Liposuction surgery, which involves the removal of excess fat from beneath the surface of the skin, accounts for one in ten of all male and female cosmetic procedures in the UK.
Although it is considered less risky than a tummy tuck, the greater the amount of fat to be removed, the greater the risks arising from the procedure, which may leave patients with unsightly dents and bumps, and other skin abnormalities.
There are different liposuction techniques and they produce different results. As with all surgical procedures, there are risks involved which range from minor to more serious and life-threatening.
The majority of cosmetic work is carried out in private medical practices rather than by the NHS. A doctor who practices cosmetic surgery should have undertaken qualified training and is required to be on the Specialist Register in Plastic Surgery at the General Medical Council. These rules do not apply to doctors who registered with the Council before 2002.
Liposuction is a procedure that should be carried out by qualified, experienced surgeons. Negligent treatment can lead to a painful recovery and cause complications, including:
- Swelling and bruising
- Severe scarring and skin abnormalities
- Build up of fluid on the lungs
- Injury to stomach organs
- Adverse reaction to the anaesthetic
A patient can also be initially disappointed with the results and the effects upon their appearance.
At your first consultation and before you sign a consent form allowing surgery to go ahead, your surgeon should ask you about your expectations and what exactly you want to achieve.
A surgeon has a duty of care to:
- Carefully explain the risks and limitations of liposuction surgery, for example, maintaining a new shape in the long term will require regular exercise and eating a healthy diet.
- Enquire into your medical history and any conditions or circumstances that may present a risk or lead to complications.
Where a procedure falls below the acceptable standard, a surgeon may be found to be in breach of the ‘duty of care’ you are owed.
Poor cosmetic work can cause patients to suffer more than ongoing pain and distress. The long-term consequences of negligent treatment can also leave both permanent physical and psychological scars which may affect your quality of life and ability to socialise.
Your Legal Friend has many years of clinical negligence experience, helping clients who have suffered disfiguring injuries caused by cosmetic procedures that have gone wrong.
We can help you:
- Make your case heard
- Obtain financial compensation
- Ensure the financial needs of further corrective surgery, support, and counselling will be fully met.