A mother has said that the cut-price & # 39; mummy makeover & # 39; surgery in Turkey nearly killed her and left her with a gaping wound on her stomach.
Sheriah Harrison paid £ 5,000 for tummy tuck, liposuction, and breast reduction. The proceedings could cost in the region of £ 12,000 privately in the UK.
Days after flying home from Istanbul after the triple operation, the 40-year-old was taken to the hospital for an emergency operation.
Doctors revealed that Mrs. Harrison from Cardiff had the onset of sepsis, a life-threatening immune system response to an infection.
The official spent nearly a month in the hospital after her trial. She still has an open wound in her stomach that needs to be dressed every day.
Sheriah Harrison paid £ 5,000 for tummy tuck, liposuction, and breast reduction. The proceedings could cost in the region of £ 12,000 privately in the UK
Mrs. Harrison photographed during the vacation before the operation. It is unclear where she is in this photo
On the photo, her body immediately after the cut-price operation in Turkey. She claims that the bruises would decrease over time
& # 39; It has disturbed me & # 39 ;, Harrison said. & # 39; It was completely traumatic. I can't just live a normal life now and I'm devastated.
& # 39; I was really sick so I'm just happy to be here now. It's just so dangerous and people don't realize what can happen.
& # 39; It is safer to pay extra. I would never recommend anyone to do what I did. It was horrible. It is like a game of Russian roulette and it can kill you. & # 39;
Mrs. Harrison wanted cosmetic surgery to remove stretch marks and excess skin she had after pregnancy and delivery.
The mother of Jay, 22 and Brandon, 19, said she hated the way her stomach looked & # 39; and photos & avoid.
She decided to take a tummy tuck and lipo at the same time as breast reduction – to remove implants that ruptured after a boob job in 2002, at the age of 16.
Days after flying home from Istanbul after the triple operation, the 40-year-old was taken to the hospital for an emergency operation (pictured, her stomach after the operation)
Doctors revealed that Mrs. Harrison from Cardiff had the onset of sepsis, a life-threatening immune system response to infection
Mrs. Harrison flew to Turkey on October 8 and went under the knife the next day in an unnamed clinic in Istanbul.
Just two days after surgery, Ms. Harrison, who booked the operation as part of a vacation package, claims that her stomach & # 39; hard & # 39; and swollen.
WHAT IS A TUMMY TUCK?
Medically known as an abdominal wall correction, abdominal wall corrections improve the appearance of the stomach.
Surgeons remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen and bind connective tissue.
The end result is a tighter appearance. Many women and men have the surgery to improve their body image.
An abdominal wall correction is also the option for women who have given birth and who have an extended & # 39; mummy belly & # 39; to have.
The surgery restores the rectus diastasis – two abs that can secrete during pregnancy.
Figures show that nearly 130,000 abdominal wall folds were performed in the US last year. There are nearly 3,000 private in the UK every year.
The Mayo Clinic says: & # 39; As with any other type of major surgery, tummy tuck correction poses a risk of bleeding, infection and an anesthetic side effect. & # 39;
It can also lead to fluid retention under the skin, also called a seroma. They can get infected.
She said: & I felt it was filled with moisture. It was really swollen and I looked absolutely terrible. It became bigger and bigger.
& # 39; I went back to visit my surgeon and he said it was normal. But he drained 12 syringes of fluid from my stomach.
& # 39; He tried to tell me it was normal, but I could see it was infected. My stomach went down after that, so I thought it might be normal. & # 39;
Her condition deteriorated when she returned to the UK on October 15, six days after her operation.
She had flu-like symptoms and blotchy skin and looked & # 39; absolutely terrible & # 39; and called the next day for medical advice.
Operators said they should go to the University Hospital of Wales immediately because doctors suspected they were suffering from an infection.
Her condition deteriorated in the coming days and she was operated on October 19.
& # 39; I could not breathe properly and I was in so much pain & # 39 ;, said Ms. Harrison, who claims to have made a complaint to the clinic but has not received a reply.
& # 39; The swelling put pressure on my lungs. I became red and purple. The consultant said I was a mess. It was horrible.
& # 39; I was terrified and my family petrified. I thought I'd die. I'm lucky to live. The doctors said I was very lucky to have contracted the infection when I did.
The official spent nearly a month in the hospital after the trial. She still has an open wound in her stomach that needs to be dressed every day (pictured in the hospital)
Mrs. Harrison wanted cosmetic surgery to remove stretch marks and excess skin she gains after pregnancy and childbirth (pictured before going under the knife in Turkey)
& # 39; They had to cut me open again because of how bad it was. They couldn't just drain it. & # 39;
Surgeons had to unbutton her wounds and suck huge amounts of fluid from her stomach, and then leave the wax open for cleaning.
She was allowed to go home in November, but was admitted twice after the development of infections in the following months.
Mrs. Harrison had to work full time for six months and could only work half a day from January this year.
The doctors issued her a vacuum pack to collect the fluid as it leaked from her stomach, and a nurse visited her at home for three months to take the wound.
Since January, Ms. Harrison can dress the wound herself, but says the operation has ruined her life.
Mrs. Harrison had to work full-time for six months and could only work half a day from January this year (photo, the scars on her stomach after the failed operation)
WHAT IS BURSTREDUCTION SURGERY?
Breast reduction surgery can help women who are not happy with the shape, weight or hanging of their breasts.
The NHS does not routinely offer it for cosmetic reasons. Instead, it is usually only offered to women with health problems due to the size of their breasts.
The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) claims that around 6,000 of the operations were performed in 2016.
The procedure, which can cause scars and an unusual shape, can cost up to £ 6,500 in private.
It also has the same risks as all types of major operations, such as bleeding and infections.
She said: & # 39; I have not been able to go to Cardiff or book vacations. It has absolutely ruled my life and makes me feel terrible. It was awful.
& # 39; I have always felt tired and lived on the couch for months. I felt very dilapidated. I could not go there anymore.
& # 39; It still affects me now. I can't do anything I used to do and I've earned around 10 pounds.
& # 39; I have just started using power walking to become active again. It was really depressing and has limited everything I do. & # 39;
Mrs. Harrison will need plastic surgery in the future to remove thick scar tissue that has developed on her stomach.
She said: & # 39; There is more than two inches of scar tissue on my stomach and it limits my movement.
& # 39; I can't stoop or stoop to put on my shoes. It really hurts my waist. & # 39;
Mrs. Harrison has encouraged Britons to stay in the UK for surgery. She said: & # 39; You see success stories, but you don't really see such stories.
& # 39; If you think you have a good deal, think about it and seriously consider undergoing the operation here. & # 39;
Mrs. Harrison will need plastic surgery in the future to remove thick scar tissue that has developed on her stomach (pictured with her friends on her 40th birthday before surgery)
The NHS warns everyone who is considering cosmetic surgery abroad to do research on the clinic they are looking at.
& # 39; It is important to do your research when you think of cosmetic surgery abroad & # 39 ;, it says on the website.
& # 39; It may cost less than in the UK, but you must weigh potential savings against potential risks. Safety standards may not be that high. & # 39;
The NHS also warns that people looking for cosmetic surgery should be careful with websites that sell cosmetic surgery as part of a vacation.
WHAT IS LIPOSUCTION AND THE DANGERS?
Liposuction removes fat from areas such as the abdomen, arms, buttocks, calves, chest, back, hips, thighs, neck and very occasional breasts.
The procedure reduces the number of fat cells in a specific area. The amount of fat that is removed depends on the appearance of the area and the amount of fat.
HOW IT IS DONE:
There are a few ways to do it.
The most common is & # 39; tumescent liposuction & # 39 ;:
- Surgeon injects a sterile solution (salt water to remove fat, anesthesia to relieve pain and adrenaline to narrow blood vessels) in the area being treated. The fluid causes the affected area to swell and stiffen.
- The surgeon then makes small incisions in the skin by inserting a thin tube called a cannula. The cannula is connected to a vacuum that sucks fat and liquids from the body.
- Patients can later receive an IV drip to supplement their body fluids.
RISK & # 39; S:
If done in the wrong hands, liposuction can entail a number of risks, many of which are life-threatening.
Patients can get heart problems, such as Diana, due to a shift in fluid levels when fluids are injected and aspirated.
Depending on the location of the operation, there is a risk that an internal organ will be punctured by the cannula.
Some failed operations have led to thick emboli – when pieces of loose fat become loose and get stuck in a blood vessel and gather in the lungs or travel to the brain.
Skin infections are also possible, although rare.
Aesthetically, surgeons with little or little experience could leave patients with bumpy, wavy or withered skin because of uneven fat removal, poor skin elasticity and unusual healing.
They can mess with their nerves, permanently numbing them in the affected area.
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