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Surgeon left my eyes sore, itchy and red
John McGill's surgery only took 25 minutes
The government is announcing reforms to toughen up regulation of the cosmetic operation industry in England.

With aesthetic plastic surgery becoming more popular than ever, one man tells us how his surgery went terribly wrong.

John McGill had been assured the eyelid surgery was simple and would not take long.

After 25 minutes in the operating chair, he was walking out of the door.

It was only when he got home that things started to go wrong.

Mr McGill, 52, from Cambridgeshire, who had the surgery to remove a lump from above his right eye, said: "There was a lot of swelling and my eyes were sore, itchy and very red.

It is just unbelievable surgeons are able to operate like this
John McGill

"With just the slightest breeze, they would start watering. I went back to the clinic and the surgeon just said to give it time but matters didn't improve."

Some 18 months after the operation in 1997, Mr McGill saw an eye specialist at a Norfolk hospital who told him too much skin had been removed from his lower eyelids in the 1,500 operation, called a blepharoplasty.

He underwent two operations on the NHS to correct it and took legal action against the surgeon who had originally operated on him.

The case was eventually settled out of court after mediation last year for a six-figure sum, Mr McGill said.

"It was such a painful experience from start to finish and the system does not help the patient at all. My case dragged on for so long - it is weighted in favour of the doctor," he said.

"It seems the government is beginning to act but it is too late. It is just unbelievable surgeons are able to operate like this. The clinic I went to was a well respected high street outlet, not a back street job.

"But I've subsequently found out that the operation should have taken two hours and been done under general anaesthetic, not local anaesthetic as I had."


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