Yulia Tarasevich botched plastic surgery: Russian beauty queen left unable to close eyes or smile as she sues doctors in a malpractice suit who blame a rare genetic condition for the disaster.
Yulia Tarasevich, 43, was a runner-up in the Mrs Russia-International beauty contest two years ago, but soon after decided to undergo a range of procedures at a clinic in Krasnodar, southern Russia.
‘I came to them with a beautiful healthy face,’ the woman told Russian media.
‘I just wanted to correct some nuances caused by ageing. But sadly, I lost my health.’
‘My eyes don’t close, and I can’t smile’
Yulia said she is unable to move large parts of her face or close her eyes despite having recovered from the surgery and having spent $27,000 in attempts to correct the issue, to no avail.
She has now filed a criminal complaint against the two doctors involved in her original operations, though they claim the complications arose as a result of a rare genetic defect.
She told Russian Channel 1: ‘I have scars that formed in my cheeks when they ripped out all my tissue.
‘My eyes don’t close, and I can’t smile.
‘I can’t lift my upper lip, and one part of my face doesn’t work at all.’
‘I went quietly to the operation, firstly, because all my tests were in order.
‘Secondly, because I had plastic surgery before this, I did rhinoplasty, and it went perfectly for me, without any genetic abnormalities.’
Is a rare genetic condition to blame?
Despite having spent upwards of $27,000 to try and undo the damages, the former Russian beauty queen concedes that there are more bills ahead.
Nevertheless any procedures will fall short of Tarasevich regaining her looks from before the surgery.
Yulia said she was forced to have an emergency follow-up procedure by another doctor to save her eyes from necrosis.
The surgeons involved in her original procedures – Andrey Komarov and Omar Khaled – claim that the beauty queen had a rare genetic condition – scleroderma – that it was impossible to predict and deny any responsibility for the botched procedure.
Scleroderma results in hard, thickened areas of skin and can sometimes cause problems with internal organs and blood vessels as the victim’s immune system attacks connective tissue under the skin.
But no evidence has come to light thus far to suggest that Yulia was suffering from this condition.
Surgeons say case has been exaggerated
‘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 meanwhile said the case had been ‘exaggerated’.
He and Dr Komarov are now under investigation for flouting laws on the ‘safety of life and health’, according to the Russian Investigative Committee.
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.’