Two weeks ago KTLA News brought you our exclusive investigation on PLASTIC SURGERY NIGHTMARES. In the report we met Amanda Carrier, a fitness and bikini model who was unhappy with her breast augmentation.
Amanda had won the procedure in a radio contest called "The Twelve Boobs of Christmas," but after the procedure Amanda found that her breasts sagged sideways.
Amanda ultimately received a corrective breast procedure from top Beverly Hills cosmetic surgeon doctor Marc Mani. It was a step that changed her life.
"With other girls I see their pictures they're so airbrushed in their chest because of their flaws and imperfections," Amanda told KTLA. "And with my pictures you really don't have to airbrush or touch up the photos to make my boobs look even because they're perfect!"
Single mom Tamara Jara saw our KTLA News Special Report. She also had a breast augmentation -- but her dream of beauty had turned into a nightmare.
"I have let myself go. I don't feel comfortable in my own skin," Tamara admits. "I feel ugly. I feel very insecure. I don't feel like a woman."
Why did Tamara have such a miserable experience? She conceded to us that she had shopped for the *lowest*-priced doctor she could find.
"The price was unbelievable!" Tamara exclaims. Though she saved a little money, she regrets it now.
We invited Tamara to visit Dr. Mani, to share her story. Tamara consulted with Dr. Mani, and told him that she had gone from a 34B bra size to a 36F, a drastic change that negatively impacted her self-image.
And even worse, Tamara admitted to Dr. Mani that prior to her surgery she had no idea what size implants she was getting.
"They just told me I'd find out the day of the surgery," Tamara recalls. "After the surgery, my girlfriend says Ta Mara, how many ccs are you? And I said I don't know."
Dr. Mani examined Tamara, and took some photos. He could see why Tamara is unhappy with her outcome.
"What we see with Tamara's implants is that the implants are way too big," Dr. Mani says. "It makes it hard for the patient to exercise, makes it hard to do everyday things, and just makes them bigger, so they kind of lose self-esteem sometimes when they're this large."
In addition to the size issue, Tamara's breasts are noticeably uneven.
"This implant's a little high, and this one's a little low," Dr. Mani says in examining Tamara.
Tamara tells Dr. Mani that her previous doctor seemed disinclined to remedy the situation, even when she returned to see him repeatedly with her concerns.
"They're uneven, one's smaller than the other one," Tamara recalls, "And he goes, 'Oh that's just too much work!'"
The experience has been devastating for Tamara.
"To me I thought, this is my body! And I trusted somebody with it," Tamara says, wiping away tears. "To me it sounded like they didn't care. And that's what hurt."
But there is some good news on the horizon. Dr. Mani says Tamara's problems can be fixed.
"In Tamara's case what I would do is something that I do fairly routinely in this situation," Dr. Mani explains. "I would do a breast lift and replace these implants with smaller implants. That gives me the opportunity to make the nipples more even, to make both breasts more perky, and really more importantly to take a lot of weight off her chest so it's easier for her to lead her life."
Once again the lesson learned -- for Tamara, for her family, and for any woman watching is -- you get what you pay for.
"I just want to make everybody understand that if there's something wrong, or if you have any problems, don't be afraid to ask questions," Tamara says. "See more than one doctor."Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times