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Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic surgery is any surgery where there is no specific health gain. It is usually where you choose to change the appearance, colour or position of bodily features. The surgery is almost exclusively undertaken in the private sector where you are paying often significant sums of money. It is therefore even more important for you to be advised properly as to the risks of treatment and any alternative options. Problems often arise when the outcome is not what was expected and can often mean that corrective or remedial surgery is needed at extra cost.

There are increasing numbers of clinics advertising cosmetic surgery, anti-ageing procedures, permanent make-up, laser treatments, aesthetic clinics offering anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, etc. With the huge growth of such services has come an increase in unsuccessful surgery and poor outcomes which can leave you extremely vulnerable.

Statistics for the number of cosmetic surgical procedures in the UK are as follows:-

2010 – 38374
2014 – >45000

[source BAAPS]

We have many specialists in cosmetic negligence cases and can advise you as to whether you have a claim. If you do, it is possible to reclaim the cost of any corrective surgery as part of the overall claim against the negligent surgeon.

Common cosmetic surgery claims with which we deal are:

  • Breast enlargement/breast reduction
  • Blepharoplasty (eye lift surgery)
  • Rhinoplasty (nose reshaping/nose-job)
  • Pinnaplasty(also known as Otoplasty,ear-pinning or re-shaping)
  • Face lifts
  • Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)
  • Liposuction
  • Cosmetic dental procedures (see dental negligence)
  • Hair transplant surgery
  • Botulinum Toxin injections(“Botox”)
  • Filler injections

You may have visited a clinic in the UK to find out about a procedure but had the surgery outside of the UK where there has been little or no after-care and the surgeon is refusing to reply. We have dealt with such situations and can help you trace the surgeon and his or her insurers and the clinic in the UK who arranged the surgery in order to recover compensation for you.

We understand that, in addition to the physical outcome, there may also be a psychological trauma effect, as the results may be disfiguring and cosmetically embarrassing.

Unfortunately there is no formal regulation and almost anyone can set up a clinic and offer treatment.However there are some safeguards.We will check whether the surgeon is registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) and the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS).There are guidelines issued by BAAPS and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence(NICE) against which the surgeon’s competence can be assessed.

We will also check whether the surgeon is insured or has the backing of a union(MDU/MPS) in order to meet a claim for compensation.

Our Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors are backed by nearly four decades of experience. Our legal practice and team of Medical Negligence Solicitors have a strong track record of achieving the best possible compensation claims. For expert legal advice use our contact form or call us on 0808 250 6017 today.

Useful Links

General Medical Council – www.gmc-uk.org
Medical Defence Union – www.themdu.com
Medical Protection Society – www.medicalprotection.org
BAAPS – www.baaps.org.uk
NICE- www.nice.org.uk