BOTCHED: Quanna’s Story

Surveys indicate that 87% of US women, which equates to a staggering 109 million women, are unhappy with their body. Each year, 1.4 million undergo invasive cosmetic surgery in an attempt to correct perceived flaws. Of these, 128,000 opt for abdominoplasty (also known as tummy tucks); a procedure that comes with higher risk of major complications than any other cosmetic plastic surgery procedures. Eighteen months after surgery, Quanna shares her story to inspire and help others who may be considering abdominoplasty.

From the outside, Quanna is a bubbly warm person that oozes confidence and beauty. You would never know she previously had a tummy tuck that resulted in severe scarring. The scarring was caused by an infection that developed post-op that resulted in the skin on her abdomen separating from her body.

Since her initial surgery, Quanna has spent over 50 days in hospital due to multiple complications and undergone many more procedures – all the while the surgeon who had performed her abdominoplasty had ‘left town’ and refused to return multiple calls from the hospital staff.

He just… left me for dead.

Despite her terrifying experience, that could have ended her life, Quanna lives her life to the fullest and encourages others to do the same. Proud mother of 2 children, she is currently 5-months pregnant with her third child.

We had the pleasure of meeting Quanna in August 2016 when she participated in our #mybodyis photoshoot, which aimed to celebrate the diversity of real women. Earlier this month Dr. Baker travelled to Chicago to meet up with Quanna and today, we are honored to share with you, her story.

Is it really worth it?

In her interview with Dr. Baker, Quanna shares details of her life over the past 18 months as she suffered horrific pain and complications post-surgery. She also talks of her experience being pregnant with a botched tummy tuck as well as the challenges she still faces with reconstructive surgery in the future. Her aim is not to tell others not to undergo surgery but to raise awareness of the risks and ask them to consider if it is really worth it.

Any enquiries about Quanna’s story can be directed to Dr. Baker via our contact page.

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