One woman recounts how she struggled with her self-esteem for seven years after being hired by a surgeon as a boot babe, who was later attacked.
Leah Maynard, a mother of two, underwent breast augmentation surgery in 2013 in the hope that it would boost her confidence.
Instead, he was described as embarrassed and ashamed, his self-consciousness affecting his standard of living.
A plastic surgeon operated on the 35-year-old boy, who was later pronounced dead at the scene.
He hoped the action would boost his confidence – instead, it left him shattered.
“I initially wanted surgery because I was breastfeeding my two children and I had lost all flexibility and volume,” he explained.
“I had a C-cup before that and I finished DD, so it didn’t make much difference. I just wanted them to look full again.”
But, in the hands of a revolving surgeon, who has since left the country, the breast augmentation went wrong.
“The pocket on the left breast was too big to move the implant. It was very rough and it was worn close to the tissue, “Leah told Preston.
“It completely shattered my confidence and I was so self-made.
“It was like swimming with the kids or staying on vacation which was the worst – you could see that one breast was bigger than the other. It was very noticeable.
“I just thought it would heal on its own, but it got worse. It took me years to trust another surgeon.”
Leah, a former dental nurse, wherever possible.
But last year, when he was preparing to start a full-time course at the university, he finally decided to find a new surgeon to fix things.
He added, “I had time to think during the lockdown and I figured out what was important so I decided to do something about it because it affected my quality of life. Is.”
Leah wanted corrective surgery before starting her course so that she could focus on her education without worrying about her body and health.
“I was terrified,” he said. For the first time, I was ignorant – I entered thinking it was a registered surgeon, so I trusted him. I thought I could only trust every surgeon.
“This time, I did a lot of research and checked all the reviews. I just wanted to fix it and get back to normal.
Leah met for a consultation at Manchester’s Reflex Clinic, where she consulted with plastic surgeon Gerard Lambe.
“The first thing he did was make realistic expectations of me,” he said. “He told me what I could and could not do.
“I was full of emotion and I felt embarrassed. But it made me feel comfortable. After that I got constant support. The next day the clinic called me to tell me how I was.
“The main factor was that I trusted him. When I went for another consultation, he arranged for another patient to talk to me, to present the patient’s point of view. He could see the weakness and he wanted to help me.
Leah agreed to the procedure and underwent an overnight stay at Manchester’s Spire Hospital in January.
With the repair of the previous damage, the original implants were removed and replaced under the penis.
Leah, who has a son, a 12-year-old daughter and an eight-year-old daughter, described the surgery as “life-changing”.
“I was shocked by the results – they exceeded all my expectations,” he said.
“It means I can focus on my education properly.
“It’s been a life-changing experience for me. I just feel lighter and I’m happier myself. Now I know my body is fine. There was a danger that it would start to peel off.” So it was a matter of concern.
“Now I have peace of mind, not only aesthetically, but also knowing that my body is healthy.”
She advises anyone considering surgery to ‘go for it’ – but do research first. And don’t give up on the corona virus because clinics currently have additional safety measures in place.
Joanna Lambe, director of the Reflection Clinic, echoed Leah’s advice about the research as she urged potential patients to avoid clinics that are cost-effective or that do not already offer a chance to see a surgeon.
“First check their website and social media pages to see if their ethics are important to you,” he said.
Then ask, do you feel safe in the hands of your cosmetic surgeon? Did you meet them before they worked on you? You can visit the review sites to see how experienced and skilled your cosmetic surgeon is and see the results they have achieved before and after the photograph.
“Cosmetic surgery can really affect a woman’s life in a positive way, as we’ve heard over and over again, so listening to a patient’s stories is a very positive part of their journey and helps them feel good about themselves. That’s the decent thing to do, and it should end there. ”
Gerard Long added that building trust between the surgeon and the patient is a top priority.
“We are very fortunate that we cannot tell patients that we think we have physical problems or are not in the right frame of mind, or are the ‘right place’ to decide on cosmetic surgery,” he said. ۔
“We see them at least twice for advice so they can make sure they want to move on. We encourage them to ask friends and family and have a full discussion.” Do
“We use virtual reality breast software to help them decide on the right size implants so that they can see their breasts in different sizes and different clothes so that they can get what they want.”
Joanna also said there has been an increase in inquiries into cosmetic surgery procedures during the lockdown – there has been a significant increase in upper eyelid surgery, breast surgery, ‘mother makeovers’ and Libya plastic surgery.
He added: “Lockdown allows people to sit at home and think about what they want in life and re-evaluate it.
“They’ve spent a lot of time at work or with their family on zoom or face-time calls, which is why they’re seeing themselves with new eyes.”
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