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Breast Implant Surgery Claims

If you have experienced a problem following your breast implant surgery and you believe this was because of the negligence of a surgeon or clinic, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.

This can help to pay for restorative surgery and can offer you peace of mind following such a distressing experience.

Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors is a specialist UK law firm in the field of breast augmentation claims and was the first legal practice established in England and Wales dedicated to guiding victims of negligent cosmetic surgery through the complicated claims process.

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 for our clients in the process.


To speak to our expert solicitors about your situation, get in touch with us today. Call 0800 634 0285 or fill in the quick contact form below to request a call back.

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About breast enlargement surgery

During surgery to enlarge the breasts (augmentation mammoplasty), usually an inframammary incision is made in the bottom crease of the breast and an implant is placed under the breast tissue or under the chest muscle beneath the breast.

Implant insertion

The breast implant is inserted into a pocket and placed either directly behind the outer layer of the chest wall muscles (sub-muscular) or behind the breast tissue (sub-glandular). With a sub-muscular placement, the patient may take slightly longer to recover compared to sub glandular placement, and may also experience a little more post-operative pain.

The surgeon closes the incisions with layered sutures in the breast tissue, and with skin adhesives, sutures and surgical tape to close the skin and keep it closed.

The duty of care for clinics and surgeons

Those who carry out cosmetic surgery procedures and beauty treatments have a duty of care to ensure your safety and wellbeing. Surgeons must be held accountable to this duty, as cosmetic surgery negligence can cause long-lasting physical and psychological damage.

The clinic/surgeon is not only responsible for preventing things that can be reasonably preventable, but also for telling you about the complications that cannot be prevented.

What can go wrong?

Most breast enlargement surgeries are carried out successfully, but inevitably there are times when surgery goes wrong.

The impact could be emotional, for example it could lead to:

  • A feeling of disappointment that the surgery failed to “achieve the effect” the customer desired
  • The breasts not looking the way the customer expected them to
  • Depression as a result of unsuccessful surgery

The problems can also be physical in nature. We have helped patients claim for the following:

  • 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

The procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic, which means there are several risks you should be aware of. However, please note that these risks are very rare (typically, these risks will occur one case in every 10,000).

Risks include:

  • Anaphylaxis (a harmful reaction to the anaesthetic)
  • Inherited reaction to the anaesthetic
  • In extremely rare cases, death (approx. 1 death for every 100,000 general anaesthetics given).

These problems are more likely to arise if:

  • you are undergoing emergency surgery
  • you have other illnesses
  • you are a smoker
  • you are overweight

Your surgeon should talk you through these risks before your operation.

Before going ahead with any cosmetic procedure it’s imperative you consider both the psychological and financial associations. You can familiarise yourself with these key considerations here, by reading the S.A.F.E Choice Guide.

Surgery Process Guide to Inframammary Breast Augmentation

Step by step process guide

This technique requires an incision to be made across the fold just underneath the breast, where it meets the wall of the chest. Breast tissue is lifted (in some cases the pectoral muscle will be lifted too) so that the silicone or saline implant can be fitted into position.

  1. You will be given a general anaesthetic.
  2. Your surgeon will make an incision across the breast, where the tissue meets the chest wall. This is to minimise scarring.
  3. The breast tissue (and, sometimes the pectoral muscle) is lifted. This is so the implant can be inserted.
  4. Your surgeon will then fix the implant in position beneath both the nipples.
  5. The incisions on each breast are then stitched.

Complications / Negligence Signs

  1. Infection in the breast, resulting in the implant having to be taken out for the infection to be treated effectively.
  2. Loss of sensation in the breast skin and nipple.
  3. A leaking implant. You may need to have it taken out.

Has your surgery left you with questions and concerns about the success of your procedure? Contact us today.

Surgery Process Guide to Transaxillary Breast Augmentation

Step by step process guide

Transaxillary breast enlargements involve an incision being made in the upper outer region of each breast, close to the armpit. The scar is generally not visible, even with the arm raised.

  1. Your surgeon will give you a general anaesthetic to last the entire surgery length.
  2. Next, your surgeon will create a tiny incision in the upper outer region of both breasts. Many would call this area of the body the armpit. This is done so that the scar is hard to be seen, even with the arm lifted.
  3. The implant is then slotted into place, fixed in the breast below the pectoral muscle.
  4. The incisions on outer breast regions are then closed with stitches.

Complications / Negligence Signs

  1. Visible implants – creases or ripples from the implant can sometimes be seen underneath the breast skin. This is more common in women who had very small breasts to begin with.
  2. Capsular contracture- abnormal scar tissue forming around the implant. This can be painful, and in some cases you may need another operation to treat it.

Has your surgery left you with questions and concerns about the success of your procedure? Contact us today.

Surgery Process Guide to Transumbilical Breast Augmentation (TUBA)

Step by step process guide

TUBA breast augmentations require an incision to be made in the umbilical (navel). The implant is then moved up to its correct position under the nipples.

  1. You will be given a general anaesthetic.
  2. Your surgeon makes an incision in the umbilicus area.
  3. Next, your surgeon will insert the implant via the navel.
  4. Once fully inserted, the implant is then repositioned; transferred up into its correct position under the pectoral tissue.
  5. The incision is then closed.

Complications / Negligence Signs

  • The surgical technique with TUBA makes positioning the implant correctly much harder, so there is more risk of complications.
  • With the TUBA procedure, there is a heightened risk of damaging the breast tissue.

Has your surgery left you with questions and concerns about the success of your procedure? Contact us today.

How can we help?

When the cosmetic surgeon or clinic is responsible for an error in procedure, a claim can be made. Compensation could include damages for physical and psychological injury and restorative medical surgery.

The cosmetic surgery industry in the UK is inadequately regulated. When you’re dealing with an inadequately regulated industry, it can be difficult to understand your legal position or know where to turn. And that’s where we come in.

We have an impressive win rate for the claims we have pursued to date and have successfully recovered over £3 million for our clients.

We are here to fully establish the impact caused by the negligence you experienced, and guide you through the complicated process of claiming the compensation you deserve. With a long history of being at the forefront of this field and a track record that speaks for itself, we are confident we can help you.

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Inframammary Breast Augmentation

This technique requires an incision to be made across the fold just under the breast, before the implant is inserted.

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