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Jo Hemmings sues Harley Street cosmetic surgeon for £35,000

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A TV psychologist who had a cosmetic facelift by a top Harley Street surgeon is suing him for £35,000 claiming she was left with ‘scars and a pixie ear’.

Dating and behaviour expert Jo Hemmings, who regularly appears on Good Morning Britain, claims she has been left with an ‘elf-like ear’ following ‘negligent aftercare’ after going under the knife with cosmetic surgeon Peter Cumbo.

Dr Cumbo, who normally practises out of Harley Street, has worked on celebrities including Linda Nolan who unveiled her facelift on Loose Women.

But Ms Hemmings, 66, who has contributed to reality TV shows such as Big Brother and Married At First Sight, claims she was left disfigured after having surgery.

She insists that negligent aftercare at the Wimpole Clinic – including a ‘too tight’ bandage – led to her being left with scars and a ‘deformed’ ‘pixie ear’ in December 2016.

She is suing the surgeon for £35,000 in compensation, but he vehemently denies all the claims.

Jo Hemmings, 66, (pictured) who had a cosmetic facelift by a top Harley Street surgeon is suing him for £35,000 after she was left with'scars and a pixie ear'

Jo Hemmings, 66, (pictured) who had a cosmetic facelift by a top Harley Street surgeon is suing him for £35,000 after she was left with ‘scars and a pixie ear’

Peter Cumbo, who has been practising for 23 years, established a global reputation as a leader in his field and has worked the faces of Maureen and Linda Nolan after they separately unveiled their facelifts on Loose Women

Peter Cumbo, who has been practising for 23 years, established a global reputation as a leader in his field and has worked the faces of Maureen and Linda Nolan after they separately unveiled their facelifts on Loose Women

What are pixie ear deformities, and how can they be corrected?

Pixie ears refers to when the earlobe merges onto the skin on the face. 

The stretched earlobe then makes the person appear as if they are a pixie. 

This can be something you are born with, can be caused by wound contraction, or more commonly caused by a procedure which has been performed badly or incorrectly. 

The pixie ear will develop as a result of too much tension in the skin, which was sometimes the result of older-style facelifts.

Can you have a pixie ear corrected? 

One of the more common methods is a minimally invasive technique. 

This involves removing the existing scar which was as a result of a facelift, which then allows the earlobe to be repositioned into its correct position. 

The procedure may take between 40 to 60 minutes to complete.

Source: Centre For Surgery 

An author of seven books, Ms Hemmings is often consulted for her insights on celebrity relationships, including commenting on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their interplay with the royal family.

She also advises reality TV producers and contestants, and has spoken out about the need to provide participants with strong psychological support.

According to documents filed at Central London County Court, Ms Hemmings opted for a face and neck lift at the hands of Dr Cumbo in 2016, wishing to look her best under the glare of the studio lights.

The operation was performed in London’s prestigious Harley Street and Ms Hemmings makes no complaint about the actual surgery performed by Dr Cumbo.

But her legal team say that negligent aftercare caused serious problems.

Her lawyers say a compression bandage was applied to her head far too tightly after the procedure, disastrously depleting the blood supply to local skin areas.

Ms Hemmings suffered scarring in the middle of her neck caused by the bandage – as well as scars beside both ears, she says.

On top of that, her injuries resulted in a webbing effect between her right earlobe and her cheek known as ‘Pixie ear deformity’ – in which the earlobe merges into the skin of the face.

She also had to cope with sensory loss and recurring tingling, plus a ‘prolonged period of intense pain’.

Ms Hemmings’ barrister, Rory Badenoch, says the alleged botched bandaging took a particularly heavy toll due to her TV profile.

‘The impact of these injuries is exacerbated by the fact that she is a TV personality whose looks are important to her career as a TV psychologist,’ he says.

‘Indeed it was for this very reason that she sought to undergo cosmetic surgery in the first place.’

An example of'pixie ear' deformity (file image)

An example of'pixie ear' deformity (file image)

Pixie ears (left and right) refers to when the earlobe merges onto the skin on the face (file image)

Ms Hemmings is often consulted for her insights on celebrity relationships, including commenting on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their interplay with the royal family

Ms Hemmings is often consulted for her insights on celebrity relationships, including commenting on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their interplay with the royal family

Ms Hemmings is often consulted for her insights on celebrity relationships, including commenting on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their interplay with the royal family

Dr Cumbo, who normally practises out of Harley Street, has worked on celebrities including Linda Nolan who unveiled her facelift on Loose Women

Dr Cumbo, who normally practises out of Harley Street, has worked on celebrities including Linda Nolan who unveiled her facelift on Loose Women

Ms Hemmings claims Dr Cumbo shouldn’t have allowed her to leave surgery with such tight bandages. 

The day after departing the clinic with compression bandages wrapped round her head and neck, her left eye grew inflamed and her face swelled up as the bandages became ‘tighter and tighter’ causing pain which was acute behind her left ear, she says.

She claims that despite texting with complaints about her symptoms, the medic failed to urge her to remove or loosen her bandage until two days after surgery, simply advising her to apply an ice pack.

Eleven days later, she had her dressings changed at the clinic, but Ms Hemmings’ lawyers say this was done ‘unsupervised’ by an ‘untrained and unqualified’ trainee.

Ms Hemmings insists that negligent aftercare at the Wimpole Clinic (pictured) - including a'too tight' bandage - led to her being left with scars and a'deformed''pixie ear' in December 2016

Ms Hemmings insists that negligent aftercare at the Wimpole Clinic (pictured) – including a ‘too tight’ bandage – led to her being left with scars and a ‘deformed’ ‘pixie ear’ in December 2016

The case brought by Ms Hemmings, who is also consultant psychologist on Channel 4's Steph's Packed Lunch, reached Central London County Court in a brief pre-trial hearing before Judge Richard Roberts last week

The case brought by Ms Hemmings, who is also consultant psychologist on Channel 4’s Steph’s Packed Lunch, reached Central London County Court in a brief pre-trial hearing before Judge Richard Roberts last week

Her lawyers claim the ‘excessive external pressure of the compression bandage’ reduced the blood flow to the skin flap edges leading to the death of skin tissue or ‘necrosis’.

Her counsel, Mr Badenoch, blamed her injuries on an over-tight compression bandage and claimed the surgeon later ‘delegated clinical care including the changing of dressings and examination of the wounds to an untrained and unqualified person’.

He said evidence suggested the compression bandage may even have been applied by a former receptionist at the clinic whom he termed a ‘non-medically trained member of staff’.

But Dr Cumbo has brushed aside those claims, insisting the compression bandage would have been tied on by his scrub nurse ‘under his supervision and in line with his usual practice’.

He said evidence suggested the compression bandage may even have been applied by a former receptionist at the clinic whom he termed a ‘non-medically trained member of staff’.

Ms Hemmings pictured in a studio to record an episode of the Dear Deidre podcast

Ms Hemmings pictured in a studio to record an episode of the Dear Deidre podcast

Ms Hemmings claims she has been left with an'elf-like ear' following'negligent aftercare' after going under the knife with cosmetic surgeon Peter Cumbo

Ms Hemmings claims she has been left with an ‘elf-like ear’ following ‘negligent aftercare’ after going under the knife with cosmetic surgeon Peter Cumbo

But Dr Cumbo has brushed aside those claims, insisting the compression bandage would have been tied on by his scrub nurse ‘under his supervision and in line with his usual practice’.

The surgeon, who was acclaimed in 2018 for the £7,500 transforming facelift he performed on Loose Women and former Nolan Sisters star Maureen Nolan, is denying all blame, insisting that every care was taken over the bandaging and in relation to his patient’s aftercare.

He disputes negligence, as well as denying any link between the bandaging and any injuries his patient may have suffered.

The case brought by Ms Hemmings, who is also consultant psychologist on Channel 4’s Steph’s Packed Lunch, reached Central London County Court in a brief pre-trial hearing before Judge Richard Roberts last week.

The trial itself is not fixed to start until next year and is set to last three days.

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