Plastic surgery and the stats

Making the decision to have any form of cosmetic procedure is not one that is taken easily. It is a stressful and daunting process for individuals, which if something goes wrong can be devastating.

Like any surgery, cosmetic surgery comes with risks but the last thing expected from your surgeon is negligence which is why the effects of negligent cosmetic surgery can not only affect you physically but could also impact you emotionally, especially when the outcome of your treatment is not what you expected.

Whilst the latest figures released by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons in February 2021 showed a significant fall in the number of surgeries undertaken, due mainly to the Covid Pandemic, there were 15,405 surgical procedures carried out in 2020-2021 which was a decrease of 27% from the year before.

In 2021, women had 93% of all cosmetic procedures performed in the UK. According to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons statistics (BAAPS), the top surgical procedures for women in 2021 were:

  • Breast augmentation
  • Breast Reduction
  • Blepharoplasty (Eyelid surgery)

Each surgery undertaken must be properly considered, full and reasoned medical advice given as to the likely outcome of the surgery and risks of each procedure to be undertaken with reasonable care. Following surgery, reasonable care must also be taken to avoid any infection or other complications. The duty of care does not end when the surgery finishes.

cWhat may constitute cosmetic surgery negligence?

When bringing a claim for cosmetic surgery negligence it is required for the Claimant to prove;

  1. The clinician owes a duty of care.
  2. The clinician failed to carry out their responsibilities to an adequate standard and breached their duty to provide reasonable care.
  3. The suffering you are now dealing with is a direct consequence of the treatment you have received.

What may not constitute cosmetic surgery negligence

It is important to note that you may not be entitled to a claim simply because you are unhappy with the outcome of your cosmetic surgery. There is a difference between your being unsatisfied and being a victim of medical negligence. Often expectations can be very high for a good outcome and ultimately, all our bodies are different and respond differently to procedures. Though the outcome may not be that which was desired, it may be that there was no breach of a duty of care that led to this. This highlights the importance of the consenting process and outcome expectations at the outset of treatment.

How may a surgeon act negligently?

There could be many ways a surgeon may act negligently. This could be through failure to properly consent a patient to a procedure which may have led to their not und this if all the information had been provided.

It may be a failure to choose the right technique to perform an operation based on the patient’s individual needs. It may be poor technique during the surgery which led to an injury. It may be a failure to follow up correctly.

Who may be at fault?

If there are complications that are the fault of the healthcare providers outside that of the surgeon, it is possible that the private clinic or the NHS will be responsible for the negligence suffered depending on the circumstances.

Whether you have suffered physical injuries or are suffering possible post-traumatic stress because of a negligent cosmetic surgery then please do not hesitate to contact us and we can do what we can to assist and advise. We have the medical negligence specialists and expertise to do so. You can get in touch through our website enquiry form here.