Woman's shock at breast op

Warn­ing over ‘short­cut’ plast surgery as mum loses sen­sat

The Scarborough News - - FRONT PAGE - by Poppy Kennedy poppy.kennedy@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter @Re­porterPoppy

A Scar­bor­ough woman is warn­ing oth­ers after a botched breast op and li­po­suc­tion left her scarred and dev­as­tated.

Tempted by cheap prices, 44-year-old San­dra Wil­son flew out to Mar­maris in Turkey for li­po­suc­tion and a breast re­duc­tion.

She first be­came aware of the plas­tic sur­geon while on hol­i­day in the re­sort last sum­mer. She was told about fat­fillers to make her face ap­pear younger and booked to have it done dur­ing the hol­i­day.

While un­der lo­cal anaes­thetic she was asked if she also TURN TO PAGE 4

wanted li­po­suc­tion on her arms which she says she didn’t agree to but paid for af­ter­wards.

“I didn’t think it was a big thing,” said San­dra. “I thought he was do­ing some­thing nice for me and try­ing to help. I was so neg­a­tive about my body that when some­one of­fered to do some­thing to make me like it I was ex­cited.”

She flew back out to Turkey in De­cem­ber for li­po­suc­tion which had ap­peared to go smoothly.

But now months later, San­dra is strug­gling as she loses sen­sa­tion in her legs and her left leg kicks out from be­neath her – caus­ing her to stum­ble and fall.

She now fears she could be suf­fer­ing from nerve dam­age and is sched­uled to have an MRI scan later in the month.

Tempted by cheaper prices, the li­po­suc­tion cost her around £1,200 and the breast re­duc­tion cost just £1,600 – while the pro­ce­dure in the UK can cost thou­sands more.

Suf­fer­ing from back pain and sci­at­ica, San­dra wanted a re­duc­tion to re­duce the weight of her breasts.

Be­fore the ef­fects of the li­po­suc­tion be­gan to show, San­dra re­turned to Mar­maris in Jan­uary for a breast re­duc­tion. After the surgery she re­turned to UK and she was plagued with in­fec­tion and the stitch­ing ap­peared to open.

“If I could go back I would have saved the money and had it done here,” says the mum-oftwo. I keep get­ting a shoot­ing pain be­cause the nerve can’t con­nect in my breasts.”

“When you can’t af­ford to pay £6,000 peo­ple gam­ble their lives. I gam­bled twice and it’s made things worse.

“He said it would take a few months to see the re­sults. Had I had the boob job first I would never have gone back but I hadn’t seen any of the af­fects from the li­po­suc­tion then. It’s wrecked my life.”

San­dra ad­mits she didn’t re­ceive a con­sul­ta­tion be­fore ei­ther pro­ce­dures and the af­ter­care fol­low­ing her breast op­er­a­tion was ‘ap­palling’. She claims she had to tell her sur­geon to give her a check up be­fore she flew back to the UK.

Fol­low­ing the pro­ce­dure, San­dra has been in touch with She has now lost all feel­ing and sen­sa­tion in parts of her breasts.

“I’ve been put on med­i­ca­tion, it’s af­fected my men­tal health and I keep get­ting shoot­ing pains,” said San­dra.

“I’ve lost the feel­ing in my breasts. I’ve asked doc­tors over here if they think it might come back but it would take years if it re­turned at all. a num­ber of other women who have suf­fered sim­i­lar hor­rific ex­pe­ri­ences with the same sur­geon. And she even flew back to Turkey to con­front the surgery.

San­dra says she now has to live with th­ese con­se­quences but wants to warn oth­ers against tak­ing the “short­cut” plas­tic surgery route.

“Any­one who is think­ing about go­ing abroad be­cause the prices are cheaper make sure you do it the right way. No mat­ter where you are go­ing, not just in Turkey, do your re­search. Make sure you find a ver­i­fied site and speak to peo­ple who have had surgery done there. Have a con­sul­ta­tion first, that’s some­thing I never had, and make sure they pro­vide good af­ter­care.

“Even if you find some­where in the UK en­sure that it’s safe and they know what they’re do­ing.

“What’s hap­pened has left me very de­pressed and I’m look­ing into coun­selling.

“It’s worse than it was be­fore, it’s not worth it at all. It’s hap­pen­ing to so many peo­ple in the UK and I don’t want any­one else to go through what I have been through.”

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