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After Anna was told the surgeon who performed her breast enlargement surgery had “disappeared” and the clinic would not rectify her poor results, Anna sought the help of Elena Prousskaia at The McIndoe Centre to correct her breasts which had become heavily distorted and displaced as a result of the botched surgery.

During consultation it was decided that Anna would need breast implant removal and replacement surgery in conjunction with a breast uplift to rebuild the shape of her breasts. In theatre Elena quickly saw that the implants which had been used had no brand series number and were completely crusted to Anna’s chest wall. This made them very difficult to remove and clean during surgery. Despite the difficulties faced during surgery, Elena still managed to produce excellent results.

A poll of BAAPS* (British Association of Aesthetic Practitioners) members (of which there are around 230) reveals eight out of ten have witnessed an alarming increase in requests from patients to correct failed cosmetic procedures during the last five years - with some members counting as much as a third of their own practice just fixing other people’s mistakes.... nearly a third (30%) stated that the original procedure had clearly been carried out by someone with dangerously inadequate training, and a similar proportion (30%) were picking up the pieces from cheap deals abroad.

Elena said, “Anna is a beautiful young woman who had such bad luck. Cases like Anna are on the increase as too many people are trying to get cheap surgery or go abroad to save money. People like Anna end up paying with their health, happiness and wellbeing, so I strongly believe these are the stories we need to be shedding light on. Recently I have had an influx of patients desperate for help after having cheap surgery in a non-hospital clinical environment. Before they find me, they all say they conducted careful research but unfortunately many fall foul to persuasive marketing, incentivised surgery costs and lack of information. Their lives and confidence are usually severely affected and finding a surgical solution is often difficult.”

Anna said “The surgery with Elena has changed mine and my partner’s world. We are both delighted with the result. I wanted my body and my life back. The botched surgery affected me so much on a day to day basis. Elena has been brilliant, we’re so happy with the result”.

*All reputable surgeons should be accredited with BAAPs or BAPRAS. All of the consultants who practice out of The McIndoe Centre are registered with either BAAPS or BAPRAS.

BAAPS have published extensive safety guidelines for people to consider whilst researching cosmetic surgery. We have summarised the key points below.

  • Check your surgeon’s credentials. All surgeons should have FRCS(Plast) after their name and be accredited with a specialist governing body like BAAPS or BAPRAS. You can check if a surgeon is a member under “Find a Surgeon” on the BAAPS or BAPRAS website. They should also be listed on the Specialist Register of Plastic Surgeons with the General Medical Council. Click here to search the GMC register online.
  • Beware of free consultations. Many organisations will offer free consultations with a Patient Services Advisor or Coordinator, avoid booking fees and non-refundable deposits. Make sure that your follow-up consultations are with the surgeon that performed your surgery too.
  • Location is key. Be cautious of travelling far to receive your follow-up care, if complications arise you don’t want to be too far away. Some organisations have many clinics dotted around the UK but only a few hospitals in central locations, be aware that you may be seen for consultations closer to home but may incur further costs as you may have to travel to London for surgery.
  • Don’t feel pressurised! Surgery should change your life for the better, if at any point you feel unsure or pressurised to have surgery then this is a clear signal that you should pause and rethink you options. Remember that it is OK to change your mind, no reputable surgeon would normally impose any penalty for cancellations.

Although breast implants are generally safe, occasionally they will fail. If the problem is detected early enough, breast implant removal is usually straightforward, but if the damaged implant is left, the problem will worsen.

Patients decide to have breast implant removal for a number of reasons, if you do have them replaced there is no obligation to have new implants, this will all depend of the look you want to achieve.

Common reasons for breast implant removal include:

  • Capsular contracture (hardening of the implant)
  • Unhappy with the shape and size and desiring a new look
  • Correcting poor surgical results

Removal surgery involves using the incision created by the initial surgery to insert the implants. Your surgeon will re-open this point in order to extract the old implant. The new implant will then be inserted using the same incision. This type of surgery is usually much less painful than an initial breast enlargement as the skin has already stretched to accommodate the implant. If you do not want to replace your implants you may want or need a breast uplift to restore the volume and fullness.

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