Tummy Tuck Negligence Claims
If you have had a tummy tuck, otherwise known as an abdominoplasty, and something has gone wrong because of negligence on the part of the cosmetic surgeon, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
If this claim is successful, it can mean significant damages being awarded to help you deal with the physical and psychological distress caused by the botched surgery. In addition, it can help you pay for any additional corrective surgery you require, without affecting your own finances.
The specialists at Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors are confident they can help you get the result you deserve. Leaders in the field and the first dedicated legal practice established in England and Wales focusing on this specific area of the law, we have recovered more than £3 million for victims of cosmetic surgery negligence so far. We also have a win rate of over 95% on cases we’ve pursued after obtaining medical evidence.
If you think your tummy tuck surgery has gone wrong, speak to our legal experts today on 0808 256 9318 or request a call back from one of our dedicated tummy tuck negligence solicitors to start your claim for tummy tuck compensation.
About tummy tuck surgery
This procedure is undertaken to remove surplus skin and fat around the abdomen area to attain a flatter, more taut stomach. Most people who choose to have this surgery are looking to remove sagging, loose skin, sometimes caused by significant weight loss.
There are three main methods of tummy tuck surgery:
1. Standard abdominoplasty
A standard abdominoplasty is one of the most common techniques used to create a slimmer, tighter stomach, and is performed under general anaesthetic.
- Firstly, an incision is made along the lower abdomen, and in some cases also around the belly button.
- The contouring process then begins, in which the surgeon will tighten the muscles in the stomach and remove the excess skin and fatty deposits.
- The skin is then stretched down and the incision closed, and an incision is made around the navel for the belly button to be repositioned.
For more information, read our process guide for standard abdominoplasty surgery.
- Partial or ‘mini’ abdominoplasty
This is not as invasive as other tummy tuck techniques, as the belly button is not moved. It is recommended for people who have surplus skin and fat located in the mid to lower abdomen, and is either performed under general or local anaesthetic.
- A small incision is made just above the pubic area.
- The surgeon will then begin to tighten the muscles and remove any excess fat.
- Afterwards, the skin is stretched downwards towards the incision, removing any excess tissue before stitching the incision shut again.
Find out more in our process guide to partial or mini abdominoplasty.
- Extended abdominoplasty
The procedure for an extended tummy tuck involves the removal of skin and fat from the lower abdomen under general anaesthetic, while also removing tissue from the back, waist and upper thighs to reshape the abdominal area.
Then, as with all tummy procedures, the muscular wall is readjusted, the upper skin is pulled taut downwards to cover the incision, and a new opening is made for the navel.
More information on this surgery can be found here.
What can go wrong?
Having undergone a tummy tuck procedure, you should allow a recovery period of three weeks or so before moving forward with making a claim as some pain is common following surgery.
However, patients can experience a variety of symptoms that might indicate negligence by the surgeon. Some of the more common issues are listed below:
- The umbilicus or belly button being incorrectly positioned
- Inappropriate scarring
- Skin contour deformity in the treatment area due to insufficient removal of excess tissue
- Puckering of the skin around the abdominal scar line
- Nerve damage, which can lead to a loss of sensation
- Persistent pain in the abdominal area
- Seroma – fluid collecting around the wound
If you have experienced any of these complications – or even an issue that’s not listed above – following your surgery, get in touch with us today to discuss the details of your case.
How can we help?
The cosmetic surgery industry in the UK is inadequately regulated. Not only does that mean you are at risk of being unnecessarily harmed by unqualified professionals or those with low standards, but it may also mean it is difficult to know where to turn if something does go wrong.
But that’s where we can help.
We can guide you through the entire compensation claims process and put you in a great position to receive the financial award you deserve for your suffering.
This is because of our combination of experience and expertise. We were the first legal firm established in England and Wales specifically focusing on this area of the law. As a result, over the years, we have developed an unrivalled knowledge of cases of this kind.
Led by Michael Saul, one of the UK’s leading experts in this field, Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors has a win rate of over 95% for the claims we have pursued after obtaining medical evidence, successfully recovering over £3 million for our clients in the process.
We are here to establish both who was responsible for the complications of your surgery, as well as how they have affected your life. With us on your side, you have a fantastic chance of recovering the compensation you are entitled to.
Contact us today
If you have experienced any of the problems described above following your surgery, or even if your experience does not quite match any of our examples, talk to our expert cosmetic surgery negligence team today on 0808 163 8266 or request a callback by completing the contact form on this page.