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Dr Daniel Aronov, who boasts 13 million followers on the platform, has been barred from performing any kind of surgical procedure in Australia by the governing organisation (the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) after complaints from several patients about his practices.
Aronov garnered his following with videos that showed him dancing, but also performing procedures on people.
However, one of his patients – a woman called Jackie – says she was left in pain and with a lump in her chin after she went to him for a facelift which he then shared on TikTok.
Speaking to A Current Affair, she said: "He's in the middle of surgery and he is stopping, checking the video, then saying no I don't want that, cut that out, do it again.
"The fact that AHPRA has been incentivised to actually do something after years of complaints, I don't know whether to laugh or cry. It's surreal to me."
Another woman claims that he shared footage of her surgery online without her permission, according to 9Now.
She also shared a text message from the doctor in which he allegedly offered to send a staple remover to her home for her to remove staples from her own cheek.
A male patient claims that he was left with a fatty lump on his stomach after a liposuction procedure that went awry.
He said: "If I knew then what I know now, then I wouldn't have let Dr Aronov come anywhere near me."
The AHPRA has now told Aronov that he must delete all surgery-related content from his TikTok and must not post about future procedures.
In the meantime, he has been told he can only treat patients as a general practitioner, and even then with strict supervision.
The AHPRA told LADbible: “Public safety is our number one priority and we take all notifications seriously.
“Confidentiality provisions in the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law prevent us from commenting on individual matters unless that information is publicly available, such as conditions on the public register of practitioners or an outcome of a tribunal hearing.
“Conditions on Dr Aronov’s registration were imposed by the Medical Board of Australia on 26 November 2021. They are not time limited and will remain until they are revoked by the Medical Board of Australia.
“Usually this would only happen if the Board believes the restrictions are no longer necessary on appeal by an independent tribunal.”
The spokesperson added: “Speaking generally, conditions can be imposed on a practitioner’s registration by a National Board when the National Board decides to register a practitioner or renew a practitioner’s registration as an interim step to restrict practice while an investigation is carried out.
“This is called taking immediate action, or as a final outcome at the conclusion of a notification process.
“Conditions that restrict a practitioner’s practise of the profession are published on the public register of practitioners.
“When a National Board decides the conditions are no longer needed to protect the public, they are removed from the practitioner’s registration and no longer published.
“Our enquiries in relation to this practitioner are ongoing so we cannot comment further at this time.”
Dr Aronov told A Current Affair via a lawyer: "It would be inappropriate for me to comment on any matters that are currently the subject of any AHPRA inquiry."
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