I went to Turkey for an inexpensive breast correction but my double D implants burst through my chest
A woman whose breast implant fell out of her breast weeks after a botched operation in Turkey has told how she was “depressed” by the complications.
Kelly Young, of New Malden, Greater London, spent £3,700 on a breast reduction in September, more than two decades after her first procedure.
The 48-year-old chose an inexpensive clinic in the destination — which thousands flock to each year for inexpensive surgeries — which she found quickly.
But Ms Young, a driver, was forced to contact the NHS after the botched procedure caused the implants to slosh out of holes in her chest.
Kelly Young (pictured before surgery in September), from New Malden, Greater London, spent £3,700 on her second breast reduction in September at a budget clinic she was quick to find so she can fly with a friend who also has it work on her teeth
The 48-year-old had surgery to increase her cup size to double D 24 years ago in the UK, but her right implant ruptured in 2018
Ms Young (pictured after surgery in December) admitted she hadn’t done much research beforehand and chose the clinic because “Turkey was the cheapest place to get it done”.
What are the dangers of an operation abroad?
Thousands of Brits flock to destinations like Turkey every year to get tummy tucks, breast augmentations and butt lifts at great prices.
But patients or the NHS often end up footing the bill for surgical corrections.
This can include removing dead tissue from improperly cleaned wounds, correcting poor sutures, and removing surgical items such as latex gloves.
And in Turkey alone, at least 20 Brits have died after surgery, including mother-of-three Leah Cambridge, who had a botched Brazilian butt lift in 2018.
Some surgeons in the country are performing procedures that are considered too dangerous or unethical in the UK.
Others will save on follow-up care, activists say, which can leave patients vulnerable to dangerous complications.
But despite all the warnings, the industry continues to boom, and hundreds of medical tourism agencies are now promising breast corrections and liposuctions thousands of pounds cheaper than UK providers.
Turkey is not inherently more dangerous than other surgical tourism hotspots.
But cheap flights between the UK and the UK – plus the growing trend of combining cosmetic surgery with a holiday – have made it one of the leading destinations for Brits looking to go under the knife.
In 2016 alone, almost 12,000 Britons flew to Turkey for medical care, making it one of the most popular travel destinations.
Ms Young admitted she hadn’t done much research beforehand and chose the clinic because “Turkey was the cheapest place to do it”.
Typically, breast implant surgery in the UK costs between £3,500 and £8,000. This does not usually include the costs for consultations or aftercare.
Of her ordeal, she said, “I didn’t think there would be any complications, and I didn’t think that seven weeks later they were just going to tell me I couldn’t have any more surgery.”
Within days of returning home in September, the scar under her right breast was beginning to open and the pus-covered implant was sticking out.
Ms Young, a mother of two, added: “When I came back my daughter went to have my bandage changed and said the stitches had come undone and she was crying.
“My doctor said it was infected and put me on antibiotics. I went to the district nurses every day to keep an eye on it and dress it. It started to wet more and got bigger.
“They had to put cotton in the hole every day so it wouldn’t get any bigger when they couldn’t anymore.
It was too big and getting worse every day so I had to go to the emergency room.
Despite being advised not to fly back to Turkey by an NHS breast surgeon, she flew back in November for revision surgery.
“I had to get on the plane with the implant hanging out, I was scared,” she added.
After her surgery, she woke up worried about the blood loss from her surgical wound.
But her surgeon advised her “it’s normal” and would “stay like that for a few more days,” so she decided to fly home, she claimed.
However, when she discovered a second hole in December, which was enlarging by the day, she was told by a British breast surgeon that her second implant was infected and that she should wait at least six months before undergoing another implant procedure.
“I was tired of having holes in my boobs and having to dress them every day,” she said.
“So I went back to Turkey. They said there was nothing they could do, they would take it out and I shouldn’t have any more treatment, no raise or anything.’
“He said I had very small breasts and a little sagging skin and that was it. I went home because I was depressed out there.
After the implants were removed, Ms Young revealed she was now prescribed antidepressants and is looking for another surgeon to repair the damage as her confidence has been shaken.
Although she wasn’t billed for the two revision surgeries, Ms Young spent a total of £6,200 about the first surgery, flights and accommodation.
“I’m very unhappy with them, I feel like a 12-year-old again. I don’t let my boyfriend see me, everyone knows me with my boobs,” she said.
“I have three scars with a flat chest. I feel like a different person.
“I have to finish her, I couldn’t wear a bikini – summer would be a nightmare.”
She added: “People need to do their research, look at all the complications that can arise and make sure they’re not paying cash because if you pay by card you have more rights.”
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