Claims for cosmetic surgery that have been carried out incorrectly as a result of clinical negligence are increasing, mainly due to the fact that cosmetic surgery is now widely available to consumers, together with new cosmetic procedures being discovered.
The information in the article is to provide an overview of some of the more common cosmetic procedures carried out today. If you feel that your surgery was not performed as it should have been please contact us today for a free legal assessment of your case.
At Injury Claims Assistance our expert solicitors will be able to assess your claim and if you have been the victim of cosmetic surgery that has been carried out incorrectly they will be able to handle your claim from start to finish at no cost to you.
Read more about cosmetic surgery to find out if you are entitled to make a claim for clinical negligence.
Cosmetic surgery is a procedure some individuals choose to have to enhance certain aspects of their appearance. The decision to have your body altered, and in some cases irreversibly, should be met with serious consideration and research.
Undergoing cosmetic surgery for either your appearance or for health reasons it is a life changing choice and in some cases with terrible consequences if your cosmetic surgery goes wrong. Over 80 thousand procedures are carried out every year and to date over £10 million has been paid out in compensation for clinical negligence claims.
Choosing the right surgeon
There are of course many gifted surgeons available to perform these procedures that are highly skilled and meet the qualifications needed. Where individuals have been involved in accidents or the victims of violence they are able to deliver life changing results for the better. However as in any industry there are some who fail to show the same expertise and are regrettably negligent.
Before a final decision is made to undergo surgery you need to be fully aware of what the surgery involves and who will be performing the operation.
What questions should I ask?
Having decided upon a surgeon you would like to use, you will need to have a consultation with them. Cosmetic surgery companies do not normally charge for a consultation so before making a final decision we suggest you ask the below questions:
- What are the risks with this type of surgery?
- Are there alternatives to cosmetic surgery and how do the they compare?
- Do you have any information leaflets on this type of surgery or a website you would recommend?
- How experienced are you with the type of surgery I’m thinking of having?
- Do you have some example photographs showing before and after surgery I can look at?
- Have there been any complications during this type of surgery?
- How many of these procedures do you undertake each year?
- Have you any further qualifications which make you more experienced than other surgeons?
- Are any of your previous patients available for me to talk to?
- What type of improvement can I expect to see after surgery?
Types of cosmetic surgery
The cost of having private surgery is a major factor. Normally you will be able to pay a deposit and enter into a payment plan.
There is a wide variety of cosmetic surgery available and below are some of the more common treatments.
Rhinoplasty is surgery to reshape the nose. It involves the removal of cartilage from the end of the nose or reshaping other parts of the nose to improve the appearance.
Breast Augmentation (enlargement)
An incision in the breast is made and silicone gel or saline implant is inserted to enhance the size of the breasts. Breast implants are the most common cosmetic procedure carried out and also the most claimed for when things go wrong due to the surgeon’s negligence.
This surgery involves the removal of tissue and excess skin from the breast area. Most women choose to have this procedure to relieve back pain, and other related problems
If you have had surgery on your upper eyelids, incisions should have been made into the existing lines in your eyelids, and also cuts in the folds at the corners of the eyes. When having surgery to the lower eyelids, small incisions are made immediately below the eyelash through and into the ‘laughter lines’. This makes sure any scarring will run along the existing creases of your eyes, making them less noticeable.
Face lifts are a common cosmetic procedure. During this surgery an incision should be made along your hair-line and at the back of the ears. The skin is then delicately detached from the underlying tissues, allowing the surgeon to then remove any excess fat in the face.
The skin is then pulled back to the original area where the incision was made whereupon the surgeon will cut away any surplus skin leaving a smooth wrinkle free face.
This procedure is used to remove any excess fat on areas of your body. A small thin tube made of metal is inserted into the body area where there is excess fat via a small cut.
The tube which is attached to a vacuum pump is forcefully moved around to break up any fat tissue. More than one cut may need to be made if it is a large area of fat being removed.
Standard Tummy Tuck
A surgical cut will be made in your abdomen and above the bikini line. The umbilicus (belly button) will be cut from the surrounding skin.
The ripped or stretched muscles are then pulled and stitched in place. Any excess fat and skin are removed by the surgeon and the umbilicus is repositioned. There will be some scarring along the abdomen however this will normally be hidden by underwear.
Making a claim for compensation
Before going ahead with any cosmetic surgery you should first discuss your requirements with your GP first, research the procedure, the risks, the benefits, the surgeon and have no doubt it is what you want to do.
Examples of procedures that have not gone correctly can include cases where there is excess bleeding, infections, excessive scarring, over correction, psychological trauma or poor appearance.
If you feel you have not received the duty of care owed to you when you have undergone surgery and as a result have been the victim of clinical negligence please contact us today and speak to one of our specialist clinical negligence solicitors to make a compensation claim.