Cosmetic Surgery Compensation Claim
Once thought to be only possible for Hollywood movie stars, the number of people undergoing cosmetic surgery in the UK has risen sharply in the last 10 years. If you are searching for a cosmetic surgery compensation claim solicitor then you have come to the right place.
What is cosmetic surgery?
The Department of Heath defines cosmetic surgery as ‘operations or other procedures that revise or change the appearance, colour, texture, structure or position of bodily features to achieve what patients perceive to be more desirable.’
Some examples of cosmetic surgery include breast augmentation, blepharoplasty (eye lid), face / neck lift, breast reduction, rhinoplasty (nose), abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and liposuction.
Cosmetic surgery differs from ‘normal surgery’ as, amongst other things, it is elective, it is sought to meet social or psychological desires rather than to cure pain or illness and it is usually carried out on a private basis which involves payment rather than through the NHS.
Females received 90% of all cosmetic procedures in 2010, the most popular procedure being a breast augmentation. However, the statistics also show that procedures for males are also on the increase with a rise of 28% of males undergoing a breast reduction in the same year.
Cosmetic surgery is very big business. In June 2010, it was estimated that the UK cosmetic surgery and non-surgical cosmetic procedure industry was estimated to be worth £2.3 billion, with in excess of £300 million being spent annually. It is not surprising therefore that where there is money to be made, there will be increased competition for business, which is not always a positive thing, especially when the industry lacks regulation.
Although the majority of patients benefit from the positive effects of cosmetic surgery, unfortunately, negligence in cosmetic procedures (both surgical and non-surgical) can and does occur. It goes without saying that as the number of procedures increase, so does the number of negligence claims.
Non-surgical procedures, such as dermal fillers, botox and laser hair removal are also on the rise and are estimated to account for around 90% of treatments. These sorts of procedures are often perceived by the general public to be minor procedures but they can also cause significant injury if carried out incorrectly. A survey by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons revealed that 25% of its members had carried out corrective surgery to patients following permanent filler complications.
You may have a cosmetic surgery claim for compensation in the following situations:
- You have suffered injury as a result of a procedure and the procedure was not performed to the expected standard;
- You have suffered a complication and you were not made aware of that specific risk (you failed to provide fully informed consent);
- The end result was not as you expected (or in accordance with the advertising / marketing campaigns you witnessed or were influenced by;
- The end result was not as you had agreed with the clinic;
- There was a failure by the clinic to provide adequate aftercare.
When negligence does occur, the consequences can be devastating. Suddenly, a procedure that was intended to improve your appearance and confidence, can result in pain, disfigurement and often psychological trauma.