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Plastic surgery is extremely popular in America today, with millions of men and women undergoing a myriad of procedures to turn back the hands of time or otherwise change their appearance. But when the surgery goes bad, the results can be embarrassing, traumatic or even life-threatening. If you have had bad plastic surgery, talk to a medical malpractice attorney or plastic surgery attorney about your legal claim. has accident attorneys and legal resources available 24/7.

Patients seek plastic surgery to improve their looks, to correct birth defects or other disfigurements, or to repair damage from an accident or injury. As plastic surgery (including cosmetic procedures) has become more common, medical malpractice cases have risen as well. Even noninvasive procedures can involve doctor negligence. Medical professionals who lack proper training and proper cosmetic surgery equipment may cause injury in even a simple procedure.

Risks are associated with any surgery, and major plastic surgery procedures do require general anesthesia. In addition to a patient being unhappy with the cosmetic results, medical complications may include, extensive scarring, permanent disfigurement, illness, injuries, infections, bad reactions to drugs and death.

Cosmetic surgeries aren’t always about vanity fixing, the repair of a disfiguration can help patients regain their self-esteem and confidence and live better, more productive lives. When a doctor, anesthesiologist, nurse or other health care provider errs, resulting in a poor outcome that leaves the patient hurt or ashamed, these victims have a right to sue with a plastic surgery attorney like any other patient.

Aside from the emotional impact of a plastic surgery gone bad, patients may require a corrective procedure, dramatically increasing their expenses and suffering.

Plastic surgery embraces a number of procedures; including, eyelid, chin, ear, nose and face surgeries, forehead-lifts, face-lifts, hair replacement, laser surgery, liposuction, tummy tucks, skin resurfacing and breast implants and reduction.

In breast surgery cases, pictures should be taken before and after the procedure to document any problems; such as, unnecessary scarring, uneven nipple level, uneven breast size, over sized implants or improper implant positioning, which could force the suture line to open. Other complications may include nerve damage and infection. Contact a plastic surgery attorney if your breast surgery went wrong.

Face-lift patients should expect scars to be hidden in the hairline. Visible scarring may signify negligence. And if the doctor cuts a nerve, facial nerve palsy or Bell’s palsy could cause part of the face to droop, along with drooling and speech problems.

Liposuction complications; include: disfigurement, numbness, internal bleeding and death.

Skin resurfacing can produce blistering that causes scars, infections and permanent skin discoloration.

In eyelid surgeries, doctors have been known to take too much fat or skin from the upper or lower lid, preventing a patient’s eyes from closing properly. This can damage muscles or tear ducts, which can lead to dry eye or drainage problems that require further medical attention.

Rhinoplasty or nose surgery, may lead to complications including asymmetry and breathing problems.

With tummy tucks, patients must be monitored for bleeding, which should be addressed promptly to prevent a loss of tissue. Excessive scarring and nerve damage can also occur.

Who Can Sue

Plastic surgery can leave a patient with lifelong complications. Loss of work, chronic pain and emotional problems are just some of the issues a victim may face, along with expensive corrective surgeries. Survivors of victims who died may face a loss of financial support as well as medical and funeral bills. If you or a loved one is a victim of bad plastic surgery, contact a medical malpractice attorney specializing in bad/ botched plastic surgery to discuss the details of your case. 

Interesting Facts
  • Almost 12 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures were reported in 2007, representing a 59 percent increase from 2000, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
  • However, there was a 62 percent decrease in overall cosmetic procedures between the first half of 2007 and the first half of 2008, according to a survey done by the society, which said many consumers are reevaluating their cosmetic surgery plans in a time of recession.
  • Almost 60 percent of people who had plastic surgery or were seriously considering it had a household income of $30,000 to $90,000 a year, according to a 2005 study. Only 10 percent reported a household income of more than $90,000.
  • Some 10 percent of cosmetic surgery patients are men.
  • Car Accidents are reported to cause most non-cosmetic surgery procedures.
Potential Recovery

Even if a plastic surgery procedure is voluntary, the patient has a right to expect his or her doctor to be competent. Medical malpractice in plastic surgery involves treatment falling short of accepted medical standards, causing injury to the patient. Legal recourse is based on negligence. Here are some cases of patients who have sought compensation with a personal injury attorney and won:

  • In New York, a $900,000 plastic surgery malpractice settlement was reported after a doctor’s bogus penis extension procedure reportedly caused infection and partial impotence.
  • Lawyers obtained a $135,000 settlement on behalf of a New Jersey woman whose breast was disfigured when a surgeon allegedly failed to recognize infection following a procedure. Plastic Surgery Attorneys argued the delay in treating the infection caused significant scarring.
  • A Massachusetts woman was awarded $3.5 million in a lawsuit against a plastic surgeon who performed her breast reduction surgery. The woman and her medical malpractice attorney claimed the surgeon botched the surgery, resulting in the loss of both of her breasts.
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