What to Do When Cosmetic Surgery Goes Wrong

Cosmetic surgery has never been more popular. It is thought that up to 100,000 people in the UK, both men and women, undertook some form of cosmetic surgery sometime in the past year. This represents a significant increase on previous years.

There are many different reasons for people wanting to undertake cosmetic surgery. In most cases it is based on a strong belief that it will improve their standard of life.

What Happens When It Goes Wrong?

Though the very large majority of cosmetic procedures go exactly as they should, there are some that do go wrong.

So what do you do when it does go wrong? How can you put things right?

Employing the services of a medical negligence solicitor for legal advice is essential. If you undertake a cosmetic surgical procedure in the UK which doesn’t go as you hoped it would, your first step, once you have recovered from the surgery, is to take matters up with your surgeon. In many cases they will be happy to help you find a solution to your problem, and in most cases, help correct it themselves.

If after you make contact with the surgeon through the clinic you still don’t feel like your problem has been adequately addressed then you may need to contact the healthcare commission. If you feel that the clinic has failed to meet its own stated standards then the healthcare commission are in a position to investigate and put things right.

Believe it or not, there are clinics carrying out cosmetic procedures which aren’t registered with the healthcare commission. If the clinic you choose isn’t affiliated to the healthcare commission, you may need to take your complaint to the Independent Sector Complaints Adjudication Service.

Taking Matters Further

If cosmetic procedures go seriously wrong it can be very difficult to correct them. In most cases failed procedures lead to periods of disfigurement and can have a significant impact on self esteem. In the worst cases, failed cosmetic procedures can leave lasting signs.

In cases like these, where the patient has suffered as a result of their surgeon’s negligence, legal action may be called for. If this is something that you want to pursue it is very important that you use solicitors who specialise in cosmetic negligence claims. Their specialist knowledge and experience will help ensure that you get what you deserve.

If you are considering undertaking cosmetic surgery you should think carefully about where, and with whom, you have your surgery. You should also make yourself fully aware of all the possible risks. Though the results you hope for are purely cosmetic, the damage caused by an unsuccessful procedure can be severe.

Although many people choose to go abroad to have their surgery, this can make correcting problems very difficult. The UK has strict standards which are designed to give the best results. To ensure you get the best results, and to make it easier to pursue matters should your procedure go wrong, you should always undertake surgery at home.

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