MANCHESTER, England – A leading plastic surgeon of the wealthy admitted to having sex with patients who went to him for breast surgery, a UK medical tribunal has heard.
Dr. Olivier Branford, 49, reportedly encouraged “emotional attachment” in patients, showering them with compliments, sending them sexually explicit messages and images, including nude photos of himself, and sharing details of his sexual fantasies.
The married father of three had sex with a woman at The Cadogan Clinic, in Chelsea, London, after telling her he wanted to make her his ‘muse’.
He had sex with another patient at the clinic after seeing pictures of the “perfect” new breasts he had given her.
Branford had another sexual encounter with a third patient at the clinic while she was still recovering from breast augmentation surgery and it was not “clinically advisable”.
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Branford admitted all but four charges against him when he appeared before Britain’s Medical Practitioners’ Tribunal Service.
Ian Brook, prosecutor for the General Medical Council (GMC), said a patient, a model called Patient A, contacted him about a breast reduction because of her back and shoulder pain and self-esteem issues.
She told Branford that she suffered from body dysmorphia, depression and anxiety and “hated the way she looked.”
He responded by saying that he could “heal her and make her love her body.”
Over time, the messages became more flirtatious, Brook said, with Branford telling the woman he “loved her body” and that “he wanted her to be his muse” so he could paint her.
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Other posts described sexual fantasies, including “French kissing” and touching and caressing each other.
Branford admitted to feeling “guilt” about his feelings towards her for not wanting to hurt his children and begged her to become his “secret lover” so he wouldn’t feel guilty.
They had sex twice during a consultation in August 2019 and again the following month after he first used oil to massage her breasts.
The tribunal heard about a second patient, a married woman named patient B, who wanted a breast reduction, which Branford performed in July 2019.
Seeing photos of the results, Branford said her breasts were “perfect” and those of a “20-year-old.”
Branford sent the woman sexually explicit messages, telling her, “I’m French, so sensuality is good. You’re very desirable and sexy.”
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The woman told him she was “very inexperienced” and had only had three lovers, but he promised to be “careful and gentle” with her.
They had sex at his clinic in October 2019, but her feelings for him then changed as it was no longer “special between them”. She reported him to the clinic and the GMC.
Branford had sex with a third patient, a model known as Patient C, after she had breast augmentation surgery in February 2020.
He flirted with her during an initial consultation and gave her his phone number, liking her Instagram photos — one showing her in the back of a cab in lingerie and thigh-high boots — describing her as “elegant.”
Feelings between them became “mutual,” the tribunal heard, and Branford told her to come for a “full body consultation” and sent her messages about what fantasies they would act out when they met.
Branford advised her to make a “false” appointment and have a shot of brandy beforehand for her anxiety. They had sex in “multiple positions” when she arrived at the clinic, despite his knowledge that it was not “clinically advisable” for a patient to do so for at least two weeks after breast surgery.
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The prosecutor said it was the GMC’s claim that Branford “encouraged” the women to become attached to him, but the attachment was “entirely one-way.”
The surgeon admitted that he had an inappropriate emotional relationship with patients A and B – but not C – and that actions with all three were sexually motivated.
Branford denies knowing that the women were vulnerable because of patient A’s body dysmorphism, patient B’s low self-esteem, and patient C’s anxiety.
Branford, who is currently suspended, could be struck from the medical record if his fitness to practice is found to be compromised.
The tribunal will rule next Monday on the allegations that Branford did not admit guilt.