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Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery Compensation Claims

Claiming for compensation on cosmetic and plastic surgery

Plastic or cosmetic surgery is rapidly growing in popularity in the UK. Recent statistics show over 38,000 cosmetic or plastic surgery procedures were carried out in 2010, compared with just over 10,000 in 2003. Unfortunately, this has also seen a large rise in procedures that have gone wrong due to negligence where it may be possible to make a claim.

The medical profession usually provide an excellent service with high standards of care. However there are rare occasions when patients treated on the NHS or privately may be the victim of a medical accident. When that accident is caused by incompetence or lack of care, it may be possible to bring a claim for compensation.
Some of the cosmetic surgery compensation and plastic surgery accident claims include cases following procedures involving:

  • Rhinoplasty (Nose Reshaping)
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Liposuction
  • Facelifts
  • Lip Enhancement
  • Eyelid Reduction
  • Mastopexy (Breast Lift)
  • Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
  • Chin/Cheek Reshaping
  • Setting Back Prominent Ears
  • Scar Reduction
  • Silicone Implants (Breast, Buttock, Calf, Cheek, Chin, Pectoral etc)

In addition to surgical cosmetic procedures and cosmetic dentistry, there are a number of non-invasive cosmetic treatments available, such as botulinum toxin injections (botox), dermal fillers and laser treatments. As these are not considered surgical, they are sometimes carried out by establishments that are not monitored or controlled in the same way.

Plastic surgery can be understood to be a surgical and medical procedure in which the main objective is to improve a patients external appearance. However plastic surgery is actually a form of a cosmetic surgery which is not only done to better the looks of a particular patient but also for correcting the unpleasant marks and the burn marks that a patient may have incurred due to some accident in the past. By having plastic surgery carried out patients can begin to regain their self esteem that they may have lost after acquiring disfigured bodies or faces after some unfortunate mishaps.

However as stated earlier there are times when plastic surgery can go wrong due to negligence from the plastic surgeon, due to this the patient may undergo worse effects after a plastic surgery session. Plastic surgery errors can be defined as a medical malpractice that are a violation of a patient’s trust in not just the plastic surgeon but in the entire plastic and medical surgery profession as well.

Plastic surgery errors on any part of the body can always be concealed by clothes and accessories, however if these mistakes are on the face, then it can cause a patient further embarrassment and humiliation, causing the patient to lose his/ her self esteem. Along with this it can also lead a patient to suffer from mental traumas. This is exactly why it is always better that one who seeks to get operated for plastic surgery gets treated by a properly accredited plastic surgeon who can ensure that no mistakes are made.

The following are incidents of cosmetic or plastic surgery negligence which might lead to a compensation claim:

Breast Surgery
Cosmetic and plastic surgery going wrong is most common in breast and facial surgery. Badly performed breast enlargements due to cosmetic or plastic surgeons’ negligence can result in several different issues including implant rupturing, scarring and uneven breasts.

Nasal Rhinoplasty
Plastic surgery carried out on the nose is also known as rhinoplasty. Common problems with this type of plastic surgery include nasal collapse and lop-sided nostrils. It can also cause a decreased sense of smell, blood clots and a deformity of the bridge of the nose. If this is due to a negligent act it is possible to make a claim on a no win no fee structure.

Facial Rhinoplasty
The facelift, known as rhinoplasty, is also a very popular procedure in the UK. Noticeable issues can include bad scarring around the ears, hair loss and the discolouration of the skin. It can go far beyond superficial damage, and can cause paralysis of the face and severe bleeding and swelling.

Eyelid Surgery
Eyelid surgery involves removing excess tissue from above or below the eye to help the eyes appear less tired or remove hooding. However bad plastic surgery can make the eyes’ appearance worse and even affect your heath.

Symptoms may include blurred vision, bleeding behind the eyes or even complete blindness. However issues such as uneven-shaped eyes or droopiness of your lower eyelids after surgery should still be addressed.

Liposuction removes fat and improves body shape. Nevertheless, any plastic surgery operation can have complications. You may have noticed no improvement or even an increased degree of numbness.

Cosmetic Dentistry
In recent years there has been a boom in cosmetic dentistry as more and more people strive for the perfect smile. Previously expensive treatments have come down in price making procedures once only available to the rich and famous much more affordable for the masses.

Many dentists now offer smile makeovers with treatments including teeth whitening for yellow or stained teeth, veneers, invisible braces for teeth straightening, gum contouring for protruding gums or the ‘gummy smile’, and implants and crowns to restore chipped or replace broken teeth.

Anyone putting their trust in a dentist to improve their smile has the right to expect they will be safeguarded from harm and trauma during and after their treatment. Most cosmetic dentistry carried out in the UK is performed in private clinics, where, unlike in the NHS, there is little regulation, and procedures often cost thousands of pounds.

While most patients are satisfied with their treatment, more and more are finding that their dental work disappoints. They are left counting not only the financial cost of poor results, but also the emotional and physical cost of painful injuries, prolonged suffering and trauma when their cosmetic dentistry goes wrong.

We understand that no amount of money could possibly compensate for the suffering caused by poor cosmetic dentistry. However, our experts believe they can help patients recover both their physical well being and self esteem, by securing the funds they need for corrective surgery and helping them get their lives back on track.

Our lawyers have years of experience in cosmetic surgery compensation and plastic surgery compensation claims and other medical and clinical accidents recovering compensation for people who have suffered physical or emotional scarring as a consequence of botched treatments and procedures.

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