triglycerides, and I think we have to stick with that," said Dr. Christopher Cannon, a cardiologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. "The link to a lower risk of heart disease is a longer stretch."

Dr. Cannon added that lower triglyceride levels may not necessarily make a person heart-healthy.

"While we think it is bad to have high triglycerides, the issue of whether lowering triglycerides actually lowers the risk of heart disease has not been shown," Dr. Cannon said, noting that some drugs that aimed to reduce heart disease risk by lowering triglycerides were not successful in clinical trials.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Florida Woman's Death Highlights Dangers of Plastic Surgery

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(HALLANDALE, Fla.) -- The promise of instant beauty, for relatively little money and pain, has been the appeal of plastic surgery for decades.  Largely ignored, however, are the dangers of going under the knife for cosmetic procedures that are widely considered routine.

As the trend to get nipped and tucked grows more popular, a recent lipo-sculpting-related death has drawn attention to the number of plastic surgery-related fatalities and emergencies.

Maria Shortall, a housekeeper from Weston, Florida, died after undergoing a standard lipo-sculpting procedure in mid-June at the Alyne Medical Rejuvenation Institute in Florida.  Shortall worked seven days a week to pay for the $3,600 procedure, which was intended to take a few hours.

"Approximately 22 incisions [were made], which is a significant amount, in terms of a relatively, an otherwise relatively minor cosmetic procedure," the family attorney, Michael Freedland, said.  "What we do know is that a 38-year-old, otherwise healthy woman, shouldn't go in for a minor cosmetic procedure, and die."

At some point during Shortall's procedure, things started to go wrong.  The facility decided that she needed to be transported to Cleveland Clinic, where she was eventually pronounced dead.

Now, there's a pending homicide investigation surrounding the incident, with an attorney for the Alyne Institute only saying that the center is now investigating an incident.

Although records show only one in 50,000 people died as a result of plastic surgery procedures between 2001 and 2006, there have been some high-profile deaths and frightening emergencies and results after plastic surgery complications.

Rapper Kanye West's mother, Donde, died in 2007 as a result of complications from an abdominoplasty and breast augmentation.  Comedian Kathy Griffin was rushed to the emergency room in Los Angeles during a liposuction procedure in 1999.  Another patient, Marilyn Leisz, was unable to shut her eyes after blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery.  A jury awarded her $115,000.

The most common surgeries these days are breast augmentation, with 296,000 performed annually in the United States, nose reshaping with 252,000, eyelid surgery with 209,000, liposuction with 203,000, and tummy tucks with 116,000 performed, according to a 2004 study in the Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Liposuction and tummy tuck procedures can be quite dangerous.  When factored into the equation, the patient's chances of dying soar by a factor of 16.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Plastic Surgery: Are Toes The New Nose?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- For a growing number of women who want to strut their stuff in high heels, the latest footwear fashion accessories are surgical saws, titanium rods and liposuction needles.

Toe shortening and fat injections into the foot pad are among the popular procedures in a new plastic surgery craze focused on feet. Paying up to $3,000 per procedure, more and more women are surgically transforming themselves into Cinderella from the ankle down. Helping women squeeze into high heels -- and curing the damage they cause -- is a $45 million-a-year business.

"All the girls are wearing cute high heels, open toes and they look pretty, and me -- I have to wear always closed shoes because I feel like they're staring at my long toe," Audy, who asked to be identified by first name only, told ABC News. She was awaiting cosmetic surgery to make her second toe shorter than her big toe.

Podiatrist Ali Sadrieh in Beverly Hills, Calif., performs the toe shortening procedure, which involves actually dislocating the toe and sawing out a two-millimeter chunk of bone. He then inserts a titanium rod to bring the shortened bone back together.

Another procedure gaining traction in the world of foot facelifts plumps up the bottom of the foot to make high heel wearing more comfortable, like permanently installing a Dr. Scholl's pad. It involves liposuctioning fat from a patient's belly and injecting it into the balls of the feet.

And then there is the ever popular pinky toe tuck, in which fat is taken out of the little toe to make it narrower.

While cosmetic surgery on the feet is trending high with women as a permanent solution for their footwear crises, it is largely frowned upon by The American Podiatric Medical Association and officially opposed by the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society because of risks and complications of the operation. Potential problems include permanent nerve damage, infection, scarring, a recurrence of the deformity that was supposedly fixed and chronic pain when wearing not just high heels, but all shoes, according to the AOFAS. 

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