Botched neck liposuction will cost Ontario woman $20,000 to correct

An Ontario woman who dreamed of correcting what she called her “double chin” will now have to shell out up to $20,000 to fix a botched cosmetic surgery.

“I’m depressed and crying every day and have started taking medication for my depression. I look in the mirror, I see all these scars,” said Riba Hassan of Thornhill, Ont.

Hassan said she approached a plastic surgery clinic to undergo neck liposuction. She said that although she was worried that the doctor who was to perform the procedure had limited experience, she went ahead and paid $5,000 for the operation.

“That part of my face is like a double chin, it bothered me, so I decided to do some kind of liposuction, like a minor surgery,” Hassan said.

After the operation, Hassan had bulging areas on his neck and scars around his ears. The same clinic performed a second surgery for free, but the problems remained and were not corrected.

While the initial operation cost $5,000, Hassan said she will now have to pay a lot more to get her neck problems fixed.

“It depends, different doctors, good doctors, say it won’t be less than $20,000, but between $15,000 and $25,000,” Hassan said.

Although the clinic agreed to continue working with Hassan to try to address her concerns, she said she no longer felt comfortable dealing with them.

There has been an increase in cosmetic surgeries during the pandemic, in part because more people are using video calls and sharing photos on social media.

Although the majority of procedures go smoothly, surgeons who perform plastic surgery operations say that any medical procedure can carry risks.

Dr Julie Khanna is a plastic surgeon with 25 years of experience and is not involved in Hassan’s case. Khanna is the Past President of the Canadian Society for Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery and the Medical Director of Plastic Surgery ICLS in Oakville, Ontario.

Khanna said that before going ahead with any plastic surgery procedure, research is key and it’s important to make sure the doctor is experienced and certified.

“I think whenever you think about plastic surgery, the most important thing is to go see someone who is qualified and someone who specializes in that area,” Khanna said.

Khanna said it was important to “check they are trained by the Royal College of Surgeons and ensure they have that designation”.

“Also look at their practice, what are they doing? Make sure you go to someone reputable and meet more than one doctor,” Khanna said.

CTV News Toronto has contacted the clinic where Hassan had his procedures, but we have not received any comment. The clinic agreed to reimburse Hassan for the $5,000 she paid for the operation.

“I’m happy, it’s good, because at least I can use this money for the other operation I have to do,” Hassan said.

Before agreeing to any cosmetic procedure, make sure you fully understand the risks and benefits and also see if there are other treatments available that do not require surgery.

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