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Cosmetic Surgery & Beauty Treatment Negligence Claims

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As procedures become more affordable, many more of us are electing to undergo cosmetic surgery and beauty treatments. Yet all cosmetic and beauty procedures come with risks, particularly surgeries, with common complications ranging from infections and scarring to implant failure or even nerve or organ damage. Unfortunately, these risks have only increased with the growth of the cosmetic treatments market, with serious concerns raised about industry standards and the dangers involved.

While little can make up for the distress caused if something does go wrong during a cosmetic treatment, we are entitled to claim compensation for the injuries and loss we suffer as a result of another person’s negligence. Damages can be claimed for the physical and psychological injuries incurred, as well as associated losses and costs, such as for any corrective treatment or procedures we have to undergo and time taken off work to rehabilitate.

At Kerr Brown, our friendly and dedicated staff are recognised experts in personal injury claims. We always strive to exceed the expectations of our clients, providing an effective, professional and personal service. Known as leaders in our specialist practice areas, including cosmetic surgery and beauty treatment claims, our firm continues to grow its reputation and client-base, helping people get the compensation and justice they deserve. Please contact us for more information.

Types of cosmetic surgery & beauty treatment claims

Whether we want to increase, improve or reduce a part of our body, there are many different types of cosmetic surgeries and beauty treatments now available to us owing to medical innovations. Unfortunately, this also means that there are many different types of cosmetic surgery and beauty treatment injuries that can be the subject of a negligence claim, whether caused by wrongly performed surgeries or treatments or by poor aftercare.

Our specialist personal injury lawyers have experience assisting clients make all manner of cosmetic negligence claims. Below are just some of the most common cosmetic surgery claims we have helped clients with. If your procedure or injury isn’t listed below such as cryolipolysis (fat freezing) or blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), our clinical and medical negligence claims solicitors will still be able to help. Please contact us for more information.

Breast Reduction & Implants Claims

Mammoplasty covers some of the most common cosmetic surgical procedures performed in the UK, such as:

  • Boob jobs, also known as a breast implants
  • Breast reductions, also known as reduction mammoplasty
  • Breast lifts, also known as mastopexy

These popular surgical procedures are aimed at reshaping or modifying the appearance of the breasts. However, things can and do go wrong. Injuries commonly caused by negligently performed cosmetic breast surgery that may entitle the victim to compensation include:

  • Asymmetrical shape or position
  • Capsular contracture – scar tissue that forms around breast implants causing breasts to harden
  • Unnecessary scarring
  • Infection
  • Implant rupture or deflation
  • Haematoma (blood clots)
  • Loss of nipple sensation

Find out more about making a breast reduction or implant claim in Scotland, and how our specialist clinical and medical negligence solicitors can help, below.

Facelift Claims

Rhytidectomy covers procedures aimed at removing wrinkles and other signs of aging from the face, such as:

  • Facelifts
  • Brow or forehead lifts, also known as browplasty
  • Cheek lifts, also known as midface lift or cheek implants

These procedures can be carried out according to many different surgical techniques and methods but usually involve removing excess facial skin and then redraping the skin that remains on the face and neck. Such invasive procedures can be risky, and if carried out negligently can cause injuries that may justify a compensation award, for instance:

  • Damage to facial nerves, which can be temporary or permanent
  • Skin loss, also known as necrosis, requiring a skin graft
  • Infection
  • Hair loss (such as alopecia) or hairline distortion
  • Haematoma (blood clots)

Find out more about making a facelift claim in Scotland, and how our specialist clinical and medical negligence solicitors can help, below.

Laser Skin Resurfacing Claims

Laser skin resurfacing or rejuvenation is a cosmetic treatment aimed at making the pores on the face less deep so as to give a more youthful appearance. Laser procedures are non-invasive and can be ablative (destroys the epidermis) or non-ablative (does not destroy the epidermis), involving a beam of radiation being directed onto areas of the face (such as to remove wrinkles around the mouth, nose or eyes) or the entire facial surface.

If a laser skin resurfacing procedure goes wrong and an injury is suffered as a result, it may be possible to claim compensation, for example, if you suffer:

  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Burns and/or blisters
  • Changes to skin colour or pigmentation

Find out more about making a laser skin resurfacing or rejuvenation claim in Scotland, and how our specialist clinical and medical negligence solicitors can help, below.

Nose Reshaping Claims

Nose jobs, also known as rhinoplasty, which are aimed at reconstructing the shape of the nose, are also one of the most common cosmetic surgical procedures performed in the UK. They can be carried out for aesthetic reasons or to resolve nasal problems, such as narrow nostrils, or correct injuries. Nose jobs can be carried out according to invasive surgical procedures or non-surgical procedures, such as those involving injectable fillers.

While nose jobs are commonly performed without complications, patients can suffer avoidable injuries that may warrant a claim being made for compensation, for example if they suffer:

  • Infection
  • Scarring, including adhesions that require further surgery
  • Deformity, in respect of skin on the nose, if the bridge of the nose sinks or over-rotation or over-resection of the tip of the nose
  • Numbness
  • Loss of smell or taste
  • Perforation of the septum, leading to chronic nose bleeds or breathing difficulties
  • Haematoma (blood clots)

Find out more about making a nose reshaping claim in Scotland, and how our specialist clinical and medical negligence solicitors can help, below.

Ear Surgery Claims

Otoplasty covers surgical and non-surgical procedures aimed at reshaping the ear, such as:

  • Ear surgery, such as remodelling cartilage
  • Ear pinning, also known as otopexy, so that ears are closer to the head
  • Ear reduction, also known as macrotia

If a cosmetic ear procedure goes wrong because the surgeon was negligent, or aftercare insufficient, it may be possible to claim compensation. The most common injuries following ear surgery that can be caused by negligence and capable of forming a compensation claim include:

  • Asymmetrical ears
  • Overcorrection that cause unnatural contours
  • Infection, including suture complications
  • Haematoma (blood clots)

Find out more about making an ear surgery claim in Scotland, and how our specialist clinical and medical negligence solicitors can help, below.

Botox Claims

Having substances, such as dermal fillers and Botox, administered by facial injection is a commonly used, non-surgical treatment aimed at removing wrinkles and other signs of aging. When this treatment is being administered, it’s vital that the professional perform the procedure correctly and carefully. If they fail to do so, and their negligence causes you to suffer an injury, such as one of those listed directly below, then you may be entitled to make a Botox compensation claim. Common Botox injuries include:

  • Swelling
  • Numbness or loss of facial movement
  • Allergic reaction
  • Disfigurement
  • Nerve damage
  • Impaired vision or loss of sight

Find out more about making a Botox compensation claim in Scotland, and how our specialist clinical and medical negligence solicitors can help, below.

Tummy Tuck Claims

Tummy tucks, also known as abdominoplasty, are cosmetic operations aimed at firming or reshaping the abdomen by removing excess fat and skin. Although procedures are considered to be relatively safe, the risks they carry can be particularly serious or even life-threatening. If something does go wrong and that error, which is the result of negligence, causes an injury, it may be possible to seek compensation.

Injuries commonly caused by negligently performed tummy tucks that may entitle the victim to compensation include:

  • Infection
  • Haematoma (blood clots)
  • Scarring
  • Skin loss or dead fat cells, also known as necrosis
  • Numbness and nerve damage
  • Skin discolouration

Find out more about making a tummy tuck claim in Scotland, and how our specialist clinical and medical negligence solicitors can help, below.

Liposuction Claims

Liposuction, also known as suction lipectomy, is another of the most common cosmetic procedures performed in the UK. It involves using either a suction technique or ultrasonic energy to remove fat from the body. While it is generally considered a safe cosmetic procedure, complications are not uncommon. If complications are caused by the procedure being performed negligent, and the patient suffers an injury as a result, they may be entitled to claim compensation under the law of medical negligence.

Injuries commonly caused by negligently performed liposuction that may entitle the victim to compensation include:

  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Infection
  • Burns
  • Scars
  • Bumpy skin
  • Blood poisoning
  • Puncture of an internal organ, such as the intestines

Find out more about making a liposuction claim in Scotland, and how our specialist clinical and medical negligence solicitors can help, below.

How much compensation for a cosmetic surgery and beauty treatment injury?

How much compensation can be claimed for a cosmetic surgery or beauty treatment injury depends on the nature and severity of the injuries the error caused, as well as the particular circumstances and prevailing medical opinion surrounding the incident that caused it. For example, facial scarring can attract awards of between £1,300 and £74,000, depending on the severity of the injury and age of the injured person. Generally, financial awards seek to compensate the victim for their pain, suffering and the costs attributable to their injury, such as loss of earnings, loss of future earnings, travel costs and any other expenses incurred, such as corrective surgery, as a result of negligent cosmetic surgery or beauty treatment.

Making a cosmetic surgery and beauty treatment negligence claim in Scotland

To make a cosmetic surgery or beauty treatment claim, the injury must have been suffered within the last three years and the result of another person’s negligence. Whether or not a mistake was negligent is a key matter when making a cosmetic surgery claim. If compensation is to be awarded, it must be clearer established that the mistake was avoidable (i.e. the treatment received was below the standard that could be reasonably expected of a professional in that area of medicine) and directly caused injury.

The specialist personal injury solicitors at Kerr Brown have vast experience helping clients secure compensation following a beauty treatment or cosmetic surgery mistake or error. We work tirelessly to build a strong claim, gathering evidence and liaising with medical experts on behalf of our clients. We also have excellent negotiating and advocacy skills that allow us to present our clients’ claims in the strongest terms to secure them the maximum amount of compensation they are entitled to.

Contact Kerr Brown’s Cosmetic Surgery & Beauty Treatment Claims Lawyers Glasgow, Scotland Today

To find out how we can help you or a loved one make a compensation claim for negligent cosmetic surgery and beauty treatment, speak to our expert personal injury solicitors today on 0808 250 0769 (lines open between 9am and 5:30pm) or contact us via our online contact form.

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