A woman splashed out £500 in a bid to banish her double chin – but the treatment left her looking like an "old chicken."

Jayne Bowman wanted to do something to aid the look of her chin after she shed the pounds.

When she found out a simple procedure could solve the problem, she decided to give it a go, but said she wouldn’t have gone under the knife until she was convinced that the non-surgical procedure was the answer to her problem.

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Now the 59-year-old, from Hampshire, who doesn’t work due to illness, has warned people how dangerous the treatment can be after it left her a “recluse” with a neck that resembled an “old chicken”.

She coughed up £500 for a fibroblast plasma treatment that works to tighten the skin, but the treatment left her with hundreds of huge unpleasant-looking red scars.

It came as a huge shock to Jayne as she found the therapist on social media, and was encouraged to give it a whirl thanks to the amazing reviews she had.

Jayne said: “I wish I still had my saggy neck – it was better than what I have been left with.

"This botched beauty treatment has left me in agony. It was so painful – it burned like hell.

“I told the therapist I was in agony but she didn’t seem bothered. She said she had to carry on or it wouldn’t work.”

After the treatment Jayne covered her neck in cream to try and aid the burning but her chest, neck and face became covered in unattractive brown dots.

Due to this she called her therapist straight away, and was offered "light therapy" and "microneedling", but nothing seemed to aid the scars.

Being left furious, Jayne demanded the therapist’s insurance details, but was allegedly fobbed off, having been told: “I’m sorry I can’t remember them.”

Around 79% of practitioners reported to Save Face in 2020 were thought to be uninsured due to the fact that it's not a legal requirement.

“I don’t want to go out anymore,” Jayne said.

“I’m a recluse because I don’t want people to see my horrible scars. They look so ugly.

"I am so angry. This has affected my life in so many ways. I just wish I had left my double chin alone.”

It's said that non-surgical procedures have really taken off in Britain in recent years, as people have been offered “lunch break nose jobs” and “no downtime tummy tucks”, which has helped to attract clients.

But there are so many unregistered beauticians performing laser, fillers and Botox that such complaints aren't proving to be that rare.

A new law is set to make it illegal to inject fillers and Botox without a licence, but experts claim the government need ensure existing legislation is adhered to in the meantime.

Ashton Collins, director of Save Face, who help people lodge complaints and have a government-approved register of clinicians, said: “The existing regulatory framework is flawed and is not enforced.

“There are laws in place currently that ought to safeguard the public from being injected with unlicensed medicines or given Botox injections without a valid prescription, but both issues are rampant and not enough is being done by the regulators to stop it.

“When it comes to training and insurance, we’ve investigated a lot of people who just lie, mocking up certificates on their computers, then hanging them on the wall.

“The public have no means of proving whether they’re genuine or bogus. You can be as cautious as you want, but you are at risk. So my advice would be to use the Save Face register to find a safe treatment.”

In the last six years, Save Face has received nearly 8,000 complaints but, despite this, only one complaint has led to a criminal conviction against the practitioner.

Ashton added: “I think there’s definitely a perception these are silly women who are having treatments out of vanity.

"It’s a ‘trivial thing’ and the authorities don’t think it warrants as much attention as any other form of assault.

“But the psychological impact it has on people’s lives, the number of lost jobs, relationships and friendships I’ve seen is immeasurable.

"People underestimate the very real consequences of a cosmetic procedure gone wrong.”


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