‘I almost died during an 18,000 pound liposuction in Turkey to remove 5th fat, but I have no regrets’

Despite the fact that he could have died during his mega liposuction and tummy tuck surgery, where he lost over 35 kg in fat in a few hours, Chad Teixeira is crazy about his transformation and says he has no regrets.

Back in March, when Turkey was still on the red list and Chad, 26, was stuck in his Mayfair home, he finally took the plunge and booked himself in for the intense surgery of a Turkish surgeon.

Three days and 18,000 pounds later he had landed in Turkey and was ready to go under the knife.

“I basically decided to book this on a kind of whirlwind, in the middle of the pandemic lockdown last year,” Chad said.

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'I'm so happy.  It has done wonders for my confidence, wonders for the way I look.  I feel great. '
‘I’m so happy. It has done wonders for my confidence, wonders for the way I look. I feel great. ‘

“I was stuck in the house and felt so negative. I did not like the way I looked, did not like anything.

“So I ordered it, a combined surgery that has never really been done before: I had mega lipo, it’s like normal lipo, but they removed crazy amounts at once, and I got a tummy tuck, all of it.”

Chad spent 18,000 pounds on his surgery, in which 18 liters of fat were removed from his body – more than three times what British plastic surgeons would consider safe to do at once.

The rest of the weight that he lost was from all the excess skin that was removed in the tummy tuck.

“I contacted an operation on Harley Street and said, ‘Can you do that?’, But his response was that for the size I had, it was actually unsafe to do that,” Chad said.

“They said they could only make lipo, and for the amount of fat I could get removed in Turkey, I would have to have five sessions six months apart in the UK at £ 8,000 to £ 10,000 per session.”

Before his surgery, Chad weighed 160 kg (25 stones) and hated the way he looked
Before his surgery, Chad weighed 160 kg (25 stones) and hated the way he looked

Despite warnings from British professionals, Chad said the part he was most afraid of actually went under general anesthesia.

“I was actually s *** end myself over going under, but that was the easiest part because I slept, it was the best sleep I’ve ever had,” he said.

“It was waking up in the wake and recovery after the surgery that was actually the hardest part, it was awful.”

Chad said that due to the amount of fat that was removed from his body, it swelled up to twice the size before surgery.

He was beaten all over the place and looked like he had “been in a fight with 12 people beating [him]”, and every day for two months he was to have lymphatic drainage massage.

He also found out afterwards how dangerous the operation was: he had to have two complete blood transfusions.

Chad's entire body was swollen and bruised after the operation
Chad’s entire body was swollen and bruised after the operation

“After the surgery, it all came ‘risking my life’ – I had two complete blood transfusions,” he said.

“Normal blood transfusions, to literally replace the blood of an entire human being throughout their body, are about eight bags [of blood], and in total, after the operation, they gave me 14 bags of blood.

“So I almost replaced the blood all over my body twice.”

Despite this inherent risk, Chad has no regrets: “But then again, I’m alive, thank God – I mean, I’m going back for more.

“I need to have a round two lipo, and I need an arm lift, which is like a tummy tuck for your arms, to get rid of your bingo wings. I just ordered it, in fact, I’m leaving this month.”

Before he underwent surgery, Chad says he hated the way he looked, and despite going through at least 40 personal trainers and trying “every bloody diet there is,” he could not move the weight he wanted to lose.

Chad during the operation
Chad during the operation

He weighed 160 kg (25 stones) before the liposuction, and he now weighs 95 kg (15 stones), thanks to both the surgery and the lifestyle changes he has made since.

“You can get into a pretty negative area, especially with the current world and social media,” Chad said.

“Where I live in Mayfair, there is so much pressure from people we know as a family, people I socialize with, to always be at your best and look your best.

“[Also] people look at celebrities and think, ‘Oh my god, we’re in love with them’, and think they have the body, they look the perfect way, and I think that can be really harmful, [it] hurts people who try to strive to be something that may not actually be possible. “

Chad has transformed his life and health after his surgery by drinking far less alcohol than he used to and making healthier food choices.

He is also making progress in the gym and he finds it much easier to work to keep the weight off and feel progress now that the fat has been removed.

All the excess skin removed from Chad's body
All the excess skin removed from Chad’s body

“It’s a quick fix, but just because you had lipo does not mean it’s going to stick with it in the long run,” he said.

“I think it has changed my mindset about how much I drink, what I eat.

“I’m so happy. It’s done wonders for my confidence, wonders for the way I look. I feel great. So happy I did.”

When asked about the safety of surgeries like Chads, which cannot be performed in the UK due to safety concerns, plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Banwell: “There are significant safety issues associated with massive liposuction and a very high risk of complications and even death. Our national associations rightly want to protect patients and safety is paramount.

“I know many people are tempted to go abroad for plastic surgery because it may be cheaper, but I would urge anyone considering this to exercise caution.

“Although there are many good surgeons abroad, it may prove more difficult to research the surgeon’s qualifications and experience abroad, and no surgery is risk-free.

Chad after the surgery, which he says has "done wonders for my confidence"
Chad after the operation, which he says has “done wonders for my self-confidence”

“If you have complications after an operation in the UK, it is the surgeon’s responsibility to provide follow – up treatment, in other countries this may not be the case. Similarly, the standard of care may not be as good as in the UK.”

He continued: “It is important that you do your research when it comes to any kind of cosmetic surgery or aesthetic procedures. In addition to checking if your surgeon is qualified and registered, it is also a good idea to research their experience and specialty. …

“It makes sense to choose a general practitioner who regularly performs this type of surgery, and it is important to ensure that you feel comfortable with your surgeon and make sure they are appropriately qualified.”

Dr. Banwell also urged anyone considering surgery to make sure they do so “for the right reasons”.

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He said: “Unrealistic expectations of beauty ideals (especially because of Instagram and highly filtered images) promote the pressure for young adults to have surgery.

“There is now a ‘look’ that teenagers feel they have to adhere to, and thanks to celebrities and social media, cosmetic surgery has been normalized.

“I would always advise patients not to do this to keep up with beauty ideals they have picked up from Instagram, or to simply look better on their Instagram feed and also to be wary of recommendations on social media.

“If you find your surgeon through social media, take the time to look at their background. Remember that before / after images can be processed or filtered.”

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