FRAMINGHAM — With her family and their attorney declining to speak publicly pending a planned malpractice lawsuit, it’s unclear why Adriana Paula Da Silva Toledo chose Dr. Sanjeev Sharma to enlarge her breasts with implants. Perhaps the Framingham housekeeper was attracted to the prices offered at Sharma’s Destination Beauty MedSpa on Rte. 9: $3,900 for saline implants and $4,900 for silicone, all-inclusive. A nearby plastic surgeon would have charged $4,400 or $5,600, respectively, plus another $1,800 for anesthesia and the use of a hospital operating room.
Sharma had a clean record, a state medical license and a citation from the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce, but maybe Toledo didn’t realize his only board certification was in family medicine and that he had gotten his start in plastic surgery with a two-day course in California. Perhaps she didn’t care.
She didn’t live long enough to care. The allure of cash business is an understandable attraction for the non-plastic surgeon to venture into cosmetic surgery. The laws as we have said before generally feature loopholes that allow this as well.
In this marketplace it is the potential patient who must educate herself in order to avoid the risk that this patient realized: death.
To many in medicine it seems common sense that surgery should be performed by surgeons. This doctor was a family practice doctor with a whole 2 days education in plastic surgery so this story reads.
When the price seems too good to be true, you must check the surgeon even more carefully. That which you do not know can hurt you especially in cosmetic surgery.
John Di Saia MD