Many people find the topic of plastic surgery to be both fascinating and contentious. It comprises a range of techniques, from those that promote self-confidence to those that aid in healing. But occasionally, such treatments drastically alter a person to the point where they are no longer recognisable.
Users on social media were astounded by the before and after pictures that a cosmetic surgeon posted.
It has become fairly normal to see these transforming photographs on social media as the use of cosmetic surgery increases and technical developments continue.
However, a Turkish surgeon has left people astonished by presenting what he claims are the outcomes of multiple surgeries carried out over a span of two years. In the “before” photo, we see a 68-year-old woman wearing a purple headscarf, displaying her natural appearance, which exhibited the usual signs of aging you’d expect to see in a woman of her age.
But when we move on to the “after” picture, supposedly taken after several surgeries, the woman appears to have shed more than two decades from her facial appearance. To be honest, she looks like an entirely different person, although she’s still wearing the same purple headscarf.
Sharing the images on Instagram, the surgeon penned, “Our lovely patient Miss Dilek after two years of rhinoplasty, face lift and blepharoplasty surgeries. I await your comments.”
He didn’t have to wait very long because lots of people commented on the post. People were surprised and couldn’t believe what they were looking at.
One person said: “I definitely must say this is the best transformation I have ever seen to date.”
Another wrote: “She was born again, literally.”
While a third added: “Wow that’s crazy. She looks 20 years younger. The rhinoplasty result is really good. Lip filler for sure. But you can still tell it’s her.” I personally think her own family would struggle to recognise her, but each to their own.
But there were people who didn’t believe the pictures were real.
Another Instagram user said: “Of all the things that never happened, this never happened the most.”
A fellow-non-believer asked: “It’s like mother and daughter, incredible, is this real?”
“This has to be two different people,” another person stated.
Some individuals also observed that the woman’s eye colour seemed to have shifted between the two photos. However, they were reminded that coloured contact lenses do exist, which can alter eye colour.
Turkey has surged to the forefront of global medical tourism, particularly in the realm of plastic surgery. The country’s strategic location at the crossroads of Europe and Asia has facilitated its popularity, attracting patients from various corners of the world.
According to Clinic Spots, more than 100,000 people come to Turkey for plastic surgeries like rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty, tummy tuck, breast reduction, gynecomastia, otoplasty, neck lift, forehead reduction, chin implants, lip fillers, breast lift, breast implants, and more, annually.
Moreover, the Southeastern European country is particularly popular amongst patients, as the cost of surgeries is one-third of the cost of the same in western countries.
Data from the Turkish Ministry of Tourism shows that the majority of international patients originate from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, and France.
For those contemplating surgery abroad, the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (The BAAPS) advises people to think thoroughly before making any choices.