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Oakwood Solicitors Ltd’s specialist Medical Negligence department has an in-house team of solicitors and legal professionals dedicated solely to this area of law.

With over 24 years of combined experience, we are dedicated to assisting clients who have suffered physically, mentally, and financially as a result of negligent medical treatment. The specialist team pursues an array of medical negligence claims ranging from prescription errors and misdiagnosis to complex birthing injury and spinal claims and everything else in between.

What is cosmetic surgery?

Cosmetic surgery embodies a range of invasive and non-invasive procedures, which aim to improve the overall aesthetic appearance of an individual.

  • Invasive procedures – These typically include techniques that break the skin, such as face, brow, and body lifts, as well as other surgeries like breast augmentations. These procedures often have a permanent result and are incredibly difficult to reverse.
  • Non-invasive procedures – Include beauty treatments such as Botox, dermal fillers, vein treatment, chemical peels, teeth whitening, and hair removal treatments. These procedures are often temporary, perhaps lasting between six and twelve months, and in some cases – such as dermal fillers – can be reversed.  Many people opt for these treatments as they often involve fewer complications and scarring, in addition to benefitting from reduced recovery times and costs.

What injuries are caused because of cosmetic surgery?

There is a wide range of injuries and adverse reactions that may result from cosmetic procedures. Some of the most commonly found associated with the non-invasive procedures include:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Paralysis
  • Extensive bruising and/or swelling
  • Loss or reduced sight
  • Psychological impact

Often these procedures are carried out by a registered Doctor or nurse. However, as there is little regulation in this area – those carrying out these procedures can have limited or no medical or specialist training.

Those associated with more invasive procedures can be life-threatening. It may be that surgery has been carried out incorrectly and negligently, or the product used in good faith is found to be dangerous.

Often these findings can come too late for many who have already undergone the procedure, such as breast augmentation if it is found that the implant used is not fit for purpose and prone to leaking. These procedures should always be carried out by a registered doctor or surgeon.

Who does it affect?

The adverse effects of cosmetic surgery can affect anyone. When undoing these procedures, the practitioner should always explain the risks involved. This may be that the outcome may not be as expected, or that there inherent risks associated with the product or procedure.

In invasive procedures, this information should be obtained via consultation and should be explained in depth before any further steps are taken. Those who are found to be more at risk than others should have this explained fully to them, and in some cases, the practitioner may refuse to carry out the procedure if the risk is considered dangerous.

In non-invasive procedures, again the adverse effects can affect anyone. Although it is not a requirement, we would always advocate that consent only be obtained once all the risks have been explained. The practitioner should always explain fully and administer the product with care and skill.

What are the most common kinds of Cosmetic Surgery?

Invasive cosmetic surgery

  • Facelifts – A facelift (rhytidectomy) is a surgical cosmetic procedure to lift and pull back the skin to create a smoother and tighter appearance.
  • Brow lifts – A brow lift, also known as a forehead lift or forehead rejuvenation, is a cosmetic procedure to raise the brows with the end goal being to improve the appearance of the forehead, brow and the area around the eyes. The excess soft tissue is removed, and the skin is left appearing smoother.
  • Breast augmentation – Breast augmentation is a surgery that can aim to change the size and/or appearance of the breast. There are a range of methods used for breast augmentation, and the method used will depend on the desired outcome. During breast augmentation surgeries, excess skin and soft tissue may be removed, and implants can be placed under the breast tissue or chest muscles depending on the patient’s desires.
  • Body lift – A total body lift, sometimes referred to as a circumferential body lift or an upper and lower body lift, is a major operation involving the removal of excess skin and soft tissue, particularly of the abdomen and lower back areas.

Non-invasive cosmetic surgery

  • Botox – Created from botulin. Cosmetically it is used to remove wrinkles by temporarily paralysing the facial muscles.
  • Dermal fillers – Small injections of a gel, usually made up of hylauronic acid. They are injected into areas to fill in wrinkles and create the appearance of smoother skin. Dermal fillers can be used in many areas of the body that fill in wrinkles, adding volume to soft tissue. You can have dermal fillers in different parts of your face: around the eye, cheeks, mouth and jawline, as well as lip fillers administered directly into the lip tissue.
  • Vein treatment – is a new technology to treat varicose veins and spider veins through laser treatments.  It works by sending strong bursts of light into the vein resulting in the vein reducing and slowly fade.
  • Chemical peels
  • Hair removal treatments – Can be achieved through various methods, such as creams, epilation and lasers.
  • Teeth whitening – Not strictly considered a cosmetic procedure, and should be carried out by a registered Dental Practitioner. There are various ways to achieve whiter teeth, and these procedures often involve the use of bleaching agents which can cause harm or injury if not used correctly. There is a rise in unregistered persons carrying out these procedures, which is not only dangerous but unlawful.
Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make a claim?

It may be that the results were not what you were expecting nor discussed or agreed in the consultation, or you were not properly advised about the risks of an undesirable outcome.

Cosmetic procedures are supposed to make you feel better, happier, and leave you feeling more confident. If you decide to part with your hard-earned money to have any cosmetic treatment undertaken, you must place all of your trust in the clinician or surgeon chosen and assume that they will exercise their duty of care to you and perform the procedure to a high standard. Unfortunately, this does not always take place.

If the clinician or surgeon has been negligent, you could be left with painful, long-term, or even permanent injuries or disfigurements. In some situations, there could have been additional complications resulting in significant adverse effects on your confidence and appearance.

If you’ve had cosmetic surgery and you believe that the procedure went wrong, we understand that you may be left suffering physical and emotional pain.

Why should I choose Oakwood Solicitors Ltd?

We have a dedicated team of solicitors and paralegals who have many years’ experience between them in running cases of this nature. They are highly trained to deal with all aspects of clinical and medical negligence.

Oakwood Solicitors Ltd wishes to ensure that clients are not overwhelmed by legal jargon or medical terms that they don’t understand and aims to allow the claims procedure to be as transparent as possible.

What do I do now?

If you believe or feel you have a claim, contact us for a free initial consultation regarding your options:

carol cook
Carol Cook — Head of Medical Negligence Department

Carol joined Oakwood Solicitors in May 2017 to lead the Medical Negligence department. She handles a wide range of Clinical and Dental Negligence claims and has a specialist interest in Birth Injuries.

Carol has years of experience in handling complex clinical and Dental Negligence claims securing substantial amounts of damages for her clients. Carol studied her law degree (LLB honours) at Salford University.

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