Cosmetic treatments, both surgical and non-surgical, have become all too common today. There are plenty of cosmetic procedures done on a daily basis in the UK, and these include such procedures as Botox, treatment for acne, dermal fillers, surgical and non-surgical facelifts, and more complex treatments that include breast augmentation, liposuction, brow lifts, ear reshaping, rhinoplasty (nose reshaping), chin implants, and a lot more.
But along with the rise in cosmetic treatments being done come the rise in injuries as well. Some cosmetic treatment injuries can be minor, but there are some which can be outright damaging or debilitating to the victim. If you have become a victim of a cosmetic injury, here’s everything you need to know about what you can do to claim compensation.
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The causes of cosmetic injuries
Cosmetic injuries can be caused by a number of different factors, but the most common cause of an injury of this type is medical negligence. The surgeon or technician performing the procedure is required to give you ample care – before, during, and after the procedure. If they have failed to do this, then they may be proven negligent. There are certain risks involved in different cosmetic procedures, and you should be aware of all these risks even before the procedure takes place. If you have undergone actual surgery (‘under the knife,’ as they say), then there is something called surgical negligence as well, where the surgeon may have exhibited poor skills or techniques, resulting in a less-than-pleasant or desirable result.
What you can do to make a claim
If you can prove – with sufficient evidence – that the cosmetic treatment you had was negligent in any way, not only before the treatment, but during and after the treatment, then you may have cause for a claim. There are a number of effects associated with faulty cosmetic procedures, which include scarring, uneven breasts (in the case of breast enlargement or augmentation or even breast reduction), facial muscle immobility or numbness, and even major infections. Some serious injuries can also have long-term or severe effects, such as organ damage, complications due to the use of anaesthesia, or severe aesthetic damage and permanent scarring. Other injuries, which can be more minor but no less debilitating, include pain and swelling, burns and rashes, and temporary scarring.
What to do to have a successful claim
You need to be able to demonstrate that the cosmetic treatment or procedure you received was not according to the standards anyone may expect from such a procedure. Cosmetic surgery claims may be complex, and this is where help from an experienced professional may come invaluable. Gather all the evidence you need, including photos, medical reports and records, receipts of expenses, personal diaries detailing your experience with the injury, and so on.