After the publication of a first investigation by Le Parisien implicating the cosmetic surgeon Benjamin Azoulay, 7 new women, including a nurse, denounce “failed interventions”, with for some of them, “lifelong sequelae”. They are now 13 to break the silence.
Far from the glitter of reality TV, anonymous people free speech and listening on aesthetic interventions that have changed their lives in a permanent nightmare.
On May 5, 2022, The Parisian releases a first survey revealing that six patients “denounce, photos and medical examinations in support of the failed interventions of an inhuman doctor who operated in a trance”. Following the publication of their paper, the daily receives many testimonies from other victims of Benjamin Azoulay, surgeon to 58,000 subscribers on Instagram.
On May 13, 2022, seven other womenonce again, supporting photos and medical examinations, accuse in the columns of Parisianthe media doctor of interventions “failed”of “mutilations”sometimes “irreversible”.
For the first time, a nurse working alongside Dr. Benjamin Azoulay breaks the silence, in support of “these women, who sometimes put all their savings into the intervention”precise The Parisian.
A nurse from Azoulay surgeon finally testifies
The first to have broken the silence on the ” butcher’s shop “ they suffered from the surgeon are two reality TV celebrities: Emilie Amar and Luna Skye who entrusted, last May, to the Parisianhave been “hospitalized in serious condition”after injections carried out by the doctor Azoulay, to shape their buttocks. Four other brave women quickly denounced almost similar factsbut it seems that there are even more of them.
Joined today by seven new women, some are still waiting “to get better”ensures The Parisian, before speaking. However, many are those now ready to take legal actionwith Me Jean-Louis Saves, the lawyer for the two influencers:
“There will likely be talks. In any case, that’s what my clients hope for. If not, we will go to court. »
A first trial against the doctor Azoulay will begin at the end of May
At the end of May, Virginie, 34, will present herself for a first civil hearing at the Paris court in order to put Doctor Azoulay face to face with “his responsibilities” :
“I am living in hell three years after my rhinoplasty. This shouldn’t happen to other girls anymore. The doctors told me they were going to have to do a cartilage transplant. »
The dream operation at the price of 5,000 euroswhile this single mother from Seine-et-Marne earns only 1,700 euros per month, turned into a nightmare in 2019. While after the intervention, she fears having triggered an affection, she goes back to see doctor Azoulay, who prescribes a box of anxiolytic assuring her that she is worrying unnecessarily. She ends up going to an ENT:
“There he realized that Doctor Azoulay had forgotten the compresses… In my nose! I had them for five months, can you imagine? He had broken my nose so much that I was breathing and sleeping more and more badly. The operation destroyed me, she confides, in a trembling voice. I regret every day that I went to see him. »
Over time, Virginie’s nose sags and she plunges into a depressive state. Work stoppage, consultations with the psychiatrist… After meeting with four different surgeons in an attempt to “rebuild” Ring, Virginie realizes that she can’t even afford it anymore. Today, she demands justice and wants ” make someone pay “ the one who disfigured her.
Pillar and Aurélie also had consequences following their rhinoplasty at the hands of Doctor Azoulay. At the first, he welded the scar to the cartilage. And the second he deviated the nasal septum. Both today reveal have difficulty in ” breathe “often have the ” stuffy nose “, “almost no smell”.
Expedited interventions and no post-operative follow-up
There is also Laure, a 29-year-old Parisian, who decided in 2016 to redo her buttocks, and then turned to the “youngest plastic surgeon in France”. The first interview is brief, barely 10 minutes Benjamin Azoulay asks his patient to “Don’t go see the negative opinions about it on the internet, which came from frustrated people. »
Laure still plans her implant placement and liposuction. On D-Day, the surgeon is once again in a hurry and operates “immediately because he has a train to catch in the afternoon.” » The next days, Laure has a fever, no longer eats, and “balls” on his butt. Doctor Azoulay is on vacation, he sends her back to other colleagues, who refuse to take care of her. A surgeon ends up treating her.
“I had an infection. Over time, the scars opened up, they bled profusely. The right implant even turned over. »
Breach of medical secrecy
A year later, when she went to the clinic to have an explanation from the doctor Azoulay, she learns that he has been suspended for two years, one of which is suspended, by the Order of Physicians, for “violation of medical secrecy”. The social media star surgeon was caught in his own trap: he would have agreed to be filmed during several operations “without hiding” the face and the identity of the patients. In 2020, finally, she manages to confront him:
“He was odious! He blamed me! I burst into tears in his office. »
There is still Marine and Hilde, to whom the surgeon slaughtered the breasts. The first performs two mammoplasties, almost 10 years ago, in her hands:
“The first operation, my nipple protruded from the bra, the second, my breast was lower than the other. File a complaint? At the time, who would have given me reason in the face of a recognized and wealthy surgeon?
Hilda, she comes to the Parisian as being the former neighbor of the surgeon who saw him ” to grow “. In 2020, after three pregnancies, she entrusts him with her chest but finds him “oddly nervous”. Following the operation, pus develops, her breasts are covered in scars, and she has areola necrosis :
“The doctor had to operate on me again. But he has been unreachable for eight months. I regret trusting him blindly. »
Doctor Azoulay wants “independent expertise”
The Parisian contacted the media doctor who again claimed to work ” with heart and seriousness for more than a decade » :
“Many of my colleagues and patients can attest to the quality of my work. I operated on nearly 6,000 patients whom I accompanied and followed throughout the procedure of the surgical operation, from the first information meeting until today. »
Benjamin Azoulay who calls himself “very serene”defends himself on the lack of postoperative follow-up and ensures ” be contactable at all times in order to be able to act quickly in the event of complications”. Now he wants “that an independent expertise can shed light on this affair” :
“This procedure will allow me to get out of medical secrecy and to determine if I have any responsibilities and committed certain shortcomings. My counsel is instructed to sue for defamation those who damage my reputation. publicly without any verification or expertise confirming their accusations. »
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