A Westminster doctor without any formal training in plastic surgery has been barred from doing liposuction or mini tummy tucks after he improperly performed those procedures, according to the state Medical Board.
Dr. Son Ngoc Truong agreed to settle allegations of gross negligence and dishonesty by accepting five years of board probation and the restrictions on his practice.
His attorney, Henry Lewin, did not respond to requests for comment Monday.
According to the medical board legal documents, Truong falsely claimed on his website that he had performed thousands of surgeries, had a celebrity client roster and an international reputation.
The documents mention three cases where he improperly performed liposuction. In one case, he also did a mini tummy tuck, which was not needed, and left a large scar. Mini tummy tucks are intended to leave a smaller scar than a regular tummy tuck.
In a second patient, the documents say, Truong used a laser and left a “significant burn” on the abdominal wall. He did not mention the complication to the patient or provide treatment, leaving her to discover the injury and seek treatment elsewhere, the documents say.
In the third case, Truong removed more than five pounds of fat tissue from the abdomen of a 101-pound woman, the documents say. Her blood vessels were damaged and three weeks after surgery she developed blisters on her stomach that took nine months to heal.
The unidentified patient visited a board-certified plastic surgeon for possible revision but he said too much fat had been removed and that the damage could not be fixed. The plastic surgeon filed a complaint with the medical board.