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Breast Reduction Claims

If you have experienced complications following a breast reduction surgery – also known as mammoplasty – and you believe they were caused by negligence on the part of the surgeon, you may be entitled to make a claim for financial compensation.

This compensation can help to pay for any remedial surgery that may be needed, and can also offer you peace of mind following such a distressing experience.

Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors wa the first legal practice established in England and Wales dedicated to patients who have suffered as a result of negligent cosmetic surgery. We know that unsuccessful surgery can have serious emotional and financial consequences for you, and we are therefore committed to getting you the compensation you deserve.

Working on a no win, no fee basis, we have an impressive win rate of over 95% for the claims we have pursued after obtaining medical evidence and have successfully recovered over £3 million for our clients.

We also understand that you might have several questions about the claims process – we are happy to help and support you in any way we can. Our cosmetic negligence department is led by Michael Saul, the UK’s leading expert in negligent cosmetic surgery.


Speak to Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors today on 0800 634 0285 or request a call back from one of our expert mammoplasty negligence lawyers.

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About breast reduction surgery

This procedure attempts to reduce the volume and weight of the patient’s breasts. It is a common operation to help women alleviate the distressing back, neck and shoulder pain that can be caused by having large breasts.

This is an invasive procedure performed under general anaesthetic, and usually takes between two and four hours to complete.

During the procedure, excess breast tissue is removed through incisions made in the breasts, and often the nipples are moved to fit the new breast shape. Once the breasts have been reshaped, incisions are closed with the use of stitches that may be dissolvable. There are three main methods of breast reduction surgery:

  1. Traditional or “anchor” incision breast reduction – The traditional incision for this surgery involves an ‘anchor’ shaped incision being made around the nipple and breast, before skin and fat is removed.
  2. Vertical incision breast reduction – This uses a vertical incision technique is less invasive than the anchor method, however it may not be suitable for patients with extremely large breasts.
  3. Scarless breast reduction – This is a mammoplasty technique whereby liposuction is used to remove surplus fat and tissue from the breast.

The duty of care for clinics and surgeons

Clinics that carry out cosmetic surgery procedures and beauty treatments have a duty of care to their patients are safe and protected from unnecessary harm. In addition, the clinic or surgeon must avoid complications that can be reasonably prevented, as well as telling you about the possibility of any complications that cannot be prevented.

If this doesn’t happen, surgeons and clinics must be held accountable, because we have seen first-hand the devastating physical and psychological damage that cosmetic surgery negligence can have on victims.

What can go wrong?

Successful mammoplasty surgery can have a hugely positive effect on the patient’s self-esteem, increasing their ability to move freely and exercise without being impaired. However, when this procedure goes wrong due to negligence, the resulting problems can be devastating.

Patients can experience a variety of symptoms that might indicate negligence, often at the hands of a surgeon not properly qualified due to the minimally regulated nature of the industry. Some of the more common problems associated with breast reduction surgery are listed below:

  • Breasts remaining ptotic or droopy after surgery
  • Ugly and unsightly scarring
  • Asymmetrical breasts
  • Asymmetrical nipples, where one nipple appears higher than the other
  • Loss of the nipple itself or loss of nipple sensation
  • Haematoma – bleeding that occurs inside your breast, making it swollen and painful
  • An inability to breastfeed – some women cannot breastfeed after this type of surgery because the nipples could become separated from the milk ducts
  • Nerve damage to the nipple – you may experience a loss of sensation or find that your nipples are unable to become erect
  • Wound healing issues where two or more incision scars meet

Although relatively rare, there are also multiple risks associated with going under general anaesthetic. Typically these problems only occur roughly once in every 10,000 procedures. Risks and complications associated with general anaesthetic include:

  • Anaphylaxis (a harmful reaction to the anaesthetic)
  • Inherited reaction to the anaesthetic
  • In extremely rare cases, death

These problems are more likely to arise if you have other illnesses, smoke or are overweight. Your surgeon should discuss these risks with you before your procedure.

There could also be emotional issues following an unsuccessful surgery, such as:

  • A feeling of disappointment that the surgery failed to “achieve the effect” the patient desired, if an insufficient amount of fatty tissue was removed for example
  • Depression as a result of unsuccessful surgery

How can we help?

When the cosmetic surgeon or clinic is responsible for an error before, during or after a procedure, a claim for financial compensation can be made. This financial award could include damages for physical and psychological damage, and cover the cost of any restorative medical surgery required.

Due to the cosmetic surgery industry in the UK being inadequately regulated, it can be difficult to understand your legal position or know who to turn to for advice when something goes wrong. But that’s where we can help.

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.

With a combination of experience, expertise and a dedication to getting you the result you deserve, you can count on us to help you in your time of need.

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