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Tummy tuck compensation claims

If you have experienced issues following your abdominoplasty surgery (commonly known as a tummy tuck) and think that the problems you faced were the fault of a negligent surgeon or clinic, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.

The compensation you may be entitled to could help you pay for restorative surgery as well as damages for any physical or psychological distress you suffered as a result of the tummy tuck going wrong.

Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors is a specialist UK law firm in the field of abdominoplasty 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 whether you can make a claim after your tummy tuck has gone wrong, get in touch with us today.

Call 0808 163 8266 or fill in the quick contact form below to request a call back.

Surgeons’ and clinics’ duty of care

Surgeons and clinics that carry out abdominoplasty procedures have a duty of care to ensure patients’ safety and wellbeing.

It is important that they are held accountable to this duty as when tummy tucks go wrong they can cause long lasting physical and psychological damage to the patient.

Clinics and surgeons are not only responsible for managing things that are reasonably preventable, but also for telling you about the complications that cannot be prevented.

If your clinic or surgeon has not fulfilled this duty of care, you may be eligible to make a claim for abdominoplasty compensation.

How can tummy tucks go wrong?

Abdominoplasty is most often undertaken to remove excess skin and fat from around the lower abdomen to achieve a flatter, more taut stomach.

Lots of patients who choose to have this surgery are looking to remove sagging, loose skin that is often caused by significant weight loss.

Most surgeries are carried out successfully and patients are happy with their results, but inevitably there are times when tummy tucks can go wrong.

There are a wide range of physical issues that surgical negligence can cause. We have successfully helped patients claim compensation after experiencing the below problems:

  • Excessive scarring
  • Incorrect positioning or loss of belly button
  • Nerve damage
  • Swelling that does not subside for months

Signs of negligence

After undergoing a tummy tuck, patients should allow a recovery period of three to four weeks before deciding whether to make a claim for compensation.

Abdominoplasty is a major operation so some pain, swelling and discomfort is to be expected following surgery. However, if symptoms persist following this recovery period, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.

Some common signs of negligence are:

  • Skin contour deformity due to insufficient removal of excess tissue
  • Puckering of the skin around the scar line
  • Persistent pain in the abdominal area
  • Seroma - fluid collecting around the wound

How can we help?

If you have experienced any of the issues listed above following your tummy tuck surgery, get in touch with our team to discuss the details of your case.

Regulations within the cosmetic surgery industry are very inconsistent, so it can be hard to understand your legal position if you have experienced negligence from a surgeon or clinic. But Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors can support you in your claim for compensation following an unsuccessful abdominoplasty.

Has your tummy tuck surgery left you with questions and concerns about the success of your procedure? If so, contact us today.

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About tummy tuck surgery

This procedure is undertaken to remove surplus skin and fat around the abdomen area to attain a flatter, more taut stomach. Most people who choose to have this surgery are looking to remove sagging, loose skin, sometimes caused by significant weight loss.

There are three main methods of tummy tuck surgery.

Surgery Process Guide to Standard Abdominoplasty

A standard abdominoplasty is one of the most common techniques used to create a slimmer, tighter stomach, and is performed under general anaesthetic.

Step by step process guide

  1. Your surgeon will give you a general anaesthetic which will put you to sleep for the operation.
  2. Firstly, the surgeon will make an incision along the lower abdomen, from hipbone to hipbone.
  3. In some cases, the surgeon will make an incision around the belly button.
  4. The contouring process then begins, in which the surgeon will tighten the muscles in the stomach and remove the excess skin and fatty deposits.
  5. Liposuction techniques may be administered to remove all fatty deposits.
  6. The skin is then stretched down and the incision closed.
  7. An incision is made around the navel for the belly button to be repositioned.

Complications / Negligence Signs

  • Excessive scarring
  • Loss of belly-button or off-centre repositioning
  • Nerve damage, which can lead to a loss of sensation

Surgery process guide to partial or ‘mini’ abdominoplasty

This is not as invasive as other tummy tuck techniques, as the belly button is not moved. It is recommended for people who have surplus skin and fat located in the mid to lower abdomen, and is either performed under general or local anaesthetic.

Step by step process guide

  1. You will be given either a general or local anaesthetic.
  2. The surgeon will make one small incision slightly above the pubic area.
  3. The surgeon will then begin to tighten the muscles and remove any excess fat.
  4. Liposuction techniques can sometimes used to remove excess fatty tissue.
  5. After this, the surgeon will stretch the skin downwards towards the incision, removing any excess tissue.
  6. The incision is then stitched.
  7. A temporary drainage tube may be placed in the incision area.

Complications / Negligence Signs

  • Excessive scarring along the lower abdomen
  • Persistent pain in the abdominal area – if symptoms worsen, seek medical advice.

Extended abdominoplasty

The procedure for an extended tummy tuck involves the removal of skin and fat from the lower abdomen under general anaesthetic, while also removing tissue from the back, waist and upper thighs to reshape the abdominal area.

Then, as with all tummy procedures, the muscular wall is readjusted, the upper skin is pulled taut downwards to cover the incision, and a new opening is made for the navel.

Step by step process guide

  1. You will be given a general anaesthetic by your surgeon.
  2. The surgeon will make an incision along the lower abdomen, extending the opening around the sides and lower back. The incision will remove the naval.
  3. If the surgeon is contouring your thighs, they will make an incision and remove any surplus fatty tissue and skin.
  4. The reconstruction process then begins, in which the surgeon will tighten the muscles in the stomach and remove the excess skin and fatty deposits in the stomach, sides and upper thighs.
  5. The abdomen skin is then pulled down taut and stitched closed, giving you a more toned looking stomach, and the same process is repeated with the upper thighs.
  6. Next, the surgeon will create a new opening for the navel.
  7. Fluid drains are inserted and a firm dressing is wrapped around the stomach.

Complications / Negligence Signs

  • Swelling, which may not subside for many months.
  • Off-centre repositioning of the navel.
  • Seroma – fluid collecting around the wound.

What can go wrong?

Having undergone a tummy tuck procedure, you should allow a recovery period of three weeks or so before moving forward with making a claim as some pain is common following surgery.

However, patients can experience a variety of symptoms that might indicate negligence by the surgeon. Some of the more common issues are listed below:

  • The umbilicus or belly button being incorrectly positioned
  • Inappropriate scarring
  • Skin contour deformity in the treatment area due to insufficient removal of excess tissue
  • Puckering of the skin around the abdominal scar line
  • Nerve damage, which can lead to a loss of sensation
  • Persistent pain in the abdominal area
  • Seroma – fluid collecting around the wound

If you have experienced any of these complications – or even an issue that’s not listed above – following your surgery, get in touch with us today to discuss the details of your case.

How can we help?

The cosmetic surgery industry in the UK is inadequately regulated. Not only does that mean you are at risk of being unnecessarily harmed by unqualified professionals or those with low standards, but it may also mean it is difficult to know where to turn if something does go wrong.

But that’s where we can help.

We can guide you through the entire compensation claims process and put you in a great position to receive the financial award you deserve for your suffering.

This is because of our combination of experience and expertise. We were the first legal firm established in England and Wales specifically focusing on this area of the law. As a result, over the years, we have developed an unrivalled knowledge of cases of this kind.

Led by Michael Saul, one of the UK’s leading experts in this field, 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 in the process.

We are here to establish both who was responsible for the complications of your surgery, as well as how they have affected your life. With us on your side, you have a fantastic chance of recovering the compensation you are entitled to.

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