A Botox customer felt like she was ‘burned with a cigarette end’ and looked’ 50 years older’ after ‘bogus’ treatment by a cosmetic doctor.
Marcelle King, 62, said she was told ‘no pain, no gain’ when she complained to Ozan Melin, about her agony following a procedure.
Despite her doctor’s alleged indifference, Mrs King was later rushed to hospital after suffering anaphylactic shock.
Marcelle King (left, at Bournemouth Crown Court), 62, said she was told ‘no pain, no gain’ when she complained to Ozan Melin (right outside court), about her agony following a botox procedure
The patient, who paid Melin hundreds of pounds for Botox treatment on her ‘jowls and brows’, is one of three middle-aged women the cosmetic surgeon is accused of causing grievous bodily harm to.
Melin, 41, claimed he had been trained in Botox in America when in fact he had no medical qualifications and was not registered with the General Medical Council, Bournemouth Crown Court heard.
He is said to have acted recklessly by using undiluted ‘fake’ Botox solution that was described by a forensic plastic surgeon as ‘an extremely dangerous substance’.
Another woman, Jozette Sheppard, was left unable to ‘eat, speak or smile’ for six months after being treated by Melin.
Mrs King, a dog behaviourist from Poole in Dorset, saw Melin in July 2013 at a beauticians’ salon in Poole.
She said she had expected him to use fine needles like she had seen in photographs and was surprised when the one he used on her was like a ‘canine vaccination needle’.
Menin (right) and his wife, Lisa Bolster (left) both deny fraud charges. Pictured, both outside Bournemouth Crown Court earlier in their trial
Mrs King, who was 58 at the time of the treatment, said: ‘He arrived with a big needle case and I said ‘you are going to use those fine needles I have seen in photos?
‘He held up what looked to me like a canine vaccination needle and said ”these are better”.
‘I just really accepted that was how it happens.
‘I asked for my jowls to be done. I don’t know how many injections there were but it was a lot, it was all done quite quick, probably less than a minute.
‘It was very painful, I think at that point he said ”no pain, no gain”.’
Mrs King had a second follow-up session with Melin on July 22.
Bolster, who denies three counts of fraud, arrives at Bournemouth Crown Court today
She said: ‘The second injections were twice as painful. It felt like being burnt with a cigarette end.
‘When I got in my car I noticed my head was starting to swell.
‘When I got home my husband was pulling horrible faces – I started to get lots of blisters and my face started swelling outwards.
‘I had burn blisters all around my eyes, I couldn’t see out of my eyes. I was having trouble moving my neck and wheezing.’
In a text message Menin’s wife, Lisa Bolster, told Mrs King she had ‘never seen a reaction as bad as yours’.
Mrs King texted on July 26: ‘I look 50 years older. Booey hooey :(‘.’
Mrs King said after the pain and swelling went down she suffered extreme fatigue for a year.
In 2014 after Mrs King went to the police, officers raided Bolster’s home in Lytchett Matravers, near Poole, and found nine glass vials labelled ‘Botox’ in her freezer.
She said: ‘I thought he was a doctor, I would never have had it done otherwise. I had no reason not to believe him.’
The company responsible for making Botox – Allergan Ltd – tested the substances in the vials and found they were counterfeit.
Melin, from Uxbridge, Middlesex, ran a mobile clinic called The Smooth Face Botox Company and carried out treatments at beauty salons and customers’ homes.
He denies three counts of causing grievous bodily harm and three charges of fraud.
Bolster, 51, has pleaded not guilty to three counts of fraud and one of unauthorised use of a trademark.
The trial continues.
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