SA doc slammed for boob jobs

2012-04-10 09:38

Cape Town - Three British women are seeking compensation from a South African plastic surgeon after their breast implants went horribly wrong.

The surgeon, Dr Winston Shaer, performed breast implants on the women while he was in the UK, using the controversial PIP implants that have been found to contain industrial silicone and have caused ruptured implants, pain and discomfort in many women, the Sunday Times reported.

Two of the three women had to have surgery after their implants ruptured and are seeking compensation for their pain and suffering.

An estimated 47 000 women have had PIP implants and in South Africa, 15 local plastic surgeons have used them.

Dr Shaer has since moved to Cape Town, and says that while he is distressed about their plight, he will not pay compensation.

"The surgical procedures were performed by a large number of surgeons, me included, who had no reason to believe that these implants were anything other than ethically manufactured, well researched and adequately licensed products. The implants looked and felt perfect. The clinical results in my hands were
excellent," he told the Sunday Times.

The company making the PIP implants has since gone bust and its owner is facing legal action.  

A local medical expert said Dr Shaer could not be held liable for using PIP implants.

Patients in the UK have joined a class action suit against surgeons and clinics in the UK.

  • Marion - 2012-04-10 09:48

    If you had been grateful for what nature gave you then your 'breasts' would not have leaked all over the place. Women with breast implants lend new meaning to 'Twin Peaks' when lying down.

      Stormkaap - 2012-04-10 10:25

      I wonder who are the people who gave the thumbs who are unhappy with the partners boobs.. who women who are unhappy with their own boobies.. I just hate plastic

      natasha.groenewald1 - 2012-04-10 10:47

      A couple of woman I know have implants and not because they were unhappy with their "gifts from nature" but because of the masectomies they had to undergo after cancer. Your ignorance renders your uneducated comment completely invalid

      Megan - 2012-04-10 11:03

      Maybe they were people who had to have double mastectomies due to cancer, and were only looking for a little reconstructive surgery to help them feel normal again... Just saying.

      Marion - 2012-04-10 11:36

      I apologise. Excluding the people who had mastectomies. They have little choice. I never clarified it, but I was talking about breast enlargements purely for cosmetic purposes.

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-04-10 12:20

      Marion please use your brains before passing judgement

      Megan - 2012-04-10 12:39

      Marion, I kind of figured that you were talking exclusively about purely cosmetic procedures to "correct" something that is already ok. I also agree with you to a certain extent. However, in a world dominated by beauty magazines, lollipop models, where every second article you read is all about losing weight, having tight abs, boobs and everything else and ensuring, through looks alone, that you "keep your man satisfied" I also understand just how easy society makes it for woman to feel insecure in their own bodies, therefore leading to drastic and sometimes dangerous cosmetic surgery. Plastic surgery to enhance one's features, I think, has little to do with the individual and absolutely everything to do with societies obsessive belief that any woman who doesn't have the figure of Tara Banks is not worthy. I used to, periodically, buy the Cosmo... apparently a woman's mag... that stopped COMPLETELY after I read an article (written by a stupid woman) stating that is was completely unacceptable for a woman (after a long working week) to lounge around on a sunday afternoon in a pair of tracksuit pants in front of her partner because apparently "he doesn't deserve to look at something that unattractive"... Until we weed out the absolute poison that has nothing to do with health and everything to do with looks, people will constantly seek out the advice and services of plastic surgeons.

      natasha.groenewald1 - 2012-04-10 12:39

      Oh you are talking about woman who purely want larger breasts? What then about a woman with extremely small breats whom has had to deal with a low self esteem or taunting all her life? Woman who have lost a large amount of weight and want reconstruction? Not all woman with breast implants are the Pamela Andersons of the world. Your critical judgement lacks thought.

  • GrootWitHaai - 2012-04-10 09:56

    Brits are well known for seeking compensation at the drop of a hat when they smell money.

      Simon - 2012-04-10 11:30

      I think you are thinking of Americans. The brits just whinge mostly.

  • paulmandlankosi - 2012-04-10 09:59

    Moved to Cape Town, Hellen be careful

      Stormkaap - 2012-04-10 10:26

      Helen had botox done, not a boob job.

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-04-10 11:03

      I am not referring to Helen Zille, you want the botox lady to sue me?

  • veritas.odium.paret - 2012-04-10 11:12

    Can women still nurse babies after such procedures?

      Megan - 2012-04-10 11:29


      werner.smidt - 2012-04-10 12:12

      Depends on the procedure, I guess.

      natasha.groenewald1 - 2012-04-10 12:45

      Yes you can, depending on how the implants were done, and it would be extremely unethical to cut off a womans milk ducts during breast augmentation if she has not had children.

      Megan - 2012-04-10 12:51

      @shethinker I had the opposite done and was informed on the first consultation, within 5 minutes that I will never be able to breastfeed. I assumed, with the amount of damage done to the tissue that the same would apply for implants. Also, it would be unethical of a dr not to mention that breastfeeding might be a problem, certainly NOT unethical to do it with the informed consent of the woman having the procedure done.

      natasha.groenewald1 - 2012-04-10 12:58

      @Megan Breast implants can also be done by cutting under the armpit and the implant is placed behind the peck muscle. No breast tissue is damaged or cut in any way. Cutting under the breast or around the nipple, which is far easier and less painfull can damage breast tissue and a cut around the nipple cuts off all milk ducts and.

      Megan - 2012-04-10 14:18

      @shethinker Thank you. I did make an assumption and now I know. :)

  • Jhandre - 2012-04-10 13:04

    I worked in medical device before, if the product had a CE mark, there had been no communication from the health authority regarding the leakage issue and the doctor performed the procedure correctly then the doctor is not liable and the patients should only have a claim from the manufacturing company. That is also assuming that the doctor had no vested interest in using the specific device i.e. he got money for every pair he put in. That would cloud the issue for him.

  • Howard - 2012-04-10 17:03

    I've seen the stories on these Pip implant things. I just hope all those harmed receive proper retribution.

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