TikTok’s cosmetic doc fights to get the scalpel back


To that end, he wanted to reduce the scope of his supervision as a general practitioner to remote supervision and be allowed to work as a surgical assistant to a surgeon specializing in hernia repair.

“He is a real asset to the community,” his lawyer told the court.

Indeed, in an affidavit, Aronov said over the past few months that he’s done “serious soul-searching” and “personal growth” and attended a workshop on different approaches to communication by doctors and nurses. patients and where they collide.

However, the regulator’s attorney, Ben Jellis, had none of that. “There are some jaw-dropping behaviors when it comes to this practitioner’s surgeries,” Jellis said.

The allegations included unsanitary practices, patients not consenting properly, poor infection control, people going in and out of operating rooms while people are under anesthesia and discouraging seriously ill patients from seeing other doctors. in the context of a potential acute event.

Filming people in surgery and throwing their body parts away in a way that makes them feel like animals and a piece of meat.

Lawyer Ben Jellis

Other allegations include signed prescription pads left around the clinic by Aronov and Lanzer and questionable Medicare claims. “Lanzer would offer patients free consultations to see him and then have front desk staff write fake letters of recommendation from Aronov to Lanzer and then submit health insurance claims without the patients’ knowledge” , it was alleged.

Then came the jaw-dropping claim: “Filming people in surgery and throwing their body parts away in a way that makes them feel like animals and a piece of meat.”

Jellis said there were 19 notifications under investigation, which he considered an unusually high number.

Other conditions imposed on Aronov six months ago relate to his social media, including the removal of published materials or information relating to cosmetic or surgical procedures on his social media accounts.

Until the terms were imposed on him, Aronov was the world’s most followed cosmetic surgeon on TikTok, with more than 13 million followers. He had over 500,000 Instagram followers which featured videos of surgery patients, hundreds of photos of nearly naked women and explicit lyrics.

He has since closed his Instagram account and set his TikTok account to private.

One of the allegations raised in court concerned his use of social media. In one instance, a patient arriving for surgery was reportedly asked by Aronov if he could film her for educational purposes. A professional film crew was already there, claims Jellis.

“When I arrived,” said the woman. “The filthy room, I had to undress in a corner with no privacy. I was so embarrassed that I wanted to leave. I’m lying on the bed, frozen, completely naked with no sheet to cover me, no nursing staff present, only Aronov constantly talking to the camera, ”she said.

At one point, he began singing the catchy children’s song “Baby Shark” as blood poured from the table. The patient says she returned to the Gold Coast the following day and suffered for almost three months. She said in her notification to AHPRA that her stomach and hips were still out of proportion and she was embarrassed to undress in front of her partner.

She said when she looked at her social media account two weeks later, Aronov was “gloating that this was his first solo surgery…” Look what happens when you leave me alone, I’m doing operation,'” he said on social media.

Jellis said: “On its own, that’s something that poses an unacceptable risk.”

The ball is now in the court’s court to decide what will happen next to Aronov.

Meanwhile, a series of investigations into the booming cosmetic surgery industry are underway. But until laws and regulations are changed and the misuse of social media advertising is not addressed, the industry will continue to operate like the Wild West.

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