This young woman knew she’s gotten more than she bargained for when the tissue in her breasts started to rot and smell like dying flesh after a disastrous breast reduction.
In a preview clip for Monday night’s episode of the E! reality series Botched, Esmeralda describes how she was left with a ‘hole’ in each of her breasts after her doctor spent six months cutting out the necrotizing flesh.
‘I’ve seen a lot of breast reductions, and I’ve seen a lot of complications from them, but this is the worst complication from a breast reduction I have ever seen,’ Dr. Terry Dubrow admits.
During her consultation with Dr. Dubrow and his partner Dr. Paul Nassif, she explains that she decided to have a breast reduction at the age of 18 because her DDD breasts were causing her back pain.
Esmeralda, who was joined by her mother and sister, says she started to get alarmed shortly after her surgery when she started to smell something rotting.
‘The smell was coming through my shirt. That’s when I started to panic,’ she recalls. ‘I feel like we know what a dead body smells like now.’
‘The tissue looked like it was dying,’ her mom adds.
Esmeralda says her doctor assured her that they ‘can fix this,’ and each time she saw him, he would cut ‘deeper and deeper’ into her flesh to remove the dead skin.
‘For six months, I would go up to see him up to three times a week just so he could cut off the dead skin until it turned [into] like flesh, open flesh, but it was deep,’ she explains.
‘He never sent you to a wound care centre?’ Dr. Dubrow asks Esmeralda, who confirmed that her original doctor had only treated her himself.
Dr. Dubrow was appalled by her first doctor’s lackadaisical approach to removing the dying tissue, saying he had wasted precious time.
‘If you have tissue necrosis and tissue loss, and you need to treat it by surgical removal, you have to do it very aggressively and very quickly,’ he says in his testimonial.
‘Otherwise, if you’re behind the 8-ball, the last thing that breast is going to be shaped like, is a billiard ball.’
The latest Botched boob job patient comes after another woman appeared on the show to fix her chest, having undergone implant surgery that left her with ‘three breasts’.
Sandra, a mother-of-three from California, called herself ‘the three boobed lady’ after botched surgery left her with misshapen breasts, which doctors Dubrow and Nassif were thankfully able to repair during surgery.