Types of cosmetic surgery claims
Breast enlargement surgery claims
Having breast enlargement surgery is an important and very serious decision. With all operations, no matter how routine they are, there are risks and it is vital, before going ahead, that you are fully aware of those risks and the limits of what the surgery can achieve.
Breast augmentation surgery will rarely achieve the perfect set of breasts. It is important that prior to the operation that you were fully informed as failure to do so may result in a lack of informed consent.
Breast reduction surgery claims
Sadly not all of these operations are successfully carried out and in some instances, patients receive negligent treatment. There may also be a lack of informed consent, as above.
If you or a loved one have undergone breast enlargement or reduction surgery and are suffering as a result of negligent treatment, we urge you to get in touch with our team of experts. Call 0808 164 0808 free today.
Brow lift surgery claims
Although a brow lift is a relatively minor procedure, the outcome of it can change a lot more than just the appearance of a person’s brow or forehead. When carried out correctly, it may also improve an individual’s confidence and self-esteem. However, sometimes the actual results may differ from the desired outcome and the treatment may on occasions be carried out negligently.
Psychological issues may also result from the negligent procedure. Our cosmetic surgery solicitors understand this and can also advise on lack of informed consent issues.
Cosmetic dentistry claims
Some cosmetic dental treatments are more invasive than others and dentists are meant to make it clear to their patients about the precise nature of the treatment, and how long the cosmetic dental treatment could last.
Find out more about how we help people who have suffered at the hands of cosmetic dentistry negligence, and wider dental negligence >>
Eyelid surgery claims
Eyelid surgery is usually performed at the request of a patient to improve their cosmetic appearance. However, the procedure is also used to improve sight for people whose vision is affected by their upper lids or they experience poor eyelid function and discomfort.
Anyone opting for eyelid surgery should be advised fully of what the procedure will entail, as well as a discussion about medical history and expectations. There should also be a detailed discussion that fully explains the risks of the procedure. Failure to discuss the risks of the surgery may result in a lack of informed consent.
As a result of negligent surgery or care following a cosmetic procedure resulting in physical damage, there can also be an element of psychological damage. Our expert solicitors understand this and can advise you accordingly.
A ‘facelift’, known medically as a rhytidectomy, is an elective cosmetic procedure and can exert huge trauma on the face. The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons has noted a steady increase in these sorts of operations, in men as well as in women.
This demand for elective cosmetic surgery has meant that some unscrupulous surgeons are trying to carry out these operations without the required care and attention, in the hope of making some quick money.
If a facelift is performed negligently, it can also leave patients with a long-lasting psychological injury. As with any surgery, there are always risks, and it is the surgeon’s job to make sure the patient understands the procedure and the potential risks. Failure to advise a patient of the risks is referred to as a lack of informed consent.
Gastric band surgery claims
Compensation claims for gastric band surgery can take a number of forms. We have vast experience in this area and have dealt with very serious cases of gastric band negligence.
Find out more about how we can help people with weight loss surgery claims relating to negligence during treatment >>
Laser skin resurfacing claim
Laser skin resurfacing is a one day procedure and undertaken by a specialised dermatologist or plastic surgeon. A surgeon has a duty to advise you whether this procedure is suitable for you depending on your skin type and health and also to inform you of certain medication not to take for a period before and after the procedure. The surgeon also has a duty to provide you with antibiotics to prevent bacterial infections.
The implications of a negligent laser skin resurfacing treatment can be distressing for the individual particularly if they have some form of permanent disfigurement, which may also cause a psychological injury.
Rhinoplasty (nose job) claims
There are several nose alteration procedures that deal with an individual’s concerns including, reducing the size of the nose, changing the shape of the nose, increasing or decreasing the size of the nostrils and smoothing lumps and bumps.
It is important that your surgeon has explained the risks and complications of the procedure and how they would be treated if they occurred. It is also important that your surgeon has discussed the likelihood of achieving the desired end result. Many claims arise as a result of lack of informed consent being provided to a patient prior to an operation.
Tummy tuck claims
Your surgeon should discuss with you what will happen before, during and after your procedure, and any pain you might experience. Many tummy tuck compensation claims follow as a result of lack of informed consent from a patient prior to surgery.
We understand that the physical and emotional aspects of negligent cosmetic surgery can be difficult for our clients. In addition to seeking financial compensation, we will discuss with you the options of bringing a claim for corrective treatment and counselling.
Botox and other non-surgical cosmetic procedures
Non-surgical beauty and cosmetic treatments are increasingly popular for both men and women; often these treatments are carried out appropriately, however, occasionally the treatment can be substandard causing harm.
Botox or dermal fillers
Botox is one of the most popular non-surgical beauty and cosmetic treatments in the UK. It is important that botox injections and dermal fillers are administered correctly otherwise allergic reactions causing problems to breathing, speaking or swallowing can occur; other injuries can include blurred vision, drooping eyelids and excessive numbness.
If a beauty therapist provides a substandard level of treatment it can result in eye injuries such as a scratched cornea, eye infection or chemical burn.
If the hairdresser fails to assess the risk of an adverse reaction to the hair dye then it could result in damage to the hair or the scalp.
Skin treatments (facials)
Skin treatments can result in an allergic reaction which can in some instances cause permanent scarring. If the beautician, health spa or salon failed to assess the risk of an adverse reaction to the chemicals used in the beauty treatment then there may be a breach in the ‘Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002’ act, which is a criminal offence. In addition to the potential criminal offence, the injured individual may have a right to claim compensation against the beautician, health spa or salon for any personal injury or psychological injury caused, corrective treatment or financial losses incurred as a result of the fault of another.
Laser skin resurfacing treatments
If reasonable care is not taken laser skin resurfacing can result in bleaching, burns, scarring or a change to the pigmentation in the skin.
Semi-permanent make-up, tattooing and body piercings
Any beauty or cosmetic treatment that breaks the skin carries the risk of infection and other complications. Thankfully, regulation of the industry now means that Tattoo Parlours are required to register with the local authority and many carry public liability insurance to cover accident or injury claims. Allergic reactions to dyes and infections can occur if the Tattoo Parlour is not kept sterile; rarely is it possible for blood-borne diseases to be transmitted as a result of these cosmetic treatments. Body piercings if carried out incorrectly can also result in muscle damage or blood poisoning.
Wax treatments for areas such as the bikini line, eyebrows and legs are common at beauticians, health spas or salons. However, if carried out incorrectly it can result in a burn or tear of the skin.