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Monday, 23 April 2018 | MYT 1:11 PM

Doctor admits he botched lipoma procedure on S. Korean actress Han Ye-seul

SEOUL: The doctor who performed a lipoma removal procedure on South Korean actress Han Ye-seul (pic) has apologised for botching the operation in an interview uploaded to YouTube on Saturday (April 21).

Dr Lee Ji-hyun of the Cha Medical Center in Gangnam here admitted to damaging skin from the inside while removing the lipoma.

A lipoma is a non-cancerous tumour of fat tissue beneath the skin.

"It's easier to remove the tumour if surgery is done right around the lipoma. But considering that she is an actress, I suggested removing it from below, (so) she could cover up the scar with clothing," said Lee.

The mishap occurred as the electric knife cut through the skin from below while he was stripping and exfoliating the lipoma, according to Dr Lee.

Dr Lee also clarified that he did not graft skin tissues from other parts of Han's body or a donor, in response to recent allegations.

Han has been transferred to a hospital that specialises in rehabilitation of burnt skin to receive medical treatment and minimise her scar.

"I made a wrong decision and I am very sorry. I would like to hereby apologise to Han Ye-seul once more," Dr Lee said.

The Cha Medical Center issued a statement on Saturday that it would compensate the actress for the medical error. – The Korea Herald/Asia News Network