Clinical Negligence During Cosmetic Surgery: The Facts

If you are being treated by a healthcare professional, you’re putting yourself into their hands.

They’re trained in this field, you’ve a right to expect excellence. This is why- in the rare instances where things go wrong- it’s all the more devastating.

This is equally applicable in cases of cosmetic surgery. If you’ve had to have a breast reduction due to heavy, painful breasts or rhinoplasty due to self consciousness, you trusted your surgeon to do the job correctly. You were led to believe that your problems were over. If you’ve become the victim of an inexperienced surgeon, it can be incredibly traumatic. The projected cure has become a nightmare. Some patients may tell themselves it was their fault for being ‘shallow’, or think that complications are an inevitable part of cosmetic surgery.

You shouldn’t allow yourself to believe this for a moment. Your surgeon should have had the experience and skills they advertised. Although complications do occasionally arise, they should have been caught and treated in time. Why should you have to suffer for somebody else’s mistake?

To cite a high profile case: the actress Lesley Ash had silicone injected into her upper lip in 2002. A standard cosmetic procedure, it went horribly wrong- her lip swelled to twice its normal size. The media refused to leave her alone, believing she had wanted to look this way, saddling her with the cruel name of ‘trout pout.’ It had a detrimental effect on her career and almost caused her to have a breakdown. She didn’t have closure on this chapter of her life till 2006, when she appeared in a documentary about cosmetic surgery.

As Lesley’s story illustrates, the fallout from clinical negligence can be harrowing. Far from being a superficial issue, it can cause victims to suffer from anxiety and depression, affecting their ability to work. Other people’s ignorant attitudes may make the matter even worse.

If you have suffered as a result of cosmetic surgery, you’re as worthy of respect and consideration as any other patient, and may be entitled to clinical negligence compensation. Blackwater Law will discuss your case with you, and help you decide what your next step should be so contact us today on 0800 083 5500.