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Cosmetic surgery – The good, the bad and the ugly!

Cosmetic surgery has, for a long time, been the just for the rich and famous.  This is no longer the case.  The price of cosmetic surgery has fallen massively over the last 10 years meaning that it is now far more accessible to the masses than ever before.  Yet, the number of procedures in the UK is dropping.

The number of people having cosmetic surgery in the UK in 2016 dropped by 40% when compared with figures for the previous year.  The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) said that 30,750 procedures had been carried out compared to 51,140 in 2015.

Why is that?

Even though the cost has dropped and marketing has increased, it seems that people are reluctant in times of a stretched and uncertain economy to commit to the costs of surgery.  Another thought is that the huge increase in techniques for non-surgical and non-invasive cosmetic improvement provides the public with a much more cost effective alternative.  The recovery times are next to nothing and therefore people can almost have out these procedures done during their lunch hour.

But, are these non-invasive procedures safer?

A former BAAPS president does not think so.  He says

“…the non-surgical sector is rife with lax regulation, maverick behaviour and unethical promotional gimmicks, so the public must remain vigilant. Non-surgical does not mean non-medical”

We all know that even with the best planning, the most rigorous vetting of Cosmetic Surgeons/Companies and the most thorough research done on behalf of the patient, things can still go wrong.  And, when they do go wrong, the consequences can be dreadful.  Not only can they involve physical deformity but can also lead to psychological problems.

What do you do when things go wrong?

At Swain & Co Solicitors, we regularly act for clients who have experienced sub- standard cosmetic surgery or so called non-invasive enhancements.  We would always advise that you take the following practical steps:-

  • Take photographs post surgery so that you are able to prove the extent of the injuries and how they develop/improve over time. You should keep taking photographs at regular intervals and make sure that you note on the photographs when they were taken;
  • Immediately alert the provider of the surgery that you are not satisfied and ask for a copy of their complaints policy;
  • Contact Swain & Co Solicitors for expert advice.

We will always discuss your potential claim free of charge, initially over the telephone.  We may ask you to provide us with copies of the photographs that you have taken so that we are able to assess the severity of the case and advise you if, financially, you should pursue the same.

Melanie Lidstone-Land, Head of the Clinical Negligence & Personal Injury department at Swain & Co Solicitors says :-

“We live in an age where we are ever more focused on our appearances.  This is intrinsically linked with our self esteem and when cosmetic procedures go wrong, it is can be absolutely devastating.  At Swain & Co Solicitors we deal with these cases sensitively and without judgment.  We are experienced in the complexities of these claims and not only seek damages for the injuries but will also explore refunds for the cost of the surgery and payment of any remedial treatment that may be required “

 Melanie Lidstone-Land and the Clinical Negligence team at Swain & Co Solicitors regularly win compensation for their clients who have experienced substandard treatment or a failure to provide treatment. If you, a family member or a friend have experienced problems regarding substandard medical treatment contact our team today on 023 92 483322. 

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