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April 20, 1999 | From Wire and Staff Reports
Carmen Sandino thought that cosmetic surgery in a doctor's office would give her "Marilyn Monroe legs." What she got was gangrene, a hospital stay and the near loss of both limbs. "For three days they kept me next to the surgery room," she told a state Senate committee. Doctors were able to save her legs, Sandino said, but the calf implants left her with scars and loss of feeling in her legs. "The implants were too large and they damaged my nerves," she said.
October 30, 1993 | A Times Staff Writer
The Orange County Grand Jury on Friday indicted two plastic surgeons and a former local cosmetician on 27 felony counts of alleged fee splitting, filing false insurance claims and practicing medicine without a license. Plastic surgeons Alexander S. Sinclair of Pacific Palisades and David Paige of Beverly Hills, and cosmetician Cam Thach Thi Le of Los Angeles performed cosmetic surgeries that were fraudulently billed as medically necessary procedures, according to the indictments.
August 19, 2000
A Ventura County jury Friday awarded nearly $1 million to the family of a 25-year-old Simi Valley woman who died after cosmetic surgery two years ago. The jury ordered Westlake Village physician Theodore Ross Corwin and PSP Surgical Facility to pay $911,373 to the family for the wrongful death of Tania Pfefferman. She died two weeks after receiving a breast augmentation and liposuction surgery in February 1998.
May 6, 1990 | KAREN GRIGSBY BATES, Los Angeles writer Karen Grigsby Bates contributes frequently to this magazine
AS COSMETIC SURGERY continues to flourish in Southern California, doctors are beginning to realize that minorities, who traditionally have avoided such procedures, are now their largest untapped source of clients. The number of black patients, among others, is increasing. Recently, black women have been having their nostrils narrowed, encouraged perhaps by the admission of Janet, LaToya and Michael Jackson that their noses have been "touched up."
September 16, 2001 | James Ricci
During a high school varsity practice almost 40 years ago, my face had a full-frontal encounter with a basketball mistakenly thrown at me from a few feet away. Ever since, my nasal septum has been oriented to the right. This event didn't change the appearance of my rather ponderous nose, but it left me mostly unable to breathe through the obstructed side.
March 24, 1988 | BEVERLY BEYETTE, Times Staff Writer
The double doors with their panes of etched glass are discreetly, but securely, locked at all times. Guests arriving at this Beverly Hills hotel do not set foot on its marble threshold but are whisked by limousine through a subterranean garage to an entrance shielded from public view. An elevator then delivers them to within feet of the sanctity of their dimly lighted rooms. Le Petit Ermitage's cachet rests to no small extent on its reputation as a place where one is not seen.
The first wave of the massive baby boom generation has turned 50. And many boomers apparently don't like what they see in the mirror. Cosmetic surgeries that make people look younger or thinner are enjoying a surge in popularity, in part because of vanity but also because the procedures have become more affordable.
July 19, 1990 | DAWN STONE, Dawn Stone, a recent graduate of El Toro High School, is a regular contributor to High Life. and
Cathy hated sitting at the front of the classroom. She just knew that everyone was looking at her nose, staring at the bump on it and seeing how crooked it was. Smiling made it turn down at the end, and pictures of her never turned out quite right. Insecurity plagued her. Finally, this past Christmas, she decided to see a plastic surgeon. Cathy (not her real name) is not alone.
February 11, 1990 | PADDY CALISTRO
THEY WANT STRONG noses like Tom Cruise's and Tom Selleck's, or thin, angular ones like President Bush's and ABC-News anchorman Peter Jennings'. They want angular jaw lines with sharp definition, like Michael J. Fox's. And they want eyes free of bags and somewhat deep-set like Paul Newman's. Men are showing up at cosmetic surgeons' offices armed with definite ideas about how they want to look. But for most the goal, according to Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. John Grossman, is to look "rugged."
June 17, 1990
Almost no one enters military service for the pay or perks. Even many officer salaries are modest when compared to civilian pay. Housing and food allowances are low. Despite discounts at exchanges and other base facilities, military life is rarely described as plush. There is one fringe benefit that has attracted some notice recently: the free cosmetic surgery offered at four U.S. Navy hospitals to active-duty personnel, their dependents and retired members of the military.
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