Toronto-based plastic surgeon Dr Mahmood Kara has been accused of malpractice and fleeing with patients’ money.

Also known as Mahmud Kara, he owns Dr Kara Plastic Surgery and previously operated four private clinics and two satellite locations across the Greater Toronto Area.

Dr Kara first came to light in October 2021, when several patients said he took thousands of dollars of their money in deposits for procedures he didn’t end up doing.

A $6 million class-action lawsuit against Dr Kara was filed on behalf of patients who claimed they suffered disfigurement, scarring or injury after receiving surgery from him.

Lawyer Kris Bonn, who filed the claim on behalf of the patients, said:

“He really abused their trust and just fell off the face of the earth, as far as we can understand, and didn’t follow up with proper aftercare.”

The lawsuit alleged that breast implant manufacturers stopped supplying Dr Kara with products, so he used old ones he had in stock.

A statement read: “As a result, Dr Kara put implants in patients that were not the size that the patients had agreed to and what the patients had paid for.”

One of those was Amanda O’Brien, whose ordeal began in the summer of 2019.

She had gone to Dr Kara for a breast lift.