The cosmetic surgery industry is rapidly expanding. As a result, procedures are no longer just for those wealthy few. These procedures are frequently offered in buy-one-get-one-free and group deals and are routinely available on many high streets. The overall standard of surgery is usually very high. However, there are the odd few cases where the cosmetic surgery has gone horribly wrong. In the unfortunate event that something does go wrong, you may have a cosmetic surgery claim.
Types of cosmetic surgery
Nowadays, there is a range of treatments and surgeries available to an ever more image-conscious society.
- Breast enlargement
- Breast reduction
- Facelift (rhytidectomy)
- Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)
- Nose reshaping (rhinoplasty)
- Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty)
Risks of surgery
Non-surgical procedures such as dermal fillers, Botox and laser hair and tattoo removal have become increasingly popular in recent years. Botox, for example, does not require surgical treatment, however, its inappropriate use can carry risks. Normal side effects are headaches, flu-like symptoms, dry or teary eyes. Uncommon and more serious side effects include muscle pains all over the body, vision problems or problems with speech.
Dermal fillers can lead to bruising and swelling. They may also cause permanent damage to eyesight if carried out by an untrained individual. In extreme cases, they can cause gangrene if they block blood vessels.
Consider the options
People often lack the proper information to make a fully informed choice about cosmetic surgery. As always, prevention is cheaper than the cure. To avoid a mishap with your cosmetic surgery, it is essential to do some background research on your surgeon or clinic. A simple check of their credentials might avoid a more serious problem (and a potential cosmetic surgery claim) if it all goes wrong.
Here are our top tips for things to consider before undergoing surgery:
- Ask about the surgeon’s experience. Are they qualified to carry out the treatment? Furthermore, have they been registered with the relevant regulatory body?
- Do you know whether or not the surgeon / clinic is insured?
- Is the registration up to date?
- Have any tests been taken before starting a treatment?
- Will they keep your treatment records?
- Ask yourself, does it sound too good to be true? If it is cheap and available at short notice, it probably is!
We have dealt with many a cosmetic surgery claim. From our own experience, the client who has taken their time choosing their surgeon / clinic generally stands a much better chance of a claim succeeding if the treatment has gone wrong. We often find ourselves turning clients away when we discover their therapist is not insured, or has mysteriously vanished. This leaves the poor client with sometimes permanent injuries and no compensation for the damage and pain caused.
Have you undergone cosmetic surgery which has gone wrong? Get in contact with our specialist team. After all, it can’t hurt to ask whether you have a valid claim for injury or a refund. Contact our team on 0800 988 7756 for a FREE initial consultation.