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Your Legal Rights When Cosmetic Surgery Goes Wrong

If you have been a victim of cosmetic surgery negligence, it is vital you understand your legal rights, so you know the steps to take if things do go wrong.

March 9, 2016

Cosmetic surgery has become increasingly accessible to the masses over the last decade. More and more clinics and salons have increased their offering, to cover a wide range of different procedures, that would traditionally be performed by a cosmetic surgeon. Many of these practitioners have undertaken training to ensure that they perform the procedures correctly and safely. However, in some instances this may not have been the case. Where cosmetic procedures are carried out by inexperienced staff, significant injury, or complications can be caused.

If you have been a victim of cosmetic surgery negligence, it is vital you understand your legal rights, so you know the steps to take if things do go wrong.


What to Consider Before Your Cosmetic Surgery.

Often, when someone decides they want cosmetic surgery, they will go with a company whose name is familiar, and these are not hard to come by. Advertising platforms are saturated with cosmetic surgery companies fighting for the attention of potential patients. However, it is important to remember is that even if the company is familiar, it is the surgeon that you must ensure is reputable. Never assume that because a surgeon is employed by a well known company, that they are the right person to perform your procedure.

Once you have been made aware of the surgeon who will be performing your procedure, you should check to make sure that they are registered with the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, otherwise known as BAAPS. Though you can not guarantee that the procedure will go to plan, BAAPS was established in order to encourage education and regulate safety within cosmetic surgery. Because of this, if your surgeon is listed, they are likely to have significant experience in performing procedures within their chosen field, whilst maintaining patient safety.


Manage Your Expectations

Before going under the knife, you need to ensure that you have realistic expectations about what you want from the surgery and what the surgery can actually achieve. Even if the most experienced plastic surgeon was to perform the procedure, you could still be dissatisfied with the aesthetic results. Do your own research, including looking at before and after pictures, but never take this for gospel. Speak to your surgeon about your goals and they will be able to advise you whether or not it is realistic, or if the procedure is even suitable. For example, many people wrongly assume that liposuction is a solution to significant weight loss, when it is actually more suited to help remove small, stubborn pockets of fat that can not be removed by diet and exercise alone. Being dissatisfied with the amount of fat removed, wouldn’t necessarily leave you with grounds to claim for Liposuction Compensation.


What Happens if I am Dissatisfied with my Cosmetic Surgery?

If you aren’t happy with the results of your surgery, or you feel it may have been carried out incorrectly, the first step you should take is contacting your cosmetic surgeon. This could be done either by getting in touch with them directly, or contacting the clinic that initially referred you.

Where possible, you should wait until your wounds have healed so that you can see a true reflection of the final result, however keep a photo diary of its development. If there is dissatisfaction with the outcome, but no real damage has been caused your clinic may offer a corrective procedure.

If your complaint is more serious, you should follow the complaints procedure that the hospital or clinic has in place, including contacting the healthcare commission. This regulatory body has the authority to act upon a clinic or hospital if they feel they have behaved negligently towards a patient, or haven’t reached their standards of practice. Making a complaint not only gives the surgeon, or clinic, the opportunity to admit wrong doing, but it can also help prevent the same incident happening to any one else in the future.

If your complaint about cosmetic surgery involves the surgeon causing you harm, or otherwise avoidable complications, you may be eligible for cosmetic surgery compensation. Any money awarded can go towards reconstructive or corrective surgery, ultimately aiming to put you back in the position you were in, before the procedure was carried out.

If you believe that you have suffered as a result of cosmetic surgery errors, speak to one of our solicitors about your options, and how you may be eligible for cosmetic surgery compensation.



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