Breast Implant Revision Claims
There are huge numbers of breast implant revision or replacement procedures performed in the UK, and there is also an increasing number of surgeries that have gone wrong. When problems occur due to negligent procedure, you are entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Such claims can net large sums of compensation, which could provide you with both the means to have restorative surgery and peace of mind after the distress of such a bad experience. You can also help other people avoid their own surgery going wrong by drawing the public’s attention to poorly skilled surgeons or sub-standard cosmetic surgery clinics and organisations.
Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors is a specialist UK law firm in the field of breast surgery and implant negligence. We were the first legal practice established in England and Wales dedicated to guiding victims of negligent cosmetic surgery through the complicated legal processes involved.
About Breast Implant Revision Surgery
This procedure is usually performed to change the size or type of a patient’s implants, or to correct any complications from the patient’s primary breast augmentation.
Breast implant replacement surgery is usually undergone for a number of different reasons:
- Scar contraction
- The hardening, rupture or deflation of the implant
- A desire to change implants or breast size
The operation lasts for about an hour in normal circumstances and is usually performed under general anaesthetic.
The process for the breast revision should proceed like this:
- The patient is given a general anaesthetic
- Once the general anaesthetic has taken effect, the cosmetic surgeon uses the same incision as used in the original procedure
- Once the implant pocket is exposed, the old implant is removed
- A new implant is then placed into the existing pocket
- If smaller breast implants are being used to reduce breast size for the patient, the cosmetic surgeon may reduce the size of the pocket with sutures to fit the smaller sized implants
Examples of negligence
Complications from removing or replacing breast implants are not particularly common, but every surgical procedure has risks.
Problems that can indicate the occurrence of negligence are broadly the same as with breast enlargement surgery and include:
- Ptosis or breast sagging
- Slippage, movement or rupture of the breast implant
- Lopsided or different sized breasts
- Uneven position of nipples
- Problems with implant placement or the creation of the ‘pockets’ for the implants, causing one or both implants to sit too high, too low or too lateral
- Unsightly scarring, above or below the fold beneath the breast
- Symmastia or uni-boob – implants crossing over in the centre of the chest. This can occur when the surgeon makes pockets for the implants that are too close together, which results in the breasts touching in the middle. It is usually seen several days after the surgery and requires revision to make it look normal again
- “Double-bubble” or “cottage loaf” effect – where the breast has a double instead of single mound appearance
- “Bottoming out” – this is a problem that occurs when the implant falls to the bottom of the breast. It occurs when the breast implants are placed too low or are too big and they fall, crossing over the inframammary crease
Making a claim with Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors
If you’ve recently undergone implant revision or removal surgery that you’re not happy with, even if your experience doesn’t necessarily match the examples above, you could be entitled to make a claim. We are the number one UK law firm in the field of cosmetic surgery negligence. We have helped many victims of negligent cosmetic surgery and understand how difficult it can be to recover from breast implant revision or removal surgery that has gone wrong.
Working on a no win, no fee basis, we have an impressive win rate of over 95% for the cases we’ve pursued after obtaining medical evidence, successfully recovering over £3 million in compensation for our clients.
Contact us today
We are here to answer any questions you have about the claims process and we can identify the impact caused by the negligence of the surgery that you’ve undergone.