Episode 7 - Back to the Clinic
Wednesday 27th May 2009, 8pm Channel 4
First up is Maria, who came to the clinic with a potentially life threatening weight problem. Although very young, Maria’s health was deteriorating so rapidly that a gastric band operation was carried out. Having reduced her stomach to the size of a walnut, Maria returned to the clinic to reveal that she had dropped over 4 stone in just 10 weeks. 8 months later, and Maria had dropped a further 4 stone, and been able to start work in a local hair salon.
53-year-old Christopher came to the clinic with a painful problem with his penis. Following a years treatment by a dermatologist, Christopher returned to the clinic with some good news for Dr Christian. Having been diagnosed with an atopic dermatitis, Christopher has responded well to treatment and now has ‘a normal penis’.
We next catch up with Emma, who had suffered for over a decade with facial hair growth. Following 6 rounds of lazer treatment on the problem hairs, Emma is finally feeling like a women again, with her confidence massively boosted.
In our first series we met Margaret, who was suffering from a prolapsed vagina. Extensive surgery was required to rebuild her vaginal wall, and following the operations success, Margaret returned to the clinic to share how things were progressing. With her life back on track, Margaret is now able to exercise and do all the things her prolapse had denied her.
Next up, Dr Dawn meets up with a patient that she first saw in the clinic in Magaluf. Marissa suffered with acne on her face and forehead, and despite 9-months of antibiotic treatment, she is still suffering from the dreaded spots. Dr Dawn suggest a course of photopneumatic therapy, where a lazer and a vacuum are used to loosen and extract dirt and excess oil from the skin. Following three courses of treatment, Marissa was feeling a lot happier.
Many people think that sunbathing is a cure for acne, but too much sun can be extremely dangerous, and in our Teenage Bodies series we investigated a growing problem of ‘tanorexia’ which had led 16-year-old Sammy Jo to spend far too much time on the sunbeds. On a revisit to the clinic, Sammy Jo has revealed her addiction has now switched to the bottle – but fortunately it’s a bottle of spray tan.
26 year-old David came to the clinic with a massive amount of excess skin that was leftover from his overweight teenage years. David underwent surgery to remove his man boobs, and the results have left him with not only a flat chest, but a new lease of life. After the success of this operation, David is considering the next stage of removal of his excess stomach skin as well…
And finally there was Charlotte, who at only 19 was suffering from an extreme case of excessive sweating. With other treatments not working, Charlotte was sent for a painful series of botox injections. 6-months on, the initial treatment has worn off, leaving Charlotte with a return trip to the clinic. Fortunately, the treatment works again, leaving Charlotte sweat free to pursue her dream of becoming cabin crew…
The EB team would like to thank:
Ms Angelica Kavouni, Cosmetic Surgeon, Cosmetic Solutions
Ruth Elizabeth Walts, Dermatologist Sk:n Clinic
Mr Raj Persad, Bristol Urology Associates
The Pathology Department at the Royal Bolton Hospital
The Nuffield Hospital, Cheltenham
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