Mother's breast implants 'fall out' after botched surgery in Turkey
Mother’s £6,000 breast implants ‘fall out of her chest’ after botched surgery at a cut-price Turkish clinic ‘promoted by celebrities’
- Angelica Isaksen, 27, from Stockholm, Sweden, had second boob job last June
- Within days her right breast ballooned, turned red and began throbbing in pain
- After two weeks the scar was bursting open and implant was protruding from it
A mother-of-two’s breast implant fell out of her chest weeks after botched surgery in Turkey.
Angelica Isaksen, 27, from Stockholm, Sweden, forked out £6,000 for her second boob job last June at a cut-price clinic she found on Instagram.
She claims she chose the clinic, which has not been named for legal reasons, after seeing celebrities promote it on the social media site.
Ms Isaksen also had a Brazilian bum lift and tummy tuck during her six-day stay in Turkey and was immediately unhappy with her results.
Within days her right breast had ballooned, turned bright right and was throbbing in pain.
After two weeks the scar underneath her right breast had began to open up and the implant was poking out of it.
Angelica Isaksen, 27, forked out £6,000 for her second breast enhancement in June 2019, along with a Brazilian butt lift and tummy tuck
Ms Isaksen also had a Brazilian bum lift and tummy tuck during her six-day stay in Turkey and was initially happy with her results
But within days her right breast had ballooned and was throbbing in pain. After two weeks the scar underneath her right breast had began to open and the implant was protruding from it
The mother said she has shared her story to warn other women against choosing budget boob jobs to save money.
Doctors in Sweden revealed she had contracted an antibiotic resistant bug while under the knife.
She was diagnosed with the bacterial infection MRSA – which occurs when normally harmless bugs living on the skin invade the bloodstream.
Ms Isaksen has since had both implants removed and is unable to look after her children until the highly infectious infection clears up.
She added: ‘Immediately after surgery, I knew something wasn’t right as my right breast was swollen and sore.
‘I have had surgery before and a caesarean so I can handle pain, but this was horrendous.
‘After two days, my breast started leaking with blood, but I was told it is ‘normal’ and I made out to be overreacting.
‘They didn’t remove the tape to see what was going on – I assume the tape was holding the incision together.
Ms Isaksen has since had both implants removed and is back to her natural B cup-sized breasts
The mother said she has shared her story to warn other women against choosing budget boob jobs (pictured with 18-month-old son Tristan)
‘After six days in Turkey, I returned home and I took the tape off – the stitches were opening, and my breast continued to bleed – it was so scary.
‘I added pressure to it with a towel and started panicking as I could see the implant coming out. I was so worried in case it fell out on to my lap.’
‘By the time I got to the hospital, it was pouring with blood – they took me straight in for tests – they came back saying I had MRSA.’
Ms Isaksen was kept in hospital for five days in Sweden before being sent home to wait for an appointment with a plastic surgeon to remove the implant.
She had to wear a special bra and lie down to stop the implant from falling out. The mother added: ‘Every step I took the hole in my breast got bigger – I was bedbound for two weeks whilst I waited for the removal.
‘I felt better as soon as it was out – the implant was covered in a brown liquid from the infection.’
The right implant was removed on December 2 and the left was removed January 7.
Ms Isaksen had her first boob job four years ago in Sweden but after giving birth to her twins Milan and Tristan, 18 months, she wanted a ‘mummy makeover’.
Doctors in Sweden revealed she had contracted an antibiotic resistant bug while under the knife
She was kept in hospital for five days in Sweden before being sent home to wait for an appointment with a plastic surgeon to remove the implant
One in five beauty clinics in UK are UNSAFE and let untrained staff perform breast enlargements
A report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) last year warned too many clinics were carrying out unsafe facelifts, nose jobs, breast enlargements, weight loss surgeries and hair transplants.
It found the procedures at these clinics were often performed by untrained staff who did not follow infection prevention standards.
The report also revealed some clients were given out-of-date medicine and left in danger while sedated during liposuction.
It is the latest blow to the clinics, which have been accused of preying on the body-conscious by offering them buy-one-get-one-free surgeries and ignoring the psychological impacts of the alterations.
The health regulator has threatened to shut down the businesses, part of a booming industry, following its report published on Tuesday.
It found that 20 per cent of the services it licenses to carry out cosmetic surgeries showed multiple ‘areas of inadequate practice’.
After seeing multiple celebrities promote the clinic and reading positive reviews, she opted to go ahead with the surgery.
She said: ‘I found the clinic in Turkey through Instagram; I had seen a lot of celebrities promoting it so I trusted them and thought it must be good.
‘All of the reviews online were great – I later discovered this is because they ask you to write a review whilst you are in the clinic – they obviously delete the bad ones.
‘I initially went to the clinic for a breast uplift, volume added to my bum, loose skin removed from carrying the twins and my abdominal muscles tightened.
‘None of these things were achieved, I looked the same, so I complained, and they offered me a free revision.
‘I assumed the uplift was unsuccessful due to the weight of the implants so the second time round, I got for implants which were half the size and an uplift.
‘I was picked up from the airport and taken straight to the hospital – I didn’t even get chance to drop my luggage off nor shower.
‘Within ten minutes, I was getting ready for surgery – I felt very uneasy.’
Ms Isaksen is now a size B breast cup after her implants have been removed and claims she is still dealing with the aftermath of her plastic surgery abroad.
She added: ‘MRSA is resistant to many antibiotics – I have become house bound and unable to look after my children due to the bacteria.
‘I have been through a horrific ordeal and the surgery are not taking responsibility for their actions – I have been blocked on WhatsApp and Instagram by them.
‘I want to save lives by sharing my story and prevent this from happening in the future.
‘The MRSA is still in my system and it will be until the wounds clear up. I went under the knife to get my body back in shape for bikini competitions but now I regret it more than ever.’
WHAT IS MRSA?
A type of bacteria that’s resistant to several widely used antibiotics. This means infections with MRSA can be harder to treat than other bacterial infections.
The full name of MRSA is methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. You might have heard it called a ‘superbug’.
MRSA infections mainly affect people who are staying in hospital. They can be serious, but can usually be treated with antibiotics that work against MRSA.
MRSA lives harmlessly on the skin of around 1 in 30 people, usually in the nose, armpits, groin or buttocks. This is known as ‘colonisation’ or ‘carrying’ MRSA.
You can get MRSA on your skin by:
- touching someone who has it
- sharing things like towels, sheets and clothes with someone who has MRSA on their skin
- touching surfaces or objects that have MRSA on them
Getting MRSA on your skin will not make you ill, and it may go away in a few hours, days, weeks or months without you noticing. But it could cause an infection if it gets deeper into your body.
People staying in hospital are most at risk of this happening because:
- they often have a way for the bacteria to get into their body, such as a wound, burn, feeding tube, drip into a vein, or urinary catheter
- they may have other serious health problems that mean their body is less able to fight off the bacteria
- they’re in close contact with a large number of people, so the bacteria can spread more easily
Healthy people, including children and pregnant women, are not usually at risk of MRSA infections.
Symptoms of MRSA
Having MRSA on your skin does not cause any symptoms and does not make you ill.
You will not usually know if you have it unless you have a screening test before going into hospital.
If MRSA gets deeper into your skin, it can cause:
If it gets further into your body, it can also cause:
- a high temperature of 38C or above
- aches and pains
- Treatments for MRSA
Removing MRSA from your skin
If screening finds MRSA on your skin, you may need treatment to remove it. This is known as decolonisation.
This usually involves:
- applying antibacterial cream inside your nose 3 times a day for 5 days
- washing with an antibacterial shampoo every day for 5 days
- changing your towel, clothes and bedding every day during treatment – the resulting laundry should be washed separately from other people’s and at a high temperature
Treatment is normally done at home, but may be started after going into hospital if you need to be admitted quickly.
Treatment for an MRSA infection
If you get an MRSA infection, you’ll usually be treated with antibiotics that work against MRSA.
These may be taken as tablets or given as injections. Treatment can last a few days to a few weeks.
During treatment, you may need to stay in your own room or in a ward with other people who have an MRSA infection to help stop it spreading.
You can normally still have visitors, but it’s important they take precautions to prevent MRSA spreading.
If you’re staying in hospital, there are some simple things you can do to reduce your risk of getting or spreading MRSA.
- wash your hands often (hand wipes and alcohol hand gel are also effective) – especially before and after eating and after going to the toilet
- follow the advice you’re given about wound care and looking after devices that could lead to infection (such as urinary catheters or drips)
- report any unclean facilities to staff – do not be afraid to talk to staff if you’re concerned about hygiene
If you’re visiting someone in hospital, clean your hands before and after entering the ward and before touching the person. Gel or wipes are often placed by patients’ beds and at the entrance to wards.
It’s also a good idea to put a dressing over any breaks in your skin, such as sores or cuts, to stop MRSA getting into your body.
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