When you consider a Facelift surgery you are aiming for the best results like these ones.
Some cases do not end up as you wish.
When Sue Taylor decided to spend £5,000 on a facelift, she hoped it would transform her appearance and give her confidence a big boost.
She had been dogged by insecurity about her looks since childhood and thought surgery was the chance to turn around her life.
Instead the operation went disastrously wrong and left Mrs Taylor scarred for life both physically and mentally.
‘I decided to have cosmetic surgery because I really believe that if you feel better on the outside, then you feel better about yourself on the inside too,’ said Mrs Taylor, 46. ‘I was like a child in a sweet shop. I wanted it so badly that my husband said ‘Go for it.’
Her operation was carried out by David Herbert, a Nottinghamshire consultant surgeon, who was eventually suspended for six months by the General Medical Council. He worked mainly from the private Cromwell Clinic in Huntingd on, where colleagues nicknamed him the ‘flying doctor’ because of his speed.
He was said to carry out facelifts, which colleagues say would normally take up to four hours, in around 40 minutes.
In 1998 Mrs Taylor, from Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, opted for a full facelift, the smoothing-out of wrinkles around her eyes, laser treatment to erase lines round her mouth and liposuction under her neck to remove fatty tissue and restore a firm jawline.
‘Mr Herbert showed me before-andafter photographs of other girls and they looked fantastic,’ said Mrs Taylor, who has decided to speak out to warn other women of the potential dangers of bungled cosmetic surgery.
She kept a video diary of her progress as she endured weeks of agony after the operation, and it will be shown as part of ITV’s Facelifts From Hell programme.
‘When I first looked in the mirror I was devastated. I couldn’t believe the face staring back at me. I had no idea that I would look or feel that bad,’ she said.
In the diary filmed the day after the surgery, she says: ‘It’s horrendous now. My top lip won’t move, I can’t talk, I can’t drink and I can’t eat. It’s not worth having done.
‘I wasn’t desperate enough to do this to myself. I look like Homer Simpson.’
The skin around her neck was pulled so tight that she could not turn her head for several months.
She was left with a ridge of white scar tissue around her nose and mouth, a lump of
Sue Taylor two months
after the facelift. This photo is how she looked
like immediately afterwards
fatty tissue under her chin, and her eyes and ears were no longer even.
After six months, her face had regained its normal shape, but the skin around her mouth had lost its natural colour.
Two years later, desperate to reverse the ‘panda effect’, she decided to undergo further treatment with the same surgeon to make the rest of her face match the white part. But instead of lightening the skin on the rest of her face, the treatment turned it brown.
‘I was absolutely destroyed. I just couldn’t believe a different set of circumstances was happening to me,’ she said.
‘He said that it was the worst ‘hyperpigmentation’ that he had ever seen.
‘I have never cried so much in my entire life. I’d get up in the morning, I wouldn’t eat, I didn’t get dressed, I did nothing.
‘I just sat and cried in my dressing gown all day, day in, day out, for weeks and weeks.’
‘I tried every make up on the shelf, I bought pots and pots of the stuff. I tried camouflage creams that I just couldn’t get on with.’
Mrs Taylor, who has suffered clinical depression and has been helped through her ordeal by her husband Mark, said she wished she had never had the surgery, adding: ‘Quite honestly, I preferred the wrinkles.’ Laser surgery on her face resulted in a slight improvement in skin tone, but the scarring on the lower half of her face remains.
She relies on heavy make-up to conceal the scars and is still suffering psychologically.
Herbert was dealt with by the General Medical Council’s disciplinary committee last October after it received complaints from a number of patients.
He was described as ‘seriously deficient’ and was suspended for six months and Mrs Taylor received £6,000 in an out-of-court settlement.
The Cromwell Clinic said that Herbert had not worked there in 18 months and would not work there again.
Source: My facelift from hell