Cosmetic Surgery and other Cosmetic Procedures

When cosmetic procedures go wrong a patient can be left with scarring, altered anatomy, pain and the prospect of multiple corrective procedures.

Many people in our image conscious world choose to use cosmetic surgery and other cosmetic procedures to enhance their appearances.

The objective of these types of procedures is to enhance a person’s appearance. Sadly, for some people the results of the surgery or procedure fail to meet their expectations.

When cosmetic procedures go wrong a patient can be left with scarring, altered anatomy, pain and the prospect of multiple corrective procedures.

Cosmetic surgery and other procedures are performed by a wide variety of different professionals and non-professionals. For example, it is not unusual for a dentist to give Botox injections and for beauty therapists to administer laser treatments.

For patients considering a cosmetic procedure it is difficult to determine the credentials of the proceduralist prior to the procedure. Some doctors who perform cosmetic surgery call themselves a Cosmetic Surgeon. This term implies specialist expertise which can reassure the potential patient that the doctor is a highly trained specialist. The title Cosmetic Surgeon is often mixed up with the title of a Plastic Surgeon. While both titles sound similar there are very important differences in the levels of training and expertise between the two types.

Plastic Surgeons are highly skilled specialist doctors who have undergone twelve years of post-qualification specialist surgical and medical training. They have passed specialist examinations and they are fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons within the recognised speciality of Plastic Surgery. Any doctor with a medical degree is entitled to perform surgery and such a doctor could call themselves a Cosmetic Surgeon, even though they have not undertaken post qualification specialist surgical training.

What Can Go Wrong?

Breast Implants

One of the more frequent types of medical negligence enquiries relates to breast implant surgery that has gone wrong. 

Common complications are:

Rhinoplasty

Patients often undergo surgery on their noses after an injury or because of a dissatisfaction with the appearance of their nose.

There is often a mismatch of expectations between what the surgeon can feasibly create and what the patient is expecting. It is important to ask for computer generated images of what the end result will look like, before consenting to this type of surgery.

Common complications are:

Facelifts

Patients who undergo a facelift procedure will be seeking a better aesthetic outcome; it is therefore very disappointing when this goes wrong. 

Common complications are:

Laser Treatments

Laser therapies are often administered by beauty therapists to reduce unsightly veins, remove the upper layer of skin to reduce wrinkles and to tighten the appearance of the skin. 

Common complications are:

Is It Possible To Claim?

In order to bring a claim, it will be necessary to prove that the treatment administered by the proceduralist departed from the appropriate standard of care which could have been expected in the circumstances.

For example:

Where the proceduralist treatment has departed from the standard of care and this has resulted in injury to the patient, the patient will be able to bring a claim in relation to the injuries they have suffered as a result of the breach of the duty of care.

What can be claimed?

Financial compensation can be claimed for: pain and suffering, past and future treatment expenses, past and future wage losses, past and future domestic assistance together with legal costs and disbursements.

Time limits

There are time limits which apply to personal injury claims. You should seek legal advice promptly if you have suffered injuries in relation to a cosmetic procedure to ensure that you can access all the compensation which you are entitled to claim.

Legal Costs

At Remedy Law Group we work on a no win no fees basis, which means that you will only be required to pay our legal costs if we achieve a successful outcome for you and our first consultation is always free.