Story By: Feza Uzay, Sub-Editor: Marija Stojkoska, Agency: Newsflash
A hairdresser and a beautician are facing up to six years in jail after this beautiful Bulgarian model complained that her life was ruined after undergoing a spider web face lift at their salon in Turkey.
Model Tatyana Toleva, 36, claims she underwent the botched procedure in 2017 and has been fighting for justice ever since.
But in a bizarre twist, the hairdressers claim they do not even remember her and even if she were there, they have never performed or even offered the operation they are accused of botching.
Tatyana said she went to the unnamed hairdressing salon owned by siblings Davut Ilig and Melahat Ilig in the district of Fatih in the Turkish city of Istanbul in February 2017.
According to the prosecutor’s indictment, Tatyana underwent the spider web treatment to her face, for which she paid TRY 6,000 (GBP 331).
The treatment is an aesthetic non-surgical procedure that includes a face lift to make the skin look younger.
It involves ultra-fine threads being placed into lower tissue of the skin using a needle in order to pull the sagging skin into place and remove the signs of ageing.
It is usually a painless and short procedure carried out without surgery or general anaesthesia and has the advantage of bringing immediate effect.
It is generally regarded as simple and low-risk, if carried out by a qualified medical doctor.
However, in Tatyana’s case, the treatment was not successful and, as can be seen in the photographs, her face was seriously damaged, for which she has had to undergo a series of operations, which have still not fixed the damage.
During the hearing that took place recently, the defendant Davut denied the accusations and added: “I have been a hairdresser for 25 years. I have 20 insured employees. We have never had a similar problem before.
“There is absolutely no treatment called ‘spider web’ in my hairdressing shop. My job is all about hair. This person had some skincare procedures done before and then she went to a solarium. The incident did not happen at my shop.”
Davut’s sister Melahat told the court she is a retired nurse and added: “I have a certificate given by the Ministry of National Education. I started to provide skincare and solarium services on the third floor of the same building where my brother’s hairdressing shop is located.
“I did nothing other than skincare. The ‘spider web’ procedure that was mentioned by the complainant is not something that was included in what I did.
“I have never done that procedure. I also do not remember the complainant herself. I think the complainant has slandered me. I absolutely do not accept the accusations. I am a nurse with 30 years of experience, I took an oath to help people.”
Both defendants are charged with the crimes of ‘causing injury through negligence’ and ‘treating patients without a diploma’. The prosecutor demanded that they be punished with up to six years’ imprisonment.
The court adjourned the hearing, giving the defendant’s lawyers time to submit all their evidence to the court.
It is unclear when the next hearing will take place.