The plastic surgery industry is reeling after a federal judge ruled against a local company that had to spend more than $600,000 to replace a man’s face after a botched plastic surgery.
The man, who did not want to be identified, said the procedure he underwent was “extremely painful” and he had to undergo another procedure in the hospital.
His face is not visible to the public now because of the cost of the operation.
He was charged with misdemeanor battery after a neighbor complained.
In the meantime, a woman from Jacksonville, Florida, said she was forced to pay $8,000 for a facelift that took away the part of her face that used to be her smile.
She was told the procedure was not covered by insurance.
The woman is suing PlasticTaps, Inc. and the local plastic surgeon.
A local plastic surgery clinic sued the local hospital for more than a year and eventually settled for $20,000.
A federal judge in Miami, Florida has ruled in favor of PlasticTabs.
The company said it would appeal.
The judge, Laura L. LeBlanc, said in her ruling that the surgery did not violate the American Medical Association’s Cosmetic Procedures Guidelines for Facial Plastic Surgery, but said that was not enough to allow the company to pay for the procedure.
The case was first reported by the Miami Herald.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.