Hoping to have a more feminine look by getting cheek fillers,
Jerson Trujillo was horrified when his face started rotting following botched
plastic surgery by a fake doctor.
The surgery took place four years ago but since then he’s
undergone four more painful operations to try to repair the damage.
The 28-year-old from Neiva in southwestern Colombia says he
was operated on by a woman posing as a surgeon.
The fake doctor told him she’d inject a liquid into his
cheekbones to give them more volume, a plan he went along with.
“Naively I wasn’t aware of what they’d put in my body.”
But the problems didn’t start until he went for a
moisturising treatment after the operation. The moisturiser reacted badly with
the substance that had been injected into his cheeks.
“When this other girl did the procedure she injected some
oils into my face and those oils made a fusion with the polymer that I already
had in my face.”
Three months after the moisturising treatment he began to
“I started to get granulomas in my face. It became all red,
hot . . . My face was destroyed, rotten; pus came out, rotting out of my face.”
Jerson says he now has around 50 or 60% of the face he began
with and after four corrective operations faces at least two more.
There was no word in Colombian media reports on whether the
rogue doctor who performed the original procedure had been tracked down and
The Colombian Institute of Forensic Medicine says 13 people
died as a direct result of cosmetic surgery procedures in 2015 and 30 in 2016.
“Don’t become the victim of crime. Always look for a qualified
plastic surgeon,” said a spokesperson for the Colombian Society of Plastic,
Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery.