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Cosmetic surgery has become increasingly popular in the UK, with over 31,000 cosmetic procedures carried out in 2022. Unfortunately, there are instances when these procedures go wrong, leading to physical and emotional distress. Victims of cosmetic surgery negligence may be eligible to pursue a compensation claim to seek justice and financial support for their suffering. 

Friends Legal understands the impact of cosmetic negligence, and our team is here to provide compassionate support and expert legal guidance. For immediate assistance, contact our experienced solicitors on 0333 3580 583

What is Negligent Cosmetic Surgery?

Cosmetic surgery negligence is when a cosmetic surgeon or practitioner fails to meet the expected standard of care during a cosmetic procedure, resulting in avoidable harm to the patient. 

Types of Cosmetic Surgery Negligence

Whether it’s invasive surgeries or non-surgical treatments, a person can receive negligent care in many ways. While this list is not exhaustive, here are some examples that may warrant a cosmetic negligence claim: 

Surgical Errors

Surgical errors during cosmetic procedures can have severe consequences for patients, including:

  • Improper incisions, 
  • Damage to nerves, muscles, or organs, 
  • Incorrect placement of implants, or 
  • Use of faulty surgical equipment.

These errors can result in disfigurement, scarring, chronic pain, and the need for corrective surgeries. 

Use of Defective Products

Negligent cosmetic surgeries may be attributed to faulty products during the procedure. This can include using substandard implants, contaminated substances, or products that have been recalled due to safety concerns. 

If a patient suffers harm as a result of a defective product, both the manufacturer and the surgeon may be held responsible.

Inadequate Aftercare

Proper aftercare is essential for a successful recovery. Inadequate aftercare can lead to complications such as infections, delayed recovery, and prolonged pain. When a cosmetic practitioner fails to provide appropriate post-operative care, they may be liable for the resulting harm and the patient’s need for additional medical interventions. 

Lack of Informed Consent

Before undergoing any cosmetic procedure, patients have the right to be fully informed about the potential risks and alternative treatment options. A cosmetic surgeon must provide comprehensive information, so the patient can make an informed decision. If they fail to do so, it can be grounds for a cosmetic surgery negligence claim. 

Cosmetic Negligence Claims in Scotland

To pursue a cosmetic surgery claim in Scotland, it is necessary to prove that the surgeon or medical professional failed to provide the expected standard of care, resulting in harm or personal injury

Common Cosmetic Procedures 

Cosmetic surgery negligence can occur in various procedures. In the UK, some of the most popular surgical procedures include: 

  • Breast augmentation: Enhancing the size of breasts through implants or fat transfer 
  • Breast reduction: Making breasts smaller by removing excess fat and skin
  • Abdominoplasty: Also known as a ‘tummy tuck’ to reduce excess skin
  • Liposuction: Removing fat from areas like the stomach, thighs, and buttocks
  • Blepharoplasty: Eye surgery to remove excess skin from the eyelids
  • Rhinoplasty: Changing the shape of your nose to improve breathing or appearance
  • Otoplasty: Changing the size or shape of your ear, also known as ‘ear pinning’

If you or someone you know has undergone one of the above surgeries and are looking to make a cosmetic negligence claim, our team is here to provide the expertise and guidance you require. 

How to Establish Negligence for Cosmetic Claims

To pursue a cosmetic surgery negligence claim, it is necessary to prove that the surgeon or medical professional failed to provide the expected standard of care, resulting in harm or injury. 

You must also prove that you suffered damages due to cosmetic negligence. This can be physical injuries, emotional distress, medical expenses, loss of earnings, or any other financial losses incurred. 

Working with an experienced cosmetic negligence lawyer will ensure all necessary steps are taken to establish negligence and pursue a successful claim. Friends Legal is dedicated to helping you obtain your rightful compensation for cosmetic surgery.  

No Win, No Fee 

Typically, when someone comes to us after experiencing a negligent cosmetic procedure, they have already paid out a substantial amount of money for the procedure itself and, in some cases, corrective surgery afterwards. 

That is why we offer our clients a ‘No Win, No Fee’ arrangement so you can pursue your claim immediately without an additional financial burden. 

Time Limits for Cosmetic Surgery Claims

In Scotland, the general time limit for filing a cosmetic claim is three years from the incident date or the date of realising the negligence. Prompt legal advice is crucial to ensure your claim falls within these timeframes. 

Cosmetic Negligence Legal Advice — Speak With Our Clinical Negligence Solicitors Today 

If you or someone you know has experienced cosmetic surgery negligence and are seeking compensation as a result, our team is on hand to help. We have a friendly and empathetic approach to clinical negligence cases, and always strive to ease your stress.  

If you would like to speak to one of our specialist cosmetic claims solicitors, call us directly on 0333 3580 583, or you can complete the online enquiry, and we’ll call at a time that works best for you. 

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