May 14, 2010— -- The FBI is hoping a leaky breast implant may lead them to one of their most wanted fugitives.
The Feds took out a full page ad in the April-May issue of Plastic Surgery News asking for help locating the infamous alleged Boston mob boss Whitey Bulger, now 80, and his wife, Catherine Elizabeth Greig, 59.
Bulger, indicted on a battery of charges that includes 19 murders, has been on the run for 15 years.
"The FBI came to us and said what's the best way to identify all your plastic surgeons and get the word out, and when you open the first page it jumps right off the page, right at you," Dr. Phil Haeck, president elect of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and past Editor-in-Chief of Plastic Surgery News told ABC News today.
"It's something I read every month and it's the key periodical to read in the field," Dr. Sheldon Sevinor, a plastic surgeon in Boston and Miami, told ABC News.
"I opened up the April-May issue and right on the first page it said 'Have You Treated This Woman?' I've never seen anything like that in 33-years in practice," Sevinor said.
The ad features four pictures of Greig from the 1980's and 1990's that appear to have been taken by plastic surgeons, Haek said. Also in the ad are pictures and information on Bulger from the FBI's vast file on the alleged mobster who is widely believed to be the inspiration for Jack Nicholson's character in the movie "The Departed."
"They are pretty classic plastic surgeon before-and-after pictures taken by a professional plastic surgeon," Haeck said.
The ad goes into detail of past surgeries Greig has allegedly had including the identification numbers for the breast implants she received.
Haeck said more helpful are the pictures of Greig as well as the fact that her model of breast implants are notorious for breaking down and leaking.
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"Clearly she has very old implants, first generation implants, and they historically have not held up over time," Haeck said.
"Because of the material in older implants, if the outer shell broke it could leak into the breast tissue and cause pain and scar tissue and there's a very high chance that implant has already been replaced. That was, I think, why they wanted plastic surgeons to know about this," he said.
Plastic Surgery News has a worldwide readership of roughly 6,500 people and Haek said there is a very high readership percentage with those subscriptions.
"It's really a great way to try and find someone who has operated on her," Haeck said.
But Sevinor said if Greig came to him now, he would be torn about whether or not he should break the patient-client privilege and report her to the FBI.
"As a plastic surgeon I have to respect the patient-doctor confidentiality agreement. It's sacred, but also as someone who respects and understands that the FBI is in search of a fugitive I understand they would want to get this information from us," Sevinor said.
"I'm kind of torn," he said.
"Plastic surgeons are historically well known for being discrete," Haeck said. "It's a way of life and there is also the issue of privacy laws. But in this case, because it's a person wanted by FBI, I don't think the usual ethics rules would stand in the way."
The ad is the latest effort by the FBI to find the couple, who have been on the lam since January 1995.