The cosmetic surgery industry has seen a boom in popularity in recent years with many new surgeries opening, and more people than ever looking to take advantage of greater choice over where and with which doctor they have their work done. However, with increased competition comes the temptation to cut corners and this leads in some cases to negligence, failed surgeries and suffering on behalf of patients.
Although the cosmetic industry is not as heavily regulated as other areas of healthcare, those who operate within it still have an obligation to deliver a certain standard of care and if they fail to do this then compensation could be claimed.
Breast augmentation is among the most popular forms of cosmetic surgery in the UK with the Department of Health estimating around 30,000 cases are performed each year. However, sometimes complications can arise and failed breast augmentation is among one of the most common types of surgery for a claim to arise from. Examples of this include uneven implants where one implant is larger or differently shaped to another, excessive scarring, loss of sensation and rupturing of implants. Other common procedures include forehead lifts, hair replacement, rhinoplasty (nose surgery), skin resurfacing and otoplasty (ear surgery).
Negligence might occur because of the use of defective materials, failure to provide proper information before the surgery, poor aftercare provisions or because the surgeon failed to provide the level of technique or skill expected. If it can be proven that this was due to negligence then a case for compensation could be made.
If you have suffered negligent surgery or treatment then you should seek professional advice from a legal expert.
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