Cosmetic surgery comes in all shapes and sizes and as with everything, there are many things to consider. I can’t stress enough that surgery of any sort is serious business. You only get one body and you should treat it with the utmost care.
But it’s impossible to know everything.
I started Trusted Surgeons out of frustration. Being a registered nurse, I want people to be making decisions around surgery from a place of understanding and knowledge. I want the public to have a voice, somewhere to speak out about the problems with in the industry. Trusted Surgeons is a not-for-profit educational platform that only promotes board certified plastic surgeons. Surgeons you can trust.
It’s baffling that the industry that requires the most trust seems to be the least transparent. Unfortunately, not all surgeons are upfront and honest about the risks of surgery or issues such as anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) which has been associated with breast implants.
While discussion about cosmetic surgery is now free of the stigma it used to carry, there are still sides to plastic surgery we don’t talk about enough. There are many faces to the unexpected outcomes of having surgery.
After becoming so self-conscious that she didn’t even like her partner seeing her breasts, Taryn decided that she wanted to have a breast augmentation. She researched for eight months, asking people about their experiences in forums, meeting with surgeons. She lived and breathed the process.
Taryn had several consults and got quotes for surgery. With all the information, she believed she was making an informed decision and decided to go to Thailand. The lead up to the procedure – and the procedure itself – went without a hitch, but once the surgery was complete, Taryn noticed a shift, only seeing her surgeon once post-surgery in the seven days she was there. It was a five minute examination.
Despite the doctor hastily signing a ‘free to fly’ form, Taryn couldn’t help but feel everything was rushed after the procedure, and that her drains were removed too quickly.
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Speaking to many women post-surgery, Taryn has since found that cosmetic tourism companies are more interested in making a profit than providing women with a good experience. Taryn has struggled to communicate with her surgeon since the operation, and says her company ignored her emails until she gave up; not exactly the kind of customer service you want if you require immediate medical attention.
But Taryn’s main issue is that, despite doing her research and speaking to many people, she was unaware of ALCL and breast implant illness. In fact, despite her many meetings and appointments, not one surgeon mentioned it – including the tourism company she chose for her surgery. It wasn’t until Taryn was back in Australia that she found information about textured implants and the increased risks associated with them.
Taryn has recently joined a group with 30,000 members, all sharing their stories around this life changing illness. It has really made her think twice about her decision.
“Now I am discovering [that] maybe I have paid $5500 to have two ticking time bombs put inside me,” Taryn told me.
She feels that if she had known about breast implant illness and ALCL, then this would have had a massive impact on deciding to go ahead with surgery, especially being a young mum.