A Florida woman who had her first plastic surgery procedure at a Tampa plastic surgeon was shocked when she was told the surgery was done “vive plastic.”
The woman, who asked that her name not be used, had her second procedure done at Dr. Brian Pritchard’s Plastic Surgery Center in May 2016, according to court documents obtained by Recode.
The woman was able to get her eyebrows and jaw fixed after the surgery, but Pritkind refused to allow her to get facial implants or cosmetic surgery.
“He said it was a very expensive procedure,” the woman told Recode on Wednesday.
“I told him, ‘We are paying for your surgery and I’m going to pay for your other procedures, too.’
So I told him I was going to go back to the surgeon.”
The Florida woman sued Pritchett, saying the surgery cost more than $30.5,000, and that she should have been informed of the procedure.
Pritcheltt was not available for comment on Wednesday when asked about the lawsuit.
The woman has filed a class-action lawsuit against Pritchetts plastic surgeons, as well as the company he works for, and the Florida State Attorney General’s Office, alleging fraud and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
The Florida Woman filed the lawsuit in April, but the lawsuit has not yet been filed with the Florida Supreme Court.
“It is unfortunate that this case is pending in court, and I hope that the Florida Court of Appeals will hear this case,” said Lisa Gorman, a partner at Littler Mendelson who is representing the woman in the lawsuit and has also represented her in a separate class-law case against Prysons attorneys.
The lawsuit was filed by the Florida woman, a self-described “pro-life activist” who has not been identified in the complaint.
The lawsuit names Pritchells, the Florida Department of Health, the Office of Consumer Protection, the Attorney General, and Pritcherts insurance company, as defendants.
The suit states that Pritchards practices “viva voce” plastic surgery that requires that patients sign a waiver to have their cosmetic or cosmetic procedure performed at a different facility, as opposed to a medical facility.
The case has not gone anywhere in court yet, and it has not set a trial date.
Gorman said that the woman’s case was filed in July, which is the same time that the Department of State Health Department’s office of consumer protection began an investigation into the company and its practices.
The Florida State Attorneys General Office is also conducting an investigation.
“We’re going to do whatever we can to hold Pritchers accountable for the actions they took in this case and to protect the health and safety of Florida patients,” Gorman told Recke.
“We’re taking this matter very seriously.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.