In 2005 at the age of eighteen I had a breast enlargement at Bodylooks in Harley Street London at The West London Clinic hospital by the surgeon Armando Cason. I paid £4,000 for silicone implants to be put under my breast muscle which took me from a 32A to a 32DD.
I healed well after my surgery, loved my new found confidence and went on to become a glamour model. Fast forward almost eight years and I now have two children, my five year old daughter Millie and my one year old son Gabriele. My implants changed with the years, they loosened and became painful to touch which resulted in me undergoing a second surgery two days ago to have my implants replaced. Bodylooks Harley Street clinic went bankrupt some years ago and the hospital was converted into a nursing home. My surgeon Armando Cason was struck off following a botched face-lift and has since retired to Autralia. The news broke in 2011 about PIP implants being a threat to implant patients used widely across the UK and Europe and as my medical notes contained no information regarding my implants I couldn’t find out if I was at risk.
I contacted various solicitors about my position and received the same information from all of them:
I am sorry to hear that you have been caught up in the PIP Scandal. Unfortunately, the court deadline for PIP claimants to register their cases on to The Group Litigation Order (“GLO”) was 8 April 2013.
In addition, I regret to inform you that Bodylooks have been declared as insolvent with no suitable insurance. This means that, even if the court were to allow your claim to be registered and found in your favour, there would be no assets or insurance with which to satisfy any judgement (e.g. pay you any compensation if your claim were to be successful).
You could try and apply to the court for permission to register your claim and join the group action, but I doubt that the court would permit for the reasons mentioned above. As a result, we would not be able to assist you with such an application on a no win no fee basis.
If the situation changes and/or the court makes any other relevant orders then we will let everyone know via our website (www.cosmeticsurgerylaw.co.uk) and invite you to get in touch, but I regret to say that we will not be able to further assist with your PIP claim against the clinic and/or surgeon at this stage.
The good news though is that if you paid for some or all of your original PIP surgery using a credit card then you may be able to bring a claim for compensation against your credit card provider under Section 75 Consumer Credit Act. Slee Blackwell.
I paid for my surgery with a bank loan from Natwest and not a credit card so there was nothing that I could legally do to confirm the identity of my implants, reclaim, or replace them as Bodylooks went into administration and the surgeon had left the UK. So for the past eight years almost I have not known what went into my chest and had no way of getting them replaced under guarentee.
Two days ago I had my second breast surgery carried out by the UK’s leading surgeon Mr Vikram Vijh at The Nuffield Health hospital in Hereford where my implants were confirmed to be PIP. You can see Vik’s advice about PIP implants here.
I can confirm that Bodylooks used PIP implants instead of the silicone they showed to their patients in the consultation room. Mr. A. Khan Aurakzai founded Body Looks Cosmetic Surgery in 2000 and boasts of his ten years previous experience of working from Harley Street with a BA. BSc. MBBS. FRCS. CCST Plastic Surgery – Ire.
This man knowingly used non-surgical grade PIP implants in his patients, as did the surgeons working for and on behalf of Bodylooks. The implants cost Bodylooks one third of the usual price of implants and were obviously of a poor quality with no paperwork which is why the patients were left without any details of their implants. This was not a mistake, it was a deliberate decision to make the company higher profits on surgery at the expense of the unknowing patients.
And like every other PIP supplying clinic, Bodylooks closed down to avoid replacing the bodged surgeries and reopened again under a different name weeks later leaving thousands of patients across the UK with no medical comeback and dangerous implants. And Khan Aurakzai is still trading and operating on innocent people!
When will the law recognise the thousands of UK people suffering in silence with faulty implants through no fault of their own, whilst the monsters doing this to them are free to cheat the system, jump companies and continue to put lives at risk for their own profit. This is disgusting and must be stopped.
I am now thankfully safe from my PIP implants but thousands of others are not. This is not humane, lives are at risk and we need to do something about this before it’s too late.
Something needs to give, the laws on cosmetic surgery need to be tougher and regulated; people at risk need to speak out and make their voices heard. This is 2013 and human life should not be toyed with so lightly by wolves in sheep’s clothing. We must out the conmen and prevent thousands of others from suffering in the same way that I have.
Who will be responsible for the thousands of patients caught in this loophole like I was? I will fight this from my hospital bed for those still suffering, please do not give up on hope. Seek immediate medical advice if you believe your implants may be PIP.
You can see my repair surgery on Extreme Beauty Disasters here (18+):