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Cosmetic Surgery Claims

Medical NegligenceCosmetic surgery is a fairly recent new branch of medicine which involves the reshaping of various aspects of the body, face or skin for aesthetic reasons. Annually large numbers of people undergo a number of different types of cosmetic surgery with no problems and are happy with the results. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS) more than 17 million cosmetic surgery procedures were performed in the United States alone in 2009.

As with all types of surgery there can be complications and some risks – these should be explained in detail by your medical professional. Indeed since 2002 it has been a Government regulation, enforced by the National Care Standards Commission that an initial consultation must be conducted explaining the procedure and the risks and surgery cannot take place until at least two weeks after the consultation to allow the patient time to reflect and consider the potential risks. Of course there are inherent risks in having any type of surgery which should be detailed by the medical staff but these complications can happen with no blame apportioned to anyone. However, there are circumstances where any ill effects of the actual cosmetic surgery procedure or aftercare could have been prevented and this could allow for a potential clinical negligence claim.

There are a wide range of cosmetic surgery procedures available today. Such procedures include –

  • Breast Augmentation
  • Cheek Reshape
  • Chin Reshape
  • Eyelid Reduction
  • Facelifts
  • Forehead Lift
  • Lip Enhancement
  • Liposuction
  • Mastopexy (Breast Lift)
  • Rhinoplasty (Nose Reshape)
  • Scar Revision
  • Setting Back Prominent Ears
  • Silicone Implants (which includes Breast, Buttock, Calf, Cheek, Chin, Pectoral etc)
  • Tummy Tucks

A cosmetic surgeon that carries out one of the above procedures must be registered with the General Medical Council (GMC).

Statistically it is believed that up to 20% of all private healthcare complaints are in relation to patients believing that their cosmetic surgery has gone wrong. If you are not happy with the results of your cosmetic surgery you should contact your surgeon and relay your concerns. If it is agreed that the results are not what are expected between the parties, you may receive a refund. Alternatively you may wish to see another surgeon for a second opinion which may help you to determine whether the procedure was carried out correctly and whether you would have a case for a potential medical negligence claim.

If you are considering making a medical negligence claim due to an injury, illness or unnecessary scarring that was caused by a cosmetic surgery procedure that could be deemed as medically negligent you may wish to view the following sections.

Who can make a claim for medical negligence?

Are there time limits for making a medical negligence claim?

How much would my medical negligence claim be worth?

How do I make a claim for medical negligence?