Botched Up Bodies


We all dream of that perfect body, just a few less pounds here or there, wanting a body part bigger or smaller or a shapelier figure.

Many people turn to cosmetic surgery to make those improvements and to help build confidence. Unfortunately, surgery doesn’t always turn out as planned with people suffering with side effects and infections. This is often due to bad decisions made by the surgeon or the wrong aftercare given.

Botched up bodies takes a look at some men and women that have had cosmetic surgery go wrong and follow their journey to try and put it right.

This episode (shown on Channel 5 last night) is the final in the series and shows 4 individuals who are unhappy and need further help to correct their botched cosmetic surgery.  

Alison was recommended to have surgery on her nose after attending hospital about an ear infection, after 5 nose jobs she was still not happy with the shape of her nose and was also suffering from breathing problems.  

Graham had surgery to thicken his hair, which was unsuccessful. After the transplanted hair started to fall out in tufts, Graham had electrolysis treatment to remove the remaining hair from the transplant. Unfortunately, this left 50 deep scars to his head.

Lynda had been having problems with her teeth since childhood, having had her first set of dentures fitted at age 11. She had a dental plate fitted; however this scraped against her gums and frequently fell out leaving her unable to eat and having a massive effect on her confidence.   

Adeleh travelled to Thailand for forehead feminisation surgery. The surgeon shaved off too much bone from her forehead and compensated by injecting plastic filler in its place. However, she returned home to the UK, she blew her nose and ended up with a golf ball shaped air bubble in her forehead. Suzanne Mason (specialist beauty and cosmetic surgery claims Solicitor) says “The number of people having cosmetic surgery is rapidly increasing. These people should have been advised of all of the possible risks of the procedure and complications prior to the surgery being carried out. In these types of procedures, it is important that trained and experienced professionals are carrying out the treatment and are advising correctly. Unfortunately, it is often not the case and inadequately skilled or trained persons are carrying out these procedures which can have a major impact on an individual’s life and can cause ongoing problems with their physical and psychological wellbeing. There is currently a consultation headed by the Royal College of Surgeons in an attempt to create a register to certify that surgeons will only be able to carry out cosmetic surgery in areas which they are specifically trained and have experience. It is hoped that if this register is successfully created, it will mean that procedures will be carried out only by trained and experienced professionals giving people more confidence when embarking on these types of procedures.”

Unfortunately, this is an all too familiar story when some people choose to travel abroad to have surgery for a cheaper price. It is important to carry out some research prior to undergoing medical procedures, particularly abroad where medical practitioners may not receive as high quality training as they do in the UK.

When considering cosmetic surgery, it is always advisable to check surgeons are reputable before booking and taking into account that you may not be covered if anything were to go wrong if you decide to have your surgery abroad.

Matt Trusch (Specialist Travel Claims Solicitor) said, “If a procedure goes wrong, it is often difficult to know what to do and where to turn. In England, the offers individuals who have been the subject of negligence a remedy to recover compensation for injury, both physical and psychological including from beauty related procedures. However, where these procedures are carried out outside of England and Wales, the immediate concern is whether that individual can bring a claim in the English courts.”