Celebs and their plastic surgery

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Did Kanye West Forbid Kim Kardashian From Having Plastic Surgery?

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

Sources are reporting that Kanye West has forbidden Kim Kardashian from having any (more?) plastic surgery.  From Radar Online:

“Kim was certain that she wanted to have surgery after giving birth because she wanted a head start on losing her baby weight,” the source explains. But when West got wind of her plans, says the source, “He really flipped out.”

“He’s fine with her getting Botox and fillers, but anything that requires getting knocked out, like lipo, is a huge no no in his book,” the source says. “They’ll find a compromise. Kanye tries to let Kim do as she pleases, but this issue is really important to him, and she understands.”

Several years ago Kanye West’s mom died shortly after undergoing extensive plastic surgery.  After suffering this tragedy, it’s not surprising that Kanye would have issues with Kim having elective cosmetic surgery.  There is a BIG difference between Kim and Kanye’s mom, however.  Kim is much younger, healthier, and therefore a better candidate for getting work done.

 

Reports About Kim Kardashian Having Plastic Surgery Post-Baby?

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

I wouldn’t put too much credence to these reports, but there are several websites that claim Kim Kardashian is planning or has recently undergone plastic surgery to change her post-baby body.  I typically recommend that all new moms wait at least 6 months after giving birth prior to undergoing plastic surgery like a tummy tuck or a breast lift.  With Kanye West’s mom dying after undergoing extensive plastic surgery several years ago, I would assume that Kanye would have some reservations about Kim going under the knife.  Time will tell, I guess!

Here is one article about Kim and plastic surgery: Celebrity Dirty Laundry

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Schwarzenegger Signs Donda West Plastic Surgery Law

Friday, October 16th, 2009

California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the Donda West plastic surgery law this week. This law requires anyone getting plastic surgery to have medical clearance prior to undergoing the procedure. The law is named after Kanye West’s mom, who died after having plastic surgery by a non-board certified plastic surgeon. Some believe that she should never have undergone the surgery in the first place due to pre-existing heart problems.

“Sometimes patients may think they are well enough for cosmetic surgery, but in reality are not,” said Assemblywoman Wilmer Amina Carter, one of the leading sponsors of the bill. “This bill will potentially save lives.”

Patient safety should be the most important thing in the minds of all plastic surgeons. That’s why the American Society of Plastic Surgeons enacted numerous requirements and initiatives revolving around their “Culture of Safety.” All patients should remember to only choose a board-certified member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and have your surgery performed in an accredited center.

For more posts on Donda West, click here.
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Michigan-based Plastic Surgeon
Anthony Youn, M.D.

 

Update on Donda West’s Surgeon

Friday, April 10th, 2009


It appears that there is one (possible) final postscript to the tragic death of Kanye West’s mom, Donda West after having plastic surgery. Her surgeon, Dr. Jan Adams, has just surrendered his medical license for the State of California. He has recently been given a one year jail term for drunk driving.

Sad story all around. Many physicians carry medical licenses in more than one state, so it’s possible that he can still practice as a plastic surgeon in another state, like Florida, even though he surrendered his California medical license. Since I have practiced in both California and Michigan, I carry medical licenses in both states.

Unfortunately, I can think of a couple cosmetic surgeons in my area who should maybe have their license revoked too!

Happy Good Friday!

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Michigan-based Plastic Surgeon
Anthony Youn, M.D.

 

Kanye West’s Mother’s Plastic Surgeon Jailed

Friday, January 9th, 2009

There are reports that Dr. Jan Adams, the plastic surgeon to Kanye West‘s late mother, has been jailed for one year for drunk driving. You may remember that he was under intense scrutiny after his patient, Donda West, died shortly after undergoing plastic surgery. The autopsy cited heart disease as a possible direct cause of her death.

Hopefully going into the clink for a year will give him time to get his life back together and get off the booze. This is just a sad story all around.

For my previous posts on the death of Donda West, click here.

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The “Donda West Law”

Monday, February 25th, 2008

California assemblywoman Wilmer Amina Carter (D-Rialto) has announced legislation to require preoperative clearance for all patients undergoing cosmetic surgery. This proposal, dubbed the “Donda West Law,” is meant to save patients from future harm done by cosmetic surgery, and has been given the blessing by Donda West’s son, rapper Kanye West (according to the Daily Bulletin).

This is a very interesting bill, considering less than a year ago the California legislature passed a law permitting oral surgeons (DDS dentists) to perform all forms of facial plastic surgery. Instead of forcing surgeons to make their patients undergo preoperative testing (some young, healthy patients may not need it), maybe they should instead make sure that anyone performing plastic surgery is a real, board-certified plastic surgeon? Unfortunately, the lobbyists won’t allow that. Oh, how frustrating…

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Michigan-based Plastic Surgeon

Anthony Youn, M.D.

 

LA Times Article on Donda West

Saturday, January 12th, 2008

Yesterday the L.A. Times ran a comprehensive article featuring more information on the tragic death of Donda West after plastic surgery. They cite evidence that she had possible severe atherosclerotic heart disease, hypertension, borderline diabetes, and evidence of pneumonia due to aspiration. These are some very worrysome factors when one considers she underwent 5 1/2 hours of body surgery, which is more traumatic than facial surgery such as a facelift or blepharoplasty. To her surgeon’s defense, however, patients sometimes don’t inform their plastic surgeon about all their medical history, so as not to be turned down for the procedure. What Donda West told her surgeon and anesthesiologist, however, is not publicly known. The story continues to unfold…

Link to article: here

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Michigan-based Plastic Surgeon

Anthony Youn, M.D.

 

Update on the Death of Donda West

Friday, January 11th, 2008

The final coroner’s report on Kanye West’s mom, Donda West, was released Thursday. Although the results are inconclusive, there was no sign that surgery error caused her death. According to CNN.com:

The exact cause of death couldn’t be determined but there was no sign of “surgical or anesthetic misadventure” in the death of Donda West, Kanye West’s mother, a coroner’s report said Thursday…

The report noted that coronary artery disease, the liposuction and mammoplasty, and multiple postoperative factors could have played a role, but said the exact contribution of each factor couldn’t be determined…


The investigation found “therapeutic levels of medication” but no unusually high levels….


“The final matter of death could not be determined,” the coroner’s office said in a statement.

Asked if West would still be alive if she hadn’t undergone the surgery, Winter said: “She could, possibly. But she could have also died because of pre-existing cardiac issues.”

If one good thing can come out of this tragedy, hopefully it is that prospective patients will ensure their plastic surgeons are board-certified and take all the safety precautions necessary to prevent something like this happening. It has reinforced the rule in my practice that all patients over 40 must get preoperative clearance from their internist of family doctor.

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Michigan-based Plastic Surgeon

Anthony Youn, M.D.

 

Breaches of Patient Confidentiality in Donda West Case?

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

With all the hubbub about Dr. Donda West’s plastic surgeon and his background, one important aspect of this whole tragic turn of events has failed to catch the attention of the media: Patient Confidentiality. I’ve always been taught that government-mandated patient privacy laws prohibit a doctor from giving out a patient’s private health information to others without the consent of the patient. Only under certain circumstances are we, as physicians, allowed to release this health information to another person (usually only in emergency situations). So then… Was it lawful for the two plastic surgeons involved with this situation (Dr. Jan Adams and Dr. Andre Aboolian) to discuss Donda West’s plastic surgery with the press??? Did Dr. Aboolian break the law by announcing through his publicist that he saw Donda West in consultation for plastic surgery? (click here for link)

As a physician and plastic surgeon, patient confidentiality is of extreme and upmost importance to me and my patients. The fact that these physicians are discussing the tragic details of Dr. Donda West’s plastic surgery to the lay media strikes me as self-serving on both counts. With all the horrible accusations being hurled at Dr. Adams, one can see why he would talk with the media as a way to explain and protect himself (who would blame him?). As for Dr. Aboolian, what purpose does it serve (other than self-promotion and publicity) that he release Donda West’s personal health information to the public the day after she tragically dies?

These are just some thoughts from an admitted ‘non-expert’ in patient privacy laws. Any comments would be appreciated.

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Michigan-based Plastic Surgeon

Anthony Youn, M.D.

 

More on Donda West’s Plastic Surgery-Related Death

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

More information is coming out regarding the tragic death of Kanye West’s mom after plastic surgery. According to CNN.com, Donda West underwent a breast reduction and tummy tuck on Friday, Nov 9th at the surgery center of Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Jan Adams. The procedure took approximately 8 hours, after which she was sent home to recuperate. On Saturday she was found unresponsive and in respiratory distress. She was later pronounced dead at 8:28 pm at Centinela Freeman Regional Medical Center. An autopsy performed today was inconclusive, pending toxicology tests.

So…what happened??

Obviously I wasn’t there and cannot comment exactly on the specifics of this sad case, but there are some points to consider:

1. The plastic surgeon who performed the procedure, to my knowledge, is a bona-fide plastic surgeon who underwent all of the necessary training to perform these surgeries competently. Although the internet is buzzing with reports about his past, his training at the University of Michigan and UCLA earned him board-eligibility to be a plastic surgeon (although he was not board-certified). He is not some kook ER physician posing as a plastic surgeon.
2. An 8 hour “body” procedure is a long surgery to perform on someone who is 58, but is very often performed successfully. I know of no absolute guidelines limiting the length of a surgery, as this is usually a joint decision between the plastic surgeon and the anesthesiologist. In general, a healthy 58 year old should tolerate surgery well. I try to limit my surgeries to 6 hours or less, but this is just my comfort level and cannot necessarily be transferred to another surgeon.
3. Preoperative clearance is important for patients who show signs of heart disease or other illnesses. While this cannot ensure that there will be no complications, it can help prevent unforeseen risks. I routinely require preoperative clearance by a primary care physician prior to most plastic surgery procedures. There is no evidence in this case that preoperative clearance was not obtained by Dr. Adams (although he hasn’t commented on this).
4. Plastic surgery is serious business. Death is a possibility with every medical procedure, from colonoscopy to plastic surgery, whether preoperative clearance is obtained or not. This is one of those things that I always pray never happens to a patient of mine, and is always a concern every time a patient undergoes anesthesia. A report in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal noted only 1 death in 51,459 plastic surgery procedures. That number is still too high for me not to get gray hairs on my head.
5. What caused her death? I can’t tell you for sure, but some possibilities exist. A pulmonary embolism (blood clot to the lungs) is possible, but would usually be a bit more delayed. Excessive bleeding is a possibility, and may have contributed to heart strain resulting in a heart attack. This may also be a result of massive fluid shifts after a lot of plastic surgery. This is something that could occur in this time frame.

I think the lessons for patients to take from this are:
1. Make sure to question your plastic surgeon as to whether the length of your surgery should have you consider splitting it up into two separate operations. I quite often do this with patients who want a breast lift with implants and tummy tuck.
2. Get preoperative clearance by your primary care physician, especially if you are older than 40 and have medical problems.
3. Make sure your surgery is performed in an accredited surgery center with a board-certified plastic surgeon.
4. If you have general anesthesia and go home afterwards, make sure someone is with you at all times during your immediate recovery (first 16-36 hours) so they can call for help if needed.

For more information on choosing a plastic surgeon, click here and here.

For information on safety in plastic surgery, click here for the ASPS FAQ’s.

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Kanye West’s mother dies from plastic surgery-related complications

Monday, November 12th, 2007

A very sad story is being reported by several news sources. Apparently Kanye West’s mother has died recently likely from complications of plastic surgery. One source is reporting that she underwent a breast reduction and liposuction and stopped breathing while at home recuperating. She was rushed to Centinela Freeman Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

A Beverly Hills plastic surgeon has claimed to have seen Mrs. West in consultation and offered surgery after she passed a medical clearance, which was never returned to him. She may have had a thyroid condition or other problem which could affect her heart and predispose her to a heart attack. Reports are still sketchy, and an autopsy is expected to be conducted by Wednesday.

It’s always a sad thing to hear of someone dying after having elective surgery. My thoughts go out to Kanye West and the rest of her family.

For more information on the death of Donda West, click here and here and here.

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Anthony Youn, M.D.
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