Popular Plastic Surgery Office Raided By Officials
Posted by LaDale Anderson on Nov 23, 2008 - 7:05:43 AM
BEVERLY HILLS—The Beverly Hills Liposculpture office, located on Rodeo Drive between Little Santa Monica and Brighton, was served with a warrant on Friday, November 14, 2008 by officials from the Medical Board of California. The plastic surgery office was founded by Dr. Alan Bittner, who specializes in liposculpture, which is described on the company’s website as a far more advanced form of liposuction: “Liposculpture is the sculpting of the body’s contours by the removal of unwanted fat through suction.”
Photo courtesy of Beverly Hills Liposculpture.
Dr. Bittner is a minimally invasive surgeon, known as an “interventionalist,” and is board-certified through the American Board of Medical Specialties via the American Board of Radiology. He graduated from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He finished his residency and fellowship at UCLA and Stanford University before receiving his board certification in 1998. Some of the top procedures conducted at the facility include arm, abdominal, chin and thigh liposculpture.
Dr. Bittner currently has three
lawsuits filed against him by three women who had plastic surgery work
done at his facility. They are being represented by attorney Andrew
Besser of Besser Law Corporation. Besser indicated that one additional
lawsuit has been filed by an attorney in San Diego and a number of
small claims have been filed by patients.
What officials from the board were looking for inside the building has yet to be disclosed to the public, but recent complaints from customers may have sparked the raid. Additionally, it is speculated that unlicensed individuals without medical degrees are being allowed to perform liposuction surgeries on patients inside the building. Lt. Tony Lee from the Beverly Hills Police Department stated to Canyon News that the incident is "currently under investigation and there is nothing further at this time."
Dr. Bittner is also facing some scrutiny for what he is doing with the remains of the fat from his liposuction surgeries. Last year, he began processing some of the fat he removed from his liposuction clinic into biodiesel fuel. He uses the fuel, which he calls lipodiesel, to drive his SUV back and forth to his office in Beverly Hills. He gets 10 miles for each gallon of fat converted into fuel.
The fat is disposed as medical waste, but at the patient’s request, some of the fat is converted into fuel. “My patients universally love the idea of converting their unwanted fat into fuel. Not only do they get to lose their love handles or chubby belly, but they get to take part in saving the Earth. Patients really like the idea that the fat can be used for something helpful and good. The vast majority of my patients request that I use the fat for fuel and I have more fat than [I] can use,” says Dr. Bittner. “In fact, some of my staff has begun to buy diesel vehicles so that they can use the fuel too.”
Besser confirmed to Canyon News that Dr. Bittner fled the country. It is not known exactly when he fled, and it has been alleged that he is collecting his assets in off-shore accounts. Besser also stated that “Dr. Bittner's home and vehicle were served with a search warrant on the same day that the Beverly Hills Liposculpture facility was served with a search warrant.”
He indicated that Dr. Bittner could face a number of charges, but that it will be about two weeks before the actual charges against the defendant are announced by the Medical Board of California. Besser also noted that the doctor will probably lose his medical license for allowing people to provide care and performing surgeries on patients without being licensed.
Even though Beverly Hills Liposculpture was raided, Besser confirmed that the office is still open for business. He has been working on the case for approximately one year to date.