Compensation for Liposuction Surgery Negligence
Liposuction is the Fastest Growing Cosmetic Procedure in the UK
Liposuction, technically referred to as lipoplasty or liposculpture, is a cosmetic surgery procedure which removes excess fat cells from particular areas of the body. This procedure is used predominantly for those common areas where fat deposits typically build up, including: the abdomen, hips, buttocks and thighs. Liposuction is best used for parts of the body that are particularly resistant to exercise and diet.
What Happens During a Liposuction Procedure?
Liposuction is usually performed under general anaesthetic, although in some cases local anaesthetic, combined with sedation can be used. This surgical technique usually takes one to two hours, dependent on the treatment area and how much fat is being removed.
During the liposuction procedure, a small incision is made in the treatment area and the surgeon inserts a thin plastic tube or cannula under the skin to remove the fat efficiently via a powerful vacuuming device. The surgeon then sews up the remaining incisions. There are multiple liposculpture techniques and the most popular ones are:
1 . Tumescent Liposuction – This is the most common form of liposuction. A saline solution with a local anaesthetic and vessel-constrictor epinephrine is injected below the skin, in the area that is to be treated. The surgeon makes an incision and inserts a microcannula (small plastic tube) which is then attached to a vacuuming device. The tube moves back and forth to loosen the fat deposits and suck the fat out.
2 . Water Jet Assisted Lipoplasty – water jet assisted lipoplasty the surgeon injects fluid similar to the one used in tumescent liposuction and then makes a similar incision in the area to be treated. This time a pressurised steam of water is used to loosen the fat cells. They are suctioned out and any remaining liquid removed
3 . Laser Liposuction – Laser liposuction is less invasive than the other forms of liposculpture and leaves less scarring. A fibre optic laser is built into the cannula and the beam from the laser breaks down the fat cells, liquefying them. The fat is removed by low level suction.
Liposuction treatment is very popular in the UK and, for the most part, is performed without issue. However claims for negligent liposuction are now on the rise, due to the substandard treatment which can be provided by inexperienced cosmetic practitioners.
What to Look for If Your Liposuction Has Gone Wrong
Patients may not be able to fully see the results of liposuction until the inflammation has subsided, which in some cases may take several months. However, if you think you may have fallen victim of a negligent liposuction procedure, here are some of the typical difficulties you may encounter.
- Poor body shape or contour deformity
- Nerve damage or numbness
- Bumpy asymmetric skin after the fat has been removed
- Blood poisoning
- Puncture of nearby organs
If you feel you may have suffered as a result of medical negligence and your issue hasn’t be listed above, you may still be able to make a claim for compensation. Simply phone one of our cosmetic surgery negligence solicitors, who will be able to assess you situation.
Why Should I Claim for Liposuction Compensation?
Most liposuction procedures are carried out without any complications and the patient may see notable improvements in their appearance. However, if liposuction goes wrong, the outcome can be physically and emotionally distressing, leading to further issues. If you’ve received poor liposculpture because of incompetence or negligence on the part of a cosmetic surgeon or clinic, then our cosmetic surgery negligence solicitors can help you. We are here to ensure you receive the appropriate financial compensation, which can go towards reconstructive surgery and aid your physical and mental recovery from negligent liposuction.
How to Make a Claim for Liposuction Compensation
Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors are the first legal practice in England and Wales wholly dedicated to patients who have endured cosmetic surgery negligence. As one the UK’s leading experts in this field, we are well placed for delivering the best results for patients who have suffered from poor care.
If you have any questions about negligent liposuction, our experts are at hand to give you advice on your options, and will support you through what is, understandably, a difficult process.
If your liposuction has gone wrong, talk to us today on 0808 159 3637, or request a call back from one of team of expert solicitors.