Two glamorous sisters who were set to star in their own reality show run the clinic where a mother of three died from a botched Brazilian butt-lift operation.
Kim Kardashian lookalikes Caraline Douglas, 38, and Gina Korkmazer, 29, promote the Elite Aftercare clinic in Izmir, Turkey, it has emerged.
Ms Korkmazer is an former Miss Turkey and came third in a Miss Middle East contest in London in 2010.
Her sister Ms Douglas, listed as Elite’s finance director and sole shareholder, lives in Ickenham, North West London.
Caraline Douglas 38, and Gina Korkmazer, 29, run the clinic where Leah Cambridge died after a botched operation
A Range Rover and Merc were outside her £550,000 semi on Thursday.
They have both promoted the Turkish clinic in a series of media interviews, and were due to star in a documentary on their cosmetic surgery lifestyles, The Sun reports.
The publication claims they have already filmed scenes – but it is believed to have been scrapped in the wake of Miss Cambridge’s death.
A source told the paper: ‘This was going to be an international show.
‘They are very beautiful, glamorous women.
Dr Ali Uckan (right) operated on Leah Cambridge (left) at the Elite Aftercare clinic in Izmir Turkey where she later died
‘They look like the Kardashians and want to be like them.
‘Both of them have had some sort of surgery, including bum lifts and boob jobs.
‘This is going to hit them hard as they had several celebs on the books and lots of American clientele.’
Msd Korkmazer once said in a magazine article about the clinic: ‘We offer round-the-clock care before and after.
‘We’re really passionate about delivering a great service. Our reviews speak for themselves.’
Dr Ali Uckan said he ‘always’ makes implants as large as possible when asked by another patient
Miss Cambridge, 29, from Leeds, West Yorkshire, is believed to have suffered three heart attacks after her procedure.
Miss Cambridge’s partner Scott Franks, 31, said: ‘Leah was paranoid that she had excess weight from having three kids round her stomach.
‘I told her she was beautiful how she was but she really wanted it for her own confidence.
‘I didn’t think this would ever happen – or could happen to her.’
He believes Leah’s operation went wrong after fat was deposited into her blood stream and her oxygen levels dropped.
Miss Cambridge, who was a mother of three boys, is thought to have suffered complications very soon into the procedure. Doctors and nurses were unable to save her
He says she was brought back to stable but she then had three heart attacks.
More Britons were seen on the clinic’s premises on Thursday night as Elite confirmed it had not suspended operations — or surgeon Dr Ali Uckan who performed Leah’s fatal butt lift, the Sun reports.
The clinic is favoured by a string of celebrities, including Towie’s Lauren Goodger and Amber Dowding.
Earlier this week it emerged that the Turkish surgeon who carried out Miss Cambridge’s bottom lift told patients he makes bums ‘as big as I can’ .
Dr Ali Uckan was caught on camera by a documentary team saying ‘every time’ he makes the implant as large as possible, when asked a question over size by a patient.
Mr Franks, her partner for ten years, described her death as ‘like a nightmare’
Miss Cambridge’s partner Scott Franks, pictured together, left, has described his devastation at her loss. The mother of three (right) is thought to have suffered complications very soon after the procedure
He also said there are huge risks involved – and that a mistake is ‘life or death’.
He told a new documentary series made by Cherry Healey, the surgeon said: ‘I average two patients a day. The United Kingdom love BBL (Brazilian Butt Lift).
WHAT IS A BRAZILIAN BUTT LIFT?
A Brazilian Butt Lift uses fat transferred from other areas of the body, such as the love handles, hips or stomach, to provide patients with a fuller derriere.
Clinics report the procedure, which costs between £6,500 and £10,000, has seen more than a 50 per cent increase compared to five years ago.
The procedure’s nickname was coined in 1996 after Dr Leonard Grossman was filmed performing fat transfer surgery on a patient from Brazil.
The surgery takes anywhere from one to two hours to perform. The amount of downtime ranges from one to three weeks, plastic surgeons claim.
HOW IT WORKS:
1. Liposuction to remove fat from abdomen/hips/thighs
2. Fat is ‘processed’
3. Fat is injected into buttocks
- Upside-down heart, or ‘A-shape’: Much smaller waist and larger buttocks towards the bottom
- Round: emphasis on increasing the size of the butt, not pulling in the waist or thighs
HOW TO PREPARE:
- Don’t smoke (increases infection risk and blood clot risk)
- Don’t gain weight (when you lose it again, your butt will change)
RISK OF DEATH:
Higher than most operations – 20 in 100,000 compared with 1 in 100,000.
There are two major risk factors that can make a BBL fatal:
- Blood clots travel to lungs
- Accidental injection of fat to blood vessel
1. Don’t work for 10 days
2. Don’t sit for 6 weeks
3. Sleep on stomach
4. Final shape will take months or a year to form
‘In every surgery you have risks, like imbalance, bleeding, infection or clot. But if you just hit somewhere wrong and just rupture the internal organ….’
Asked whether the operation was a matter of ‘life and death’ he said ‘yes’.
The surgeon said he briefed the mother on the dangers, The Sun reported.
Dr Uckan said: ‘It is a scientific fact that undesirable and unpredictable risks are always present in this kind of surgery.’
After Miss Cambridge’s death her partner of 10 year Mr Franks paid tribute to her saying: ‘Leah was one in a million and I was so lucky to have her with me for ten years.
‘Two days ago I was happy – now I’m a broken man.
‘I know I’m moody and did her head in sometimes but I wouldn’t be where I am today without her is both guiding each other.
‘Leah wanted to get married and we def would of in next few years but instead I’m gonna have to plan a funeral.’
The so-called ‘Brazilian butt-lift’ procedure involves taking fat from the waist or the stomach and injecting it into the bottom.
It serves as an alternative to buttock augmentations using implants and is believed to offer a safer way of plumping your bottom due to the ‘natural’ fat used, which minimises the risk of silicon rejection.
Other reality stars to have had surgery there includes The Only Way is Essex star Georgia Kousoulou, who had a nose job there.
Ex on the Beach stars Zahida Allen and Kayleigh Morris, Laytesha Grace, who appeared on MTV show The Valleys, and Geordie Shore and Celebrity Big Brother contestant Marnie Simpson, also had operations at the clinic.
Jemma Lucy, who has appeared on Ex on the Beach and Celebrity Big Brother, revealed she had a Brazilian butt-lift there this year.
She wrote on Instagram: Thankyou so much to @elitecosmeticsurgery !! The only place in the world where I would get surgery and enhance myself.’
Elite said in a statement that it will co-operate fully with any probe into miss Cambridge’s death.
A spokesman added: ‘We strongly refute any allegation the company has flouted patient safety or that it is not responsibly run.’
He went on: ‘We have not identified any evidence of clinical negligence that would warrant either immediate suspension of the surgeon or surgical activities.’