I recently attended a seminar discussing the rise in cosmetic surgery litigation. Much of the growing demand for cosmetic surgery appears to have been driven by TV shows such as Extreme Makeover and 10 Years Younger.
The Good Medical Practice in Cosmetic Surgery in May 2006 defined cosmetic surgery as: "operations or other procedures that revise or change the appearance, colour, texture, structure or position of bodily features to achieve what patients perceive to be more desirable".
Unfortunately, the cosmetic surgery industry is growing and is lightly regulated. There may be an increasing trend to trivialise cosmetic surgery. It doubtless meets many people's desires and increases their self-esteem, but when cosmetic surgery goes wrong,the effects, physical and psychological, can be serious. Many patients adversely affected are particularly vulnerable: influenced by advertising and marketing and with unrealistic expectations.
My advice to those considering cosmetic surgery is to please consider:
1. What are your expectations? Are they realistic?
2. Were you asked permission to contact your GP?
3. Is your surgeon appropriately experienced?
4. What are the qualifications/registration of the surgeon?
5. What after care is provided?Amy Bond is a solicitor specialising in clinical negligence, with an interest in cosmetic surgery claims. If you or a member of your family have a clinical negligence enquiry please call our expert clinical negligence solicitors on 0800 916 9049, or email firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our specialist clinical negligence team will be in touch