A Russian beauty queen has shared shock images after having a popular cosmetic procedure that has left her “unable to close her eyes”.
A Russian beauty queen has been left unable to close her eyes or smile after undergoing $5650 cosmetic procedure.
Yulia Tarasevich, 43, won running up in the Mrs Russia-International contest two years ago, and soon afterwards went for treatment at a top clinic.
But the Russian mother of two claimed she was “disfigured” during the surgery, which combined a facelift with a blepharoplasty of the eyelids, and reduction of fat in her cheeks.
During the surgery, which took place in Krasnodar, Russia, her face became badly swollen and inflamed.
Yulia had emergency follow-up surgery by another doctor to save her eyes from necrosis, she said in a complaint that is leading to criminal action against two doctors involved in her original operation.
“I came to them with a beautiful, healthy face,” Ms Tarasevich said.
“I just wanted to correct some nuances caused by ageing. But sadly I lost my health.”
The original medics named as doctors Andrey Komarov and Omar Khaled claim she had a rare genetic condition – scleroderma – that was impossible to predict and deny responsibility for her ordeal.
Scleroderma, also known as systemic sclerosis, is a chronic connective tissue condition that causes thickening or hardening of the skin.
In some cases it can cause problems with internal organs and blood vessels, caused by the immune system attacking connective tissue under the skin, Scleroderma Australia states.
However, Ms Tarasevich claims there’s no evidence she has this condition.
“I have scars that formed in my cheeks when they ripped out all my tissue,” she told Russian Channel 1.
“My eyes don’t close and I can’t smile.
“I can’t lift my upper lip. One part of my face doesn’t work at all.”
Ms Tarasevich said she has had plastic surgery before and it went “perfectly”, stating she wasn’t told of any genetic abnormalities.
She claims to have spent $37,640 to try and recover from the damage, with more bills ahead.
But she will not get back her looks from before the surgery.
She accused the surgeons of blaming her by claiming she had a condition which they could not detect prior to the surgery.
“The surgeons made me the only one guilty for what has happened,” she said.
“The doctors, who..disfigured my face, relieved themselves of all responsibility.
“I decided to have my day in court.”
Dr Khaled said the case had been “exaggerated”.
He and Dr Komarov are under investigation for flouting laws on the “safety of life and health”, said the Russian Investigative Committee.
Spokeswoman Anna Pushkina said: “A forensic medical examination has been appointed to determine the severity of the harm to health, and other patients who could have suffered from poor-quality services in this clinic are also being identified.
“The investigation of the criminal case is ongoing.”
Supermodel Linda Evangelista recently shared claims she was “brutally disfigured” after undergoing a popular fat-freezing procedure in 2016.
The Canadian supermodel, who rose to prominence in the 1990s, revealed in September she hasn’t been working in the industry, allegedly due to the shocking effects of CoolSculpting.
The 56-year-old alleged in a US$50 million ($68 million) damages lawsuit against Zeltiq Aesthetics, the company behind CoolSculpting, that she developed paradoxical adipose hyperplasia or PAH, a risk she says she wasn’t made aware of before she had the CoolSculpting procedure.
“I was brutally disfigured by Zeltiq’s CoolSculpting procedure which did the opposite of what it promised,” Evangelista claimed in a post.
“It increased, not decreased, my fat cells and left me permanently deformed even after undergoing two painful, unsuccessful, corrective surgeries.”
Linda was recently pictured for the first time since claiming she was “unrecognisable”, telling People: “I won’t hide anymore”.
Originally published as Beauty queen claims she was ‘disfigured’ by cosmetic treatment