Woman who had a botched breast implant surgery in Thailand warns others about cheap, risky cosmetic operations.
A woman who went to Thailand seeking breast implants has opened up about the trauma and permanent damage she suffered after her botched surgery.
Lee Cameron, 48, booked a breast augmentation procedure in Thailand last August through a cosmetic tourism agency.
The Melbourne woman thought she’d come back home with new breast implants and a saving of more than $20,000 by getting her procedure done overseas.
Ms Cameron paid $7,000 for her surgery in Thailand and said the same procedure would cost her $27,000 in Australia.
Yet Ms Cameron was horrified when the bandages were unraveled after her operation.
‘I’m permanently disfigured,’ she told 9 News.
Ms Cameron said she had big ‘open wounds’ and used her hand to show the size of them being about 10cm wide.
She also contracted an infection and her nipples were a lot higher than they should’ve been.
Ms Cameron was shocked when the Thai doctor told her, “That’s okay, you’re old. They’re going to drop.”
Dr Olivia Perotti from Western Health says she has had many patients who has required breast reconstructions after their botched overseas surgeries.
‘I saw a woman who lost a nipple,’ she said.
Cosmetic tourism is a booming $300 million-dollar industry with thousands of Australians travelling overseas to undergo surgery.
More than 15,000 Australians travelling overseas – mainly to Southeast Asia – for cosmetic surgery each year,’ according to a statement made by the Royal Australian College of Surgeons (RACS).
In a media statement made by RACS, Dr Perotti said: ‘Often patients are promised the world, but it’s the unknowns that are scary.
‘What are the surgeons qualifications? Is the anaesthetist safe and qualified? Are the surgical instruments sterilised? Does the hospital adhere to WHO guidelines for surgical safety?’ she said.
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