Beauty Queen Left Unable To Close Her Eyes Or Smile After Botched Facelift

A Russian beauty queen was left unable to smile or even close her eyes after a facelift surgery went very badly wrong. Yulia Tarasevich, 43, was the runner-up in the Mrs. Russia-International competition in 2020 but was left “disfigured” after a botched facelift, blepharoplasty, and mini-liposuction procedure, the Daily Mail reports. She has since filed a lawsuit against the two doctors who performed the surgeries.

  1. Tarasevich went to what she thought was a well-respected clinic in Krasnodar, southern Russia. While there, she got three surgeries done for roughly £5,000 but was concerned when her face became extremely swollen and inflamed. “I came to them with a beautiful healthy face,” she said. “I just wanted to correct some nuances caused by aging. But sadly, I lost my health.”
  2. Things went very badly wrong for Tarasevich. She’s still unable to move large parts of her face and can’t close her eyes even though the surgeries were months ago and she should be fully recovered by now. Since then, she’s also spent an additional $30,000 on corrective procedures, which haven’t been very successful.
  3. The surgeons claim Tarasevich has a genetic defect. Instead of admitting any wrongdoing, the two doctors targeted by Tarasevich’s lawsuit, Andrey Komarov and Omar Khaled, claim that everything that went wrong is down to a genetic defect known as scleroderma they claimed Tarasevich must have despite having no evidence of this whatsoever.
  4. Tarasevich denies their claims and insists previous procedures went fine. “I have scars that formed in my cheeks when they ripped out all my tissue. My eyes don’t close, and I can’t smile,” she lamented. “I can’t lift my upper lip, and one part of my face doesn’t work at all. I went quietly to the operation, firstly, because all my tests were in order. Secondly, because I had plastic surgery before this, I did rhinoplasty, and it went perfectly for me, without any genetic abnormalities.”
  5. The doctors are now under investigation by the Russian Investigative Committee. They’re being investigated for flouting the laws on “safety of life and health.” As Committee spokeswoman Anna Pushkina said: “A forensic medical examination has been appointed to determine the severity of the harm to health, and other patients who could have suffered from poor-quality services in this clinic are also being identified. The investigation of the criminal case is ongoing.”
Jennifer has been the managing editor of Bolde since its launch in 2014. Before that, she was the founding editor of HelloGiggles and also worked as an entertainment writer for Bustle and Digital Spy. Her work has been published in Bon Appetit, Decider, Vanity Fair, The New York TImes, and many more.