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Liposuction Claims

Have you suffered as a result of negligent treatment by a surgeon or clinic during a liposuction procedure? If so, the team of experts at Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors is here to help you claim the compensation you deserve.

Working on a no win, no fee basis, we have successfully recovered more than £3 million for our clients, and have a 95% success rate on all cases we have pursued after obtaining medical evidence. The financial award that our team could help you win can go towards specialist treatment, and restorative surgery to get your confidence back again.

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If you have experienced problems following surgery and think they are the result of negligence, talk to our expert cosmetic surgery negligence team today. Call 0800 634 0285 or request a callback by completing the contact form below.

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Liposuction explained

Liposuction, technically referred to as lipoplasty or liposculpture, is a cosmetic surgery procedure which removes excess fat cells from particular areas of the body. This procedure is used predominantly for those common areas where fat deposits typically build up, including: the abdomen, hips, buttocks and thighs. The surgery is best used for parts of the body that are particularly resistant to exercise and diet.

Types of liposuction procedure

Liposuction is usually performed under general anaesthetic, although in some cases local anaesthetic, combined with sedation can be used. This surgical technique usually takes one to two hours, dependent on the treatment area and how much fat is being removed.

During the procedure, a small incision is made in the treatment area and the surgeon inserts a thin plastic tube or cannula under the skin to remove the fat efficiently via a powerful vacuuming device. The surgeon then sews up the remaining incisions. There are multiple liposculpture techniques and the most popular ones are outlined below:

Tumescent liposuction
This is the most common form of liposuction. A local anaesthetic is applied to the area being treated before surgery, which is made up of the following steps:

  • The surgeon will mark out the area to be treated with a pen
  • Next, the surgeon will inject the treatment area with a liquid combination of anaesthetic, salt solution and epinephrine (this is to lessen surgical blood loss and swelling)
  • The surgeon will make a very small incision on the treatment area
  • A microcannula (small plastic tube) is inserted into the incision. This tube is attached to a vacuum machine. The tube moves back and forth in the treatment location to loosen the fat deposits and suck it out
  • After the fat has been sucked out, the surgeon will use drainage tubes to eliminate surplus blood and fluid

Water jet assisted lipoplasty
This involves the injection of fluid similar to the one used in tumescent liposuction. This time, however, a pressurised steam of water is used to loosen the fat cells. The procedure is as follows:

  • The treatment area will be marked out with a pen by the surgeon
  • The treatment area is then injected with the tumescent fluid (this is to lessen surgical blood loss and swelling)
  • The surgeon then makes an incision into the treatment area
  • Instead of using a microcannula, the surgeon uses a steam of water to pulse the fat cells until they break down and are removed
  • Finally, the surgeon will remove any persisting fluid

Laser liposuction
This is less invasive than the other forms of liposculpture and leaves less scarring. A fibre optic laser is built into the cannula and the beam from the laser breaks down the fat cells, liquefying them. The fat is removed by low-level suction.

The surgery should proceed as follows:

  • The surgeon will mark out the area to be treated with a pen
  • Next, the surgeon will inject the treatment area with a liquid combination of anaesthetic, salt solution and epinephrine (this is to lessen surgical blood loss and swelling)
  • The surgeon will make a very small incision on the treatment area
  • A microcannula (small plastic tube) is inserted into the incision. This tube is attached to a vacuum machine. The tube moves back and forth in the treatment location to loosen the fat deposits and suck it out
  • After the fat has been sucked out, the surgeon will use drainage tubes to eliminate surplus blood and fluid

What can go wrong?

Patients may not be able to fully see the results of liposuction until the inflammation has subsided, which in some cases may take several months.

However, if you think you may have fallen victim of a negligence procedure, here are some of the typical difficulties you may encounter:

  • Poor body shape or contour deformity
  • Nerve damage or numbness
  • Bumpy asymmetric skin after the fat has been removed

Surgeons and clinics have a responsibility to their patients to provide a service that meets a certain standard. If you feel that hasn’t happened and you have suffered as a result, you are entitled to claim for compensation.

Why should I claim compensation?

Most liposuction procedures are carried out without any complications and the patient may see notable improvements in their appearance. However, if something goes wrong, the outcome can be physically and emotionally distressing, leading to further serious problems.

The appropriate financial compensation can go towards reconstructive surgery and aid your physical and mental recovery from the botched surgery. Not only that, but it can stop the offending surgeon or clinic making the same mistake with other patients in the future.

HOW CAN WE HELP?

Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors is the first legal practice in England and Wales solely dedicated to victims of cosmetic surgery negligence.

As one the UK’s leading experts in this field, we are well placed for delivering the best results for patients who have suffered from poor care. We boast a highly impressive success rate in the clinical negligence cases we have taken on, and consequently have been able to recover more than £3 million for our clients to date.

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