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Negligent Facelift (Rhytidectomy) Compensation Claims

Negligent cosmetic surgery can have a big physical or psychological impact on your life.

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Claiming for facelift negligence

We all want to look our very best, so it’s not surprising that more and more people are opting for cosmetic surgery. Unfortunately, as the number of individuals who choose this specialist surgery rises, so does the number of negligence cases. The cosmetic surgery sector is not regulated as strictly as the medical industry as a whole, meaning the standards we have every right to expect are not always upheld. Surgeons who lack the necessary skill and experience may carry out poor cosmetic procedures, or inadequate aftercare may lead to complications following the surgery. In situations like these, the consequences can often have a hugely negative impact on the patient’s self-esteem and quality of life.

Facelift surgery is the third most requested cosmetic surgery procedure, following breast enlargement and eyelid surgery.

The majority of procedures are carried out by private practice, rather than through the NHS, and most treatments are undertaken without complications by competent and professional surgeons. Any doctor who practices cosmetic surgery should have undertaken specialist training and is required to be on the Specialist Register in Plastic Surgery at the General Medical Council.  However, these rules do not apply to doctors who registered with the Council before 2002.

The long-term consequences of poor cosmetic work can have a considerable impact on quality of life and social interaction. Further procedures and treatment may be necessary to put things right and counselling is also likely to be required.

Your Legal Friend has many years of experience in helping clients who have suffered disfiguring facelift injuries caused by cosmetic surgery. We can help you obtain justice and compensation to ensure the financial needs of further remedial treatment, support and counselling will be fully met.

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Our medical negligence team has years of experience working on a wide variety of cosmetic surgery cases so we understand just how difficult a decision it can be to bring a facelift case.

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That’s why we are committed to guiding you through every step of the process. We ensure that your claim is handled carefully and professionally by our specialist solicitors, while working alongside medical experts, to guarantee the best results for you.

Our cosmetic surgery team is headed by Laura Morgan who has a wealth of experience in leading complicated, high-value facelift cases.

Laura is recognised within the legal profession as a leader in the field of medical negligence and serious injury compensation. Laura has acted in a wide range of cases over her 17 years of practice and has particular expertise in acting for children who have suffered brain injury due to mismanaged birth or surgical errors, and in managing claims that have resulted in the death of a loved one. Laura has achieved a number of large settlements including £5.4 million for a 7-year-old and £4 million for an 11-year-old child.

Laura’s expertise and dedication to her clients is recognised in the Chambers guide to the Legal Profession in which she was praised for the efficiency of her approach to case handling and described as “tenacious and detail-oriented”.

Laura has been a member of the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel since 2005 and accredited as a Senior Litigator in the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers(APIL) since 2006. Laura is also a member of the specialist lawyers panel for Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA), the UK’s leading charity committed to patient safety and justice.

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Your questions... answered

What is facelift surgery?

Facelift surgery is a treatment designed to tighten and smooth skin that has become wrinkled, loose and sagging due to age-related loss of elasticity. The procedure is sometimes combined with brow lift or neck lift surgery.

What is the time limit on facelift claims?

It’s beneficial if you’re quick to pursue a claim as the paperwork will be readily available and the detail of the event will still be ‘fresh’ in your mind, which will help when putting your case together. There is also a three-year time limit from the ‘date of knowledge’ where you learned that a mistake on your doctor’s part led to the pain or suffering you’re now experiencing. Usually, if you attempt to bring a claim after this date, it will be considered ‘statute barred’ or ‘out of time’ as per the Limitation act of 1980, section 11. If you are within the time limit or are unsure as to whether you fall within the time period allowed, you can speak to us and we’ll be able to advise you as best we can based upon the information you’re able to share with us.

If you do not claim within the set time period, your claim will be considered ‘statute barred’ or ‘out of time’ and will unfortunately not be taken further. There are two exceptions to this rule, in the case of children and if the negligence directly led to a fatality. In these cases suing the NHS for negligence is still possible as the date on which time begins to run is the date of the child’s 18th birthday, and in the case of fatalities, from the date of death.

After a free initial phone consultation, a clinical negligence solicitor can get a feel for your circumstances, the problems you face and consequences you’re having to live with. If they feel that something wasn’t done, that should have been, they may go on to request copies of your medical records, with your permission, to assess whether something was missed or to see if a mistake was made. If it looks like a mistake was made, they will then speak to you to discuss whether you wish to pursue a medical negligence claim for compensation.

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What are the effects of cosmetic surgery negligence?

If a facelift treatment fails because of the negligence of the surgeon, you can be left with:

  • Permanent scarring
  • Nerve damage
  • Loss of muscle function or sensation
  • Tissue death
  • Psychological harm

What are the statistics on facelifts?

  • 6,402 face/neck lifts were performed on men and women in the UK in 2014, a rise of 1% on 2013.
  • 6,380 face/neck lifts were carried out in the UK in 2013, the third most performed procedure behind eyelid surgery and breast enlargements.
  • 41,364 cosmetic procedures were performed on women in 2014, of which:
  • 6,075 face/neck lifts were performed on women in 2014, a rise of 39.5% and a total of 1,720 procedures since 2008.
  • 4,355 face/neck lifts were performed on women in the UK in 2008. (British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons – BAAPS)

What are the different types of facelift surgery?

There are many different types of facelift surgery, depending on:

  • Different  types of incision used
  • Area of the face being treated
  • Invasive intensity of the procedure

The most popular types include:

Skin Only Facelift – a traditional procedure to the lower face and neck. No muscle tightening is involved and therefore has minimal risk to underlying facial muscles and nerves. Considered less durable over time than other methods.

Midface Lift – where soft tissues in the cheekbone area are lifted to alleviate the appearance of folds and hanging skin around the nasal area and in the middle of the face.

Traditional Facelift – also known as SMAS (Superficial Musculo-Aponeurotic System). Muscle layers are repositioned and tightened for longer-term stability.

Deep Plane Facelift – a modification of the traditional facelift involving a deeper plane of the patient's face before lifting and repositioning the muscle. Certain muscle layers will also be separated from deeper muscles and/ or other facial structures.

Subperiosteal Facelift - performed at the very deepest layers to an area directly on top of the facial bones.

Thread Lift/Feather Lift – medical sutures (stitches) or tailored surgical thread hook into the facial tissue and pull it into a new position.

Additional treatments may also involve:

Liposuction – a procedure often performed during facelifts or neck lifts to remove excess fat from different areas of the face and neck.

Fat Transfer (Lipostructure) – where fat is removed from an area of the body, usually the stomach or thigh, and strategically injected back under the patient’s facial skin to achieve the required fullness of shape.

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What are the risk and complications of facelift surgery?

All surgical procedures carry risks but the specific risks associated with facelifts are:

  • Excessive bleeding
  • Blood clots under the skin – can occur in up to 10% of patients within 24 hours of surgery
  • Face swelling
  • Infection
  • Permanent scarring
  • Nerve damage – can occur in up to 7% of procedures
  • Loss of muscle function or sensation
  • Loss of skin and hair
  • Uneven features
  • Skin colour changes – persists for months but eventually fades
  • Tissue death – smoking increases the risk by a factor of 12.

Can anyone have a facelift?

A cosmetic surgeon should find out whether a facelift is an appropriate procedure for a particular patient. It is essential that the surgeon takes you through a detailed consultation and examination of your medical history before proceeding further.

There is an increased risk from cosmetic surgery if you have a specific medical condition, such as an autoimmune disorder (where the body’s defence system attacks its own cells or tissues) or heart disease.

Not all underlying conditions pose a health risk when undergoing a facelift procedure. A surgeon should know of any health concerns so that necessary precautions can be put into place.

Can I smoke after having a facelift?

The surgeon should ask if you smoke. Smoking can increase the risks of surgery and slow down the healing process. It is generally advised that smoking should stop at least two weeks before and two weeks after the surgery, and for longer if possible.

How is a facelift procedure planned?

Once the surgeon is satisfied that a facelift procedure is an appropriate solution, a surgeon and patient should put in place a personalised treatment plan.

Typical requirements should include:

  • Type of facelift
  • Type of anaesthesia
  • Location of the incisions
  • How the doctor will close the incisions
  • Which procedures, if any, should be combined with the facelift
  • Approximate recovery time

Is depression common after having facelift surgery?

Up to 50% of patients will experience short-term depression in the first month following facelift surgery, caused by the distorted unnatural appearance of the face from swelling and bruising.

Do I have a claim?

There are always risks involved when undergoing any type of surgery. The slightest mistake can leave you with serious injuries and scarring for life.

Your surgeon should have made you fully aware of where complications may occur in your particular facelift procedure. The surgeon is also responsible for ensuring that your surgery is performed to an acceptable standard.

You may have a claim for negligence if:

  • Your surgeon was negligent at any stage, before or after the surgery
  • You have suffered facial disfiguration or substantial scarring
  • You have suffered nerve damage to the face and surrounding areas
  • You have suffered bleeding under the skin
  • You have suffered the trauma of psychological damage
  • You have suffered associated injuries affecting your eyes, nose, mouth or even ears

Facelift surgery is a treatment designed to tighten and smooth skin that has become wrinkled, loose and sagging due to age-related loss of elasticity. The procedure is sometimes combined with brow lift or neck lift surgery.

It’s beneficial if you’re quick to pursue a claim as the paperwork will be readily available and the detail of the event will still be ‘fresh’ in your mind, which will help when putting your case together. There is also a three-year time limit from the ‘date of knowledge’ where you learned that a mistake on your doctor’s part led to the pain or suffering you’re now experiencing. Usually, if you attempt to bring a claim after this date, it will be considered ‘statute barred’ or ‘out of time’ as per the Limitation act of 1980, section 11. If you are within the time limit or are unsure as to whether you fall within the time period allowed, you can speak to us and we’ll be able to advise you as best we can based upon the information you’re able to share with us.

If you do not claim within the set time period, your claim will be considered ‘statute barred’ or ‘out of time’ and will unfortunately not be taken further. There are two exceptions to this rule, in the case of children and if the negligence directly led to a fatality. In these cases suing the NHS for negligence is still possible as the date on which time begins to run is the date of the child’s 18th birthday, and in the case of fatalities, from the date of death.

After a free initial phone consultation, a clinical negligence solicitor can get a feel for your circumstances, the problems you face and consequences you’re having to live with. If they feel that something wasn’t done, that should have been, they may go on to request copies of your medical records, with your permission, to assess whether something was missed or to see if a mistake was made. If it looks like a mistake was made, they will then speak to you to discuss whether you wish to pursue a medical negligence claim for compensation.

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If a facelift treatment fails because of the negligence of the surgeon, you can be left with:

  • Permanent scarring
  • Nerve damage
  • Loss of muscle function or sensation
  • Tissue death
  • Psychological harm
  • 6,402 face/neck lifts were performed on men and women in the UK in 2014, a rise of 1% on 2013.
  • 6,380 face/neck lifts were carried out in the UK in 2013, the third most performed procedure behind eyelid surgery and breast enlargements.
  • 41,364 cosmetic procedures were performed on women in 2014, of which:
  • 6,075 face/neck lifts were performed on women in 2014, a rise of 39.5% and a total of 1,720 procedures since 2008.
  • 4,355 face/neck lifts were performed on women in the UK in 2008. (British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons – BAAPS)

There are many different types of facelift surgery, depending on:

  • Different  types of incision used
  • Area of the face being treated
  • Invasive intensity of the procedure

The most popular types include:

Skin Only Facelift – a traditional procedure to the lower face and neck. No muscle tightening is involved and therefore has minimal risk to underlying facial muscles and nerves. Considered less durable over time than other methods.

Midface Lift – where soft tissues in the cheekbone area are lifted to alleviate the appearance of folds and hanging skin around the nasal area and in the middle of the face.

Traditional Facelift – also known as SMAS (Superficial Musculo-Aponeurotic System). Muscle layers are repositioned and tightened for longer-term stability.

Deep Plane Facelift – a modification of the traditional facelift involving a deeper plane of the patient's face before lifting and repositioning the muscle. Certain muscle layers will also be separated from deeper muscles and/ or other facial structures.

Subperiosteal Facelift - performed at the very deepest layers to an area directly on top of the facial bones.

Thread Lift/Feather Lift – medical sutures (stitches) or tailored surgical thread hook into the facial tissue and pull it into a new position.

Additional treatments may also involve:

Liposuction – a procedure often performed during facelifts or neck lifts to remove excess fat from different areas of the face and neck.

Fat Transfer (Lipostructure) – where fat is removed from an area of the body, usually the stomach or thigh, and strategically injected back under the patient’s facial skin to achieve the required fullness of shape.

Read less

All surgical procedures carry risks but the specific risks associated with facelifts are:

  • Excessive bleeding
  • Blood clots under the skin – can occur in up to 10% of patients within 24 hours of surgery
  • Face swelling
  • Infection
  • Permanent scarring
  • Nerve damage – can occur in up to 7% of procedures
  • Loss of muscle function or sensation
  • Loss of skin and hair
  • Uneven features
  • Skin colour changes – persists for months but eventually fades
  • Tissue death – smoking increases the risk by a factor of 12.

A cosmetic surgeon should find out whether a facelift is an appropriate procedure for a particular patient. It is essential that the surgeon takes you through a detailed consultation and examination of your medical history before proceeding further.

There is an increased risk from cosmetic surgery if you have a specific medical condition, such as an autoimmune disorder (where the body’s defence system attacks its own cells or tissues) or heart disease.

Not all underlying conditions pose a health risk when undergoing a facelift procedure. A surgeon should know of any health concerns so that necessary precautions can be put into place.

The surgeon should ask if you smoke. Smoking can increase the risks of surgery and slow down the healing process. It is generally advised that smoking should stop at least two weeks before and two weeks after the surgery, and for longer if possible.

Once the surgeon is satisfied that a facelift procedure is an appropriate solution, a surgeon and patient should put in place a personalised treatment plan.

Typical requirements should include:

  • Type of facelift
  • Type of anaesthesia
  • Location of the incisions
  • How the doctor will close the incisions
  • Which procedures, if any, should be combined with the facelift
  • Approximate recovery time

Up to 50% of patients will experience short-term depression in the first month following facelift surgery, caused by the distorted unnatural appearance of the face from swelling and bruising.

There are always risks involved when undergoing any type of surgery. The slightest mistake can leave you with serious injuries and scarring for life.

Your surgeon should have made you fully aware of where complications may occur in your particular facelift procedure. The surgeon is also responsible for ensuring that your surgery is performed to an acceptable standard.

You may have a claim for negligence if:

  • Your surgeon was negligent at any stage, before or after the surgery
  • You have suffered facial disfiguration or substantial scarring
  • You have suffered nerve damage to the face and surrounding areas
  • You have suffered bleeding under the skin
  • You have suffered the trauma of psychological damage
  • You have suffered associated injuries affecting your eyes, nose, mouth or even ears

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