Cost of van­ity can scar you

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - HEALTH - VIWE NDONGENI

PLAS­TIC surgery ad­vances ev­ery day and you can walk into the doc­tor’s rooms and have all their flaws elim­i­nated within hours.

But cos­metic surgery can go wrong, leav­ing one with dis­ap­point­ment and scars.

That’s ex­actly what hap­pened to Mary Stradom*, 23.

At the age of 22 she booked a ses­sion to make her lips fuller with a doc­tor she heard of from a friend.

“I al­ways knew that I wanted to en­hance my lips. I felt I was old enough to make that choice,” said Stradom.

But after her first surgery, she re­alised that surgery didn’t re­ally fix her flaws.

“I looked like I had a bird’s beak with a bub­ble on the tip,” she said.

To rec­tify the da­m­age she had to con­sult three more sur­geons. But even celebri­ties have not been spared from botched plas­tic surgery.

South African ac­tress Khanyi Mbau is one of the peo­ple af­fected, with the star tak­ing flak for “over bleach­ing” her skin.

Singer Mshoza also re­ceived a lot of neg­a­tive re­views after surgery when he at­tempted to look like in­ter­na­tional rap­per Nicki Mi­naj… but failed.

Dr An­jana Bhana, a Cape Town doc­tor with a keen in­ter­est in aes­thetic medicine, says aes­thetic sur­gi­cal en­hance­ments are on the rise world­wide, in­clud­ing South Africa, but the non-sur­gi­cal side of aes­thet­ics has had more ex­plo­sive growth than the sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dures.

Bhana said there was a health risk with a botched pro­ce­dure with con­di­tions such as vas­cu­lar necro­sis, blind­ness and fur­ther cor­rec­tive treat­ment likely to fol­low. “With plas­tic surgery, all the risks as­so­ci­ated with surgery, in­clud­ing in­fec­tion and risk of loss of life, are there.

“It is im­por­tant to note that these pro­ce­dures are still med­i­cal pro­ce­dures no mat­ter how glam­orous they seem to be, and one should have them done in a safe med­i­cal set­ting,” said Bhana.

Stradom’s botched surgery cost her emo­tion­ally and af­fected her self-es­teem.

Her ad­vice is to have some re­search done first be­fore hav­ing the pro­ce­dure done.

Stradom* is not her real name

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