Katie Price, 43, has defended travelling to Turkey for liposuction, calling it a ‘work trip’.
The mother-of-four will go under the knife on Tuesday after gaining two stone in the past year, and is having the procedure filmed for her reality show.
Turkey is on the red list of countries, which the UK government says are at the highest risk from Covid, and should not be visited ‘except in the most extreme of circumstances’.
Hard at work: Katie Price has defended travelling to Turkey for liposuction, calling it a ‘work trip’ (pictured with fiancé Carl Woods at the airport on Monday)
Foreign nationals are prohibited entry to the UK if they have been in any of the red list over the previous 10 days, and British residents must complete 10 days of hotel quarantine. There are limited exemptions for essential workers.
Now Katie – who flew to Turkey with fiancé Carl Woods, 31, on Monday – has stated that filming the procedure for Katie Price: My Crazy Life, constitutes as an extreme circumstance, due to the fact it is a work trip, and her current weight has left her in physical pain.
A representative for the star told MailOnline: ‘Katie has travelled with her fiancé to undergo a surgical procedure.
‘The purpose of this travel is essential in that it is for her work, she is being filmed undergoing the operation.’
Slimming down: The mother-of-four will go under the knife on Tuesday after gaining two stone in the past year, and is having the procedure filmed for her reality show
Katie broke both feet last summer after jumping off a 25ft wall while on holiday with her family, which has left her unable to do much cardio.
Touching on the incident, Katie’s rep continued: ‘Since her horrific accident in Turkey last year that left Katie with life changing injuries, Katie has not been able to exercise or lose weight gained post op in the way she has successfully done so in the past.
‘Despite her efforts to lose weight she has gained over two stone – this in turn has put immense pressure and further strain on her feet and is directly affecting her walking and management of day to day as a mother of five without being in constant pain.
Now and then: Katie has been unable to do much cardio after breaking both her feet over the summer and as a result has put on two stone (pictured right in January 2020)
‘Katie accepts she is in a fortunate position to be able to undergo this procedure and would like to reassure in doing so is part of her “work”, in sharing her journey as she endures further emotional, mental struggles and challenges.’
Katie’s representative stressed that both the star, Carl and camera crew will stay in a mandatory quarantine hotel when they get back, costing £1,750 per person.
Katie has booked in for full body liposuction with Mono Cosmetic Surgery – the same clinic where a mother-of-three died in August after undergoing the same treatment.
Katie’s rep said: ‘Despite her efforts to lose weight she has gained over two stone – this in turn has put immense pressure and further strain on her feet’
Abimbola Ajoke Bamgbose, a 38-year-old social worker from Dartford, Kent, passed away after buying a £5000 overseas package deal including liposuction and a Brazilian Butt Lift.
The inquest heard that a post-mortem examination found that Abimbola suffered perforations to the bowel and a cause of death was given as peritonitis with multiple organ failure as a complication of liposuction surgery.
The hearing was told that such perforations were a rare complication in the UK, with about three to five cases in the past decade, but that it might be more common abroad.
Tragic: Katie has booked in for full body liposuction with Mono Cosmetic Surgery – the same clinic where mother-of-three Abimbola Ajoke Bamgbose (pictured) died in August after undergoing the same treatment
WHAT IS LIPOSUCTION AND WHAT ARE THE DANGERS?
Liposuction removes fat from areas such as the abdomen, arms, buttocks, calves, chest, back, hips, thighs, neck, and very occasionally breasts.
The procedure reduces the number of fat cells in a specific area. The amount of fat removed depends on the appearance of the area and the volume of fat.
HOW IT’S DONE:
There are a few ways of doing it.
The most common is ‘tumescent liposuction’:
If done in the wrong hands, liposuction can carry a number of risks, many life-threatening.
Patients can suffer heart problems due to a shift in fluid levels as fluids are being injected in and suctioned out.
Depending on the location of the operation, there could be a risk of puncturing an internal organ with the cannula.
Some botched operations have led to fat embolisms – when pieces of loosened fat might break away and become trapped in a blood vessel and gather in the lungs or travel to the brain.
Skin infections are also possible, though rare.
Aesthetically, surgeons with little or poor experience could leave patients with bumpy, wavy or withered skin due to uneven fat removal, poor skin elasticity and unusual healing.
They could tamper with nerves, causing permanent numbness in the affected area.
Katie revealed she was having the procedure earlier this month after admitting she was ‘not happy’ with her looks.
Speaking on Steph’s Packed Lunch, Katie confessed: ‘I have tried so much to lose weight, obviously we want a baby and we’re doing IVF. I just want to shift some weight before we do it so I am going to have surgery.’
After host Steph McGovern insisted: ‘But, you’re not big!’ Katie responded: ‘For me I am. I’m normally 54kg [8.5stone] and now I’m about 68kg [10.7stone] and that is a lot for me.
‘I notice it in my clothes and just for myself, I’m just going to have to do it quick, just get it sucked out.’
Katie also revealed that she’s getting fat dissolving treatment in a bid to make her bum smaller after admitting that she ‘hates it!’
New cleavage! In March Katie revealed she’d had her 12th boob job, after vowing in 2018 she’ll never have surgery on her face again following a botched procedure
As well as cosmetic reasons, Katie also said she would like to lose weight before starting IVF with her partner.
‘I have tried so much to lose weight, obviously we want a baby and we’re doing IVF… but I just want to shift some weight before we do it so I am going to have surgery,’ she explained.
Katie previously she was keen to welcome a sixth child – her first with Carl – for the benefit of her ailing mother Amy, who has been diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis – a terminal lung infection.
Katie is already a parent to son Harvey, 18, with former footballer Dwight Yorke, Junior, 15, and 13-year-old Princess with first husband Peter Andre, and Jett, seven, and Bunny, six, with third spouse Kieran Hayler.
Family: The reality star already has Junior, 15, and Princess, 13, with ex-husband Peter Andre, 48, Jett, seven, and Bunny, six, with former spouse Kieran Hayler, 33, and raises eldest child Harvey, 18, without his biological father Dwight Yorke, 49
The former Loose Women star underwent a Brazilian Butt Lift two years ago, amid her multiple cosmetic surgeries that had left her bed bound.
Katie had jetted to Turkey in April 2019 where, in addition to the BBL, she also had liposuction, a tummy tuck, a facelift, an eye lift and an eyelid lift.
In March Katie revealed she’d had her 12th boob job, after vowing in 2018 she’d never have surgery on her face again following a botched procedure.
However, she has since set her sights on having a brow lift, face lift and new teeth.
Katie Price’s Surgery: A Timeline
Before: Katie has been going under the knife for 21 years (above in 1998)
1998 – Katie underwent a breast augmentation taking her from a natural B cup to a C cup. She also had her first liposuction
1999 – Katie had two more boob jobs in the same year, one taking her from a C cup to a D cup, and then up to an F cup
2006 – Katie went under the knife to take her breasts up to a G cup
2007 – Katie had a rhinoplasty and veneers on her teeth
2008 – Katie stunned fans by reducing her breasts from an F cup to a C cup
2011 – Going back to an F cup, Katie also underwent body-contouring treatment and cheek and lip fillers
2014/5 – Following a nasty infection, Katie had her breast implants removed
2016 – Opting for bigger breasts yet again, Katie had another set of implants, along with implants, Botox and lip fillers
2017 – After a disastrous ‘threading’ facelift, Katie also had her veneers replaced. She also had her eighth boob job taking her to a GG cup
2018 – Katie went under the knife yet again for a facelift
2019 – After jetting to Turkey, Katie had a face, eye and eyelid lift, Brazilian bum lift and a tummy tuck