Pictures show a woman who was left with ‘a neck like a lizard’ following a botched £500 cosmetic procedure.
Jayne Bowman says she ‘can’t bear’ going outside anymore after her neck was left bright red with hundreds of scars.
The 59-year-old, from Hampshire, says she is trapped in a ‘living nightmare’ and ‘wants justice’ for the bungled procedure.
But she says solicitors have ditched her case and police have ‘ordered her to stop harassing the beautician’.
‘I don’t go out without a scarf on. In fact, I don’t like going out at all, I’d rather go out in the rain where I’ve got a hood up and nobody can see me’, she said.
‘I’m not slating all beauticians because they’re not all the same, but there are many of them out there that are bad. Stick to professional people.’
Jayne started researching procedures when weight loss left her with ‘an ugly double chin’.
‘I was so proud of my recent weight loss, but I’d been left with excess skin that had left me with an unsightly double chin and I hated it’, she said.
After she appealed on Facebook for a good Botox clinic, a beauty therapist messaged to say she could offer a treatment called fibroblast plasma.
The aesthetic procedure that tightens skin is described as an alternative to laser, injections, or surgery.
Jayne decided to go for it after seeing the beautician’s page had ‘great reviews and all the qualifications’ – but she ended up regretting her choice.
‘When I got home my neck felt like it was on fire. Weeks later there was no change at all apart from horrible scarring’, she said.
‘I had hundreds of brow dots all over my chest and chest. I looked like a lizard. All I was left with was unsightly red dots all over my neck.’
Devastated by her experience, Jayne turned to to a solicitor to explore her legal options, but after a consultation, they said they couldn’t go any further.
She left a stinging review for the offending beautician on Facebook – but that back-fired.
‘Before long I was contacted by the police saying I’d been harassing the beautician. I was utterly astonished’, she said.
‘But I knew I was in the right when the other people messaged to say that the same had happened to them.’
Jayne is now fighting for stricter regulations in the beauty industry and has launched a Change petition.
‘I am not after money, I just want justice for being butchered at the beauticians. It honestly has been a living nightmare and I am living with the scars to prove it’, she said.
A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson has commented on the case, saying: ‘Anyone considering a cosmetic procedure should take the time to find a reputable, safe and qualified practitioner and consider the potential impact of surgery on both their physical and mental health.
‘Patient safety must always come first, which is why we are considering whether there needs to be more clarity around how treatments are classified and stronger, more robust safeguards for the regulation of providers of these treatments.’
Metro.co.uk has contacted Hampshire Constabulary for comment.
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