Cosmetic Surgery in Liverpool

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Victims of cosmetic surgery cowboys

Jul 17 2011 by Matthew Barbour, The People

WOMEN attracted by bargain ­offers have rushed to sign up for ­cosmetic ­surgery that has led to a series of ­devastating results, the patients have claimed.

 Clinics are luring thousands of ­takers for nose jobs, breast implants and facelifts with ­discounts of at least HALF PRICE.

 Mum Rita Nugent, 29, was delighted to save a few ­thousand pounds on an op but she ended up ­DISFIGURED.

 She said: “These types of clinics attract people who haven’t got much money. People I know got bank loans to pay.

 “In my opinion they don’t care about their patients. They just want to get as much money as possible.

 “Women must remember they’re not buying a second-hand car. They’re having a major operation on their body.”

 A People investigation found one clinic where at least five women claim they were left with injuries after their ­procedures went ­wrong. Rita was one.

She told us: “I decided to fix a bump on the bridge of my nose and a lot of the clinics were quoting me up to €5,500.”

 When Rita, a full-time mum to Caleb, six, saw a clinic offering to do it for €2,200, it was too good to resist.

 But she said: “Alarm bells should have started ringing when the first consultation lasted little more than 10 minutes.

 Damaged

 “And within half an hour of leaving I had a call on my mobile from the clinic manager saying I would lose my slot if I didn’t pay by that afternoon.

 “I called back and paid up in full. Then five days later I had an appointment at the clinic to have the op.

“They gave me no time to reconsider. They just wanted to seal the deal.”

 Things started to go badly wrong ­almost immediately after surgery.

 Rita said: “I woke up afterwards and when I looked in a mirror I had ­congealed blood all over my face.

 “It was like ­something from a horror movie. I asked to speak to the surgeon to ask what happened but I was told by a nurse he wasn’t available.

 “Later that day I was discharged and given some paracetamol. For the next three days I kept calling the clinic but got no reply so I just decided to go there.

 “I had stitches all over the septum in the middle of my nose. I was in severe pain. I had a terrible taste in the back of my mouth and I was ­generally unwell.

 “The surgeon persuaded me I had to give it more time to heal.

 “But he still didn’t explain why the tip of my nose had been so damaged.”

 Over the next eight weeks Rita ­said she returned several times for stitches to be taken out but never saw her original ­surgeon, Dr Adeyinka Adeogba.

 The wounds took six months to heal, by which point part of Rita’s nose had caved in, as our picture shows.

 She believed her only option was to return every two to three weeks for a year to have fillers injected into her nose.

 Rita, from Liverpool, said: “My nose still looked like a mess. It was only after I was told I could get it fixed on the NHS if I had a referral from my GP that I finally had reconstructive surgery.”

 Some of the other pictures of women after operations at the clinic – the Birkdale, in Crosby, Liverpool, are too horrific to publish in a family newspaper.Another woman operated on by Dr Adeogba revealed her horrific injuries after she went for breast implants.

 The bank worker, 30, who is too ­embarrassed to give her identity, saw a Birkdale advert offering €550 off.

 After a consultation in August 2010 with Dr Adeogba she said she took out a loan of €5,500 to pay for implants.

 He told us: “Everything about him and his clinic seemed very clean and efficient.” But four days after her operation she said her left nipple started oozing fluid.

 A Birkdale duty nurse ­reassured her the problem would go away. But it didn’t. The left nipple started to turn black.

Finally she went to an NHS hospital where she said they told her there was permanent blood-supply damage.

 To save catastrophic harm the implants were taken out immediately – but she lost half of her left breast.

 Tearfully, she said: “My wedding is ­going ahead next month but I could never wear a bikini on honeymoon now.”

 Three years ago another patient, Michelle Hemmings, 36, had breast ­implants from a different surgeon at Birkdale. Michelle, an office ­manager from Liverpool, said: “I woke up and saw a ­dressing on my stomach. The surgeon said they had dropped cauterising ­instruments on to me by mistake.

 “I’m now left with burn scars on my ­stomach and I can’t wear a bikini.”

 Wields

 The Birkdale, which also has an address in London’s Harley Street, has been ­heavily advertising cut-price cosmetic surgery such as boob jobs for €2,200 in a link-up with Groupon.co.uk.

 The Independent Healthcare Advisory Service said: “Breast augmentation ­simply can’t be done safely at these prices.”

 The General Medical Council said they have had no complaints about Dr Adeogba. Birkdale director Dr Promod Bhatnagar said: “The clinic cannot be held responsible for surgical outcomes. It is the surgeon who wields the knife, not Birkdale staff.

 “The clinic makes sure surgeons are fully qualified. Surgeons you refer to in your article are on the specialist register of the GMC. It is the GMC that deals with any concerns about competence.

 “Even though the clinic is not ­responsible for surgeons’ acts, it does make sure surgeons with right skills and qualifications are allowed to practise there. There have been about eight cases which had ongoing concerns.

 “What a client pays for the surgery has nothing to do with the treatment they receive. You get the same quality.”

The South Revealed As Tummy Tuck Capital

Friday, October 29th, 2010

A cosmetic surgery poll revealed that the south of England has noted a huge increase in the amount of Abdominoplasty (Tummy tuck) procedures being carried out.

Exeter came first in the poll with tummy tuck procedures up a whopping 260 per cent since 2009 and Bristol came in second having seen a 75 per cent increase in people opting for this procedure. Surprisingly, image conscious London came only third with a 57 percent increase since 2009.

Mr Ali Juma of Feel Younger Cosmetic Surgery in Liverpool, Chester and Wirral offers the Abdominoplasty (Tummy tuck) procedure and has performed many of this type of operation during his position in the NHS as a Senior Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon.

Who is a candidate for Abdominoplasty (Tummy tuck) surgery?

According the to BAAPS (British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) anyone who has abdominal skin and fat may be a candidate. Pregnancy can often cause problems for women, which is greatly aggravated by weight loss. The abdominal wall muscles may be weakened by pregnancy and literally pulled apart in the middle (divarification of recti). Men are also affected by weight loss and stretch mark (striae) scars which are left after extreme stretching of the skin. They are usually most apparent on the lower part of the abdomen and there is no specific treatment for these stretch marks, but many of them are excised during an abdominal reduction and those which remain are tightened making them look less obvious

Mr Juma states “This procedure is the removal of excess skin and fat from the abdominal area. It is used to improve the appearance of the stomach including the unmbilicus, incorporating scars and contours and to tighten the muscles. A tummy tuck is not a substitute for exercise, but is beneficial after considerable weight loss and pregnancy, where the skin may appear loose and has developed stretch marks. Even after frequent exercise some women are unable to tighten the abdominal wall, therefore a flatter and smoother abdomen can be achieved with this procedure. The best results are obtained by already being the correct weight in proportion to height. During the operation, your abdominal wall may also be tightened to achieve a flatter stomach.”

The Tummy tuck operation requires a general anaesthetic which normally requires a 2 night stay in hospital and Mr Juma recommends approximately 2 weeks recovery time from work, with a pressure garment necessary for the first few weeks after surgery.  Light activities may be resumed at up to 20 days post operatively, with no sporting activities for 6 weeks post surgery. 

Please call 0151 707 9050 today to find out more about this procedure and consultation dates.