“She has a long road, thousands and thousands of dollars to correct what was probably 0 to 0,” says Dr. Martin of Rajee. He shows a small jar of clear substance. “This is a medical-grade silicone. Just this bottle is about 0 to 0. And that’s why a lot of people do it; they hear, get your face pumped up for 0. Well, if you can get that done for 0, you have to be very worried.”
Dr. John Martin, Jr. and Dr. Anthony Griffin join Dr. Phil. Both physicians have experience with repairing botched cosmetic surgeries.
Dr. Phil asks about the trend of Botox parties and medical spas, where people can go to be injected or get various treatments that aren’t in a surgical setting. “Is that legal, and is that safe?” he asks.
“Well, it’s legal,” says Dr. Griffin. “Botox parties are not recommended. For example, anything outside a licensed medical facility is not recommended because you can have a reaction immediately or sometime after. And I always tell patients that any time they’re breaking the skin, that’s a medical treatment, that’s a medical procedure. It isn’t a beauty treatment. It isn’t like getting your hair done. So, you have to be careful. You have to think of these beauty treatments as a medical procedure, and they have risks: bleeding, infection, reaction, death from anesthesia.”
How about these doctors who come into Florida from Brazil and other places? They’re not licensed in the United States, right?” Dr. Phil asks.
“I don’t even know if they’re licensed in their own country,” Dr. Martin says. “We have no idea. They come, they rent a hotel room, they bring product with them, and then they start injecting people at discount prices, and then they leave, so you have no recourse.” He explains that these doctors often just disappear, even though you might still need aftercare.
Spencer Aronfeld, Shaquanda’s attorney, also represented victims of Reinaldo Sylvestre, “The Butcher of South Beach.”
Spencer says that after five years, they finally tracked down Sylvestre in Belize, where he was teaching plastic surgery at a university and performing procedures on his students.
Dr. Martin and Dr. Griffin advise anyone considering plastic surgery to do their homework.