Breast enlargement and reduction procedures have become one of the most popular in the UK for women. In 2013 11,123 breast augmentation procedures took place, which accounted for 13% of total cosmetic procedures carried out in the UK. Although this surgery is popular and becoming more common place surgery can easily go wrong and serious consequences can occur.
What are breast enlargement and reduction operations?
This procedure involves making the breasts bigger by using silicon implants. This procedure is used for either for reconstructive purposes for breast cancer patients when a mastectomy has taken place or cosmetically to enhance the size and shape of the breast.
This involves taking away excess skin and making breasts smaller. This procedure is common when people have had rapid weight loss or have back problems. Breast reduction surgery can help women who are unhappy with the shape and weight of their breasts . Men can also have breast reduction surgery to treat enlarged breasts, known as gynaecomastia.
What can go wrong?
Like all surgery there are risks that you need to consider when undergoing cosmetic surgery. Even though breast augmentation is common these days complications can still occur, the most common are:
- Wounds not healing
- Blood clots
- Capsular Contracture
- Visible implants causing creasing or rippling of the breast.
If you believe you have experienced any of these symptoms then please seek medical advice. Once you have done this and received any necessary treatment feel free to call us to see whether you have a claim. We will try or best to answer any questions you may have under no obligation.
What are the implications?
The implications of bad cosmetic surgery can not only just affect the way you look but affect your self esteem and confidence. As people can save up thousands of pounds over many years to get the surgery they want. When this does not go to plan this can affect you financially as surgery completed abroad especially can mean corrective surgery may not be an option. That’s why Scott Rees & Co will make sure you get all the help you need even if you had the surgery outside the UK. We can facilitate any corrective surgery if needed.
Furthermore if you have experienced a breast augmentation gone wrong you could have no option but to take time off work due to the pain suffered or the emotional strain compiled by potential scarring. This of course could have an affect on your ability to cover household bills due to loss of earnings, as well as the cost of correction surgery and rehabilitation.
It is also common for bouts of depression and anxiety to be caused by bad surgery which can really affect a persons life. This can have a knock on affect on your family and can cause you to experience more stress.
In some cases, mainly seen outside the UK, people have cosmetic surgery in other EU countries due to the cheaper price tag. We have seen cases were this surgery has been carried out by an unqualified surgeon. This is illegal and can have serious consequences as well as potentially putting your life at risk.
A surgeon performing any type of cosmetic surgery in the UK has to be part of the British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) and it is a criminal offence for anyone to perform surgery without the necessary qualifications. So we do stress that if your planning to have cosmetic surgery please do your research especially if you’re planning on wanting surgery outside the UK.
Post treatment claims: what can I get compensated for?
You are entitled to compensation for the following complications:
- Unsatisfactory results
- Wounds not healing or getting infected
- Medical malpractice
- Anesthetic complications
- Corrective surgery
How we can aid your recovery
Here at Scott Rees & Co we pride ourselves on providing the best treatment possible to help our clients get back to full health. So by this if you require corrective treatment we can refer you to the best plastic surgeons and doctors in the UK. We know that suffering a complication from plastic surgery can leave you feeling down and can affect your self confidence. That’s why we offer counselling or cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) if requested to help you come to terms with your ordeal. We can also offer interim payments to our clients to help them pay for bills and health care costs if needed. This way you have one less thing to worry about and you can solely concentrate on recovering.
How to make a claim
For free advice, without obligation, simply fill in the claim form on the right hand side of the page or give us a call. We will be sure to answer any of your questions about whether or not you could make a claim for compensation and will help to give you peace of mind that making a claim is the right option for you
No win, no fee
All of our solicitors work on a no win no fee basis, which means that, providing you are completely honest and follow the instructions given to you by us, you won’t have to pay a penny if we are unsuccessful with your claim, so there really is nothing to lose by getting in touch. We can also help you by answering any questions you may have or you can take a look at our frequently asked questions page.