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While cosmetic surgery that goes well can do wonders for someone’s confidence, it’s not without its potential problems.
Even though the standard of cosmetic surgery procedures has improved immensely in recent years, there are still a small number of operations, amongst the estimated 70,000 per year, that can go wrong.
Faulty equipment such as the silicone used in the recent PIP breast implant scandal, a lack of training given to plastic surgeons and lax attitudes to the health and safety of patients could all prove disastrous.
What do I need to know?
A successful cosmetic surgery operation is always in the hands of the surgeon, so it is important to know when an operation has been unsuccessful. Here are some of the things you might have noticed in the operating theatre that might have resulted in a substandard operation:
• Dirty or damaged equipment used for the operation
• A lack of safety gear worn by the surgeon such as rubber gloves and safety goggles
• No notification prior to your operation of any of the risks involved in cosmetic surgery
Cosmetic surgery comes in many different forms (facelifts, breast enhancement, liposuction, for example) and can involve many different tools and intricate procedures. This means that so much can go wrong simply because of human error, but in the wrong hands, cosmetic surgery could result in serious trauma and physical damage that can last for years.
A bad operation could result in permanent damage such as nerve damage and major scarring, so it is important to know exactly where you stand if you feel you have been subjected to cosmetic surgery negligence.
Be aware of your rights
In most cases, cosmetic surgery costs money, often in the region of several thousand pounds. This means that, if you want cosmetic surgery, you’ll want to have faith in the fact that your money was worth spending. Any surgery that goes wrong could only serve to hit you further in the pocket as well as harm your health.
Making a compensation claim could be the best course of action, provided it’s done within three years of any badly-performed surgery and you have enough proof to hand. Any money awarded after a successful claim is decided on the basis of the severity of any injuries or illnesses sustained post-surgery and on other factors such as lost income from not being able to work.