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Cosmetic Surgery Murders

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You man not think an unusual, sensational case like this has much to teach women who are proactive in managing their health. Let’s hope you’re right—that EmpowHer members would never choose a doctor like Normann.

But there is one aspect of this case that could come into play for budget-minded people planning a cosmetic procedure. That’s the old notion that “you get what you pay for,” or in this case, maybe, “you don’t get what you don’t pay for.”

In his bid to reel in patients, Dr. Normann cut just about every corner imaginable, including:

• Skipping plastic surgery training and board certification;
actually, Dr. Normann is not a surgeon of any kind, he’s an internist
• Working with untrained medical assistants, including a massage therapist
• Foregoing an anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist
• Operating in an unlicensed surgical room
• Having inadequate emergency equipment on hand (Roth 1)

If you’re thinking about a cosmetic procedure, shop around. Find out the average going rate in your area. If you find a provider whose prices are well below that average, thoroughly investigate all the aspects of the practice you can think of. If your doctor has found ways to economize, make sure it’s not at the expense of your safety.


Hampton, Adele. Self-Proclaimed “Plastic Surgeon” Peter Normann Convicted of Murder, Manslaughter. Phoenix New Times Blogs. July 15, 2011. Web. July 16, 2011.

Law Med Consulting. Self-Proclaimed Cosmetic Surgeon On Trial For 3 Patient Homicides. June 24, 2011. Web. July 16, 2011.

Roth, Jeffrey J. Murder Trial Begins for Unlicensed Arizona Plastic Surgeon. Las Vegas Plastic Surgery. June 20, 2011. Web. July 16, 2011. http://www.jjrothmd.com/blog/view/murder-trial-begins-for-unlicensed-arizona-plastic-surgeon

Edited by Shannon Koehle

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