Hair Transplant Claims
Have you suffered as a result of negligent treatment during a hair transplant? If so, the experts at Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors can help you make a claim for compensation.
Botched hair transplants can have a serious impact on a person’s physical appearance and, consequently, their confidence. Some patients are so unhappy with the results that they choose to have further treatment in order to correct the original procedure.
Considering the cost and pain associated with such treatments, patients who have fallen victim to negligence should not have to suffer in silence. The compensation that we can help you secure could help you access corrective surgery from an experienced and skilled surgeon, and allow you to get your life back on track.
Having claimed more than £3 million for our clients to date, we will give you the best possible chance of recovering what you deserve.
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About hair transplant surgery
Hair transplant surgery is a procedure in which a narrow strip of scalp is removed from the back of the head and transplanted to an area of the head with little or no hair.
This procedure is based on the principle that follicles taken from one part of the body and implanted in another will grow for as long as they would have grown in their original location. The surgery can be suitable for people suffering from male pattern baldness, alopecia and women’s baldness, to name but a few ailments.
How does it work?
Hair transplant surgery is normally performed under local anaesthetic and the process can last between three and eight hours, depending on the number of hair grafts that need to be made. With 100,000 hairs on average on a man’s head, the surgeon moves about 7,000 hairs during one procedure.
The main method of performing this kind of surgery follows the process below:
- Your scalp is cleaned by the surgeon, before a local anaesthetic is injected to numb the small section of scalp that is going to be removed
- The surgeon uses a scalpel to remove the strip of scalp
- The scalp is then sewn shut and immediately concealed by the hair surrounding it
- The surgeon then prepares the grafts: the strip of scalp is split into between 50 and 2,000 minuscule grafts that contain either an individual hair or a small cluster of around two or three hairs. The number of grafts made will depend on a number of factors including hair colour, quality and the size of the transplantation area
- The area of scalp where the hair grafts will be placed is cleaned and numbed (with a local anaesthetic)
- The surgeon then makes minuscule slits and holes with a needle and carefully plants each graft into a hole
What can go wrong?
As with any surgical procedure, there is always the risk of something going wrong. Following hair transplantation surgery, it can take up to four months for the hair to start to grow.
It may be a further six months before a patient can realistically assess the result of the procedure.
While some risks associated with the procedure are unavoidable, there are some issues that arise due to the negligence of the surgeon. Common complications include:
- Inappropriate scarring around the donor area
- Improperly implanted grafts
- Inappropriate advice regarding likely outcome
Why make a claim?
Many people choose hair transplants as a way to boost their confidence and self esteem. So when it goes wrong, and you’re left looking worse than before due to the negligence of someone who is supposed to be an expert in the area, you deserve to be compensated.
Errors made by your cosmetic surgeon can lead to permanent disfigurement and emotional distress, preventing you from living your life as you once did. Making a claim for compensation not only allows you to begin rebuilding your life, but can also prevent the surgeon from inflicting the same damage onto other people.
All medical practitioners, including cosmetic surgeons, are obliged to take all reasonable precautions to safeguard their patients’ safety while they are in their clinical care.
To bring a successful claim, it must be proved that the surgeon was at fault during the procedure and that they did not provide medical care that could be reasonably expected of a competent medical professional.
It must then be proved that this fault caused the emotional suffering and physical pain that patient is now suffering. This is called ‘avoidable harm’.
This can be a time consuming and complicated process, which is why you need a team of experienced solicitors on your side. We were the first legal practice in England and Wales established solely to defend victims of cosmetic surgery negligence and have recovered millions of pounds for our clients to date.
We also work on a no win, no fee basis, meaning there is no financial risk for you if you lose your claim.