Male Breast Reduction Claims
If you’ve undergone male breast reduction surgery and have subsequently experienced problems that you believe were caused by the negligence of a surgeon or clinic, you might be entitled to make a claim for compensation. This compensation can both help to pay for any restorative surgery that might be required and also offer you peace of mind following such a distressing experience.
Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors was the first legal practice established in England and Wales dedicated to helping victims of negligent cosmetic surgery through the complicated claims process, and specialises in the field of breast surgery claims. That means we are well placed to help you too.
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, successfully recovering over £3 million for our clients in the process.
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About male breast reduction surgery
Male breast reduction cosmetic surgery is undertaken when the male breast tissue has become enlarged – a condition known as gynaecomastia.
While this condition is often linked to obesity, it can also be caused by an imbalance of the hormones oestrogen and testosterone or triggered by medications such as antidepressants, anabolic steroids or certain cancer-treating drugs.
The condition sometimes leads to discomfort and tenderness around the nipples, and often causes embarrassment, with many men feeling self-conscious about the size and appearance of their breasts.
Male breast reduction surgery is an invasive procedure performed under general anaesthetic and usually takes between one and two hours to complete.
During the procedure, incisions are made around both areolae (the area of skin around the nipple) and liposuction is sometimes used to remove excess fatty tissue.
In instances where significant breast tissue removal is required, cuts may extend down the chest from the areolae and the nipples may need to be repositioned. The surgeon will then pull the skin taut over the incisions and stitch it shut.
The duty of care for clinics and surgeons
Clinics that carry out cosmetic surgery procedures and beauty treatments have a duty of care to ensure the safety and wellbeing of their patients. Surgeons must be held accountable to this duty, as this kind of negligence can cause long-lasting physical and psychological damage.
The clinic or surgeon is not only responsible for avoiding complications that can be reasonably prevented, but also for telling you about the possibility of any complications that cannot be prevented.
What can go wrong?
Successful male breast reduction cosmetic surgery can have a profoundly positive effect on the patient’s self esteem, by ensuring they feel comfortable with their appearance. But when the procedure goes wrong, problems that could indicate negligence on the part of the surgeon include:
- Asymmetrical breasts
- Asymmetrical nipples, where one appears higher than the other
- Loss of the nipple itself
- Inappropriate or lumpy scarring
- Bruising and swelling following surgery
- Nerve damage
The use of general anaesthetic also carries multiple risks, however these are very rare, typically only occurring 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 (approximately one death for every 100,000 administrations of general anaesthetic)
These problems are more likely to arise if you have other illnesses, are a smoker or are overweight. Your surgeon should discuss these risks with you before your operation
You may also develop emotional issues following the surgery, for example:
- A feeling of disappointment that the surgery failed to achieve the effect you desired, for example if an insufficient amount of fatty tissue was removed
- The breasts not looking the way you expected them to after the procedure
- Depression as a result of unsuccessful surgery
How can we help?
When the cosmetic surgeon or clinic is responsible for an error during a surgical procedure, a claim can be made. Compensation could include damages for physical injury, psychological distress and restorative medical surgery, if necessary.
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 – that’s where we come in.
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.
We are here to fully establish the suffering that was caused by negligence, and guide you through the complicated process of claiming the compensation you deserve. With a long history at the forefront of this field, and a track record that speaks for itself, we are confident we can help you.