Plastic surgery and medical malpractice.As has been reported in national media, the growing popularity of elective, cosmetic plastic surgery has brought about an increase in plastic surgery malpractice claims. In a recent article in the Washington Post, the writer pointed out that more and more "non-plastic" surgeons are entering the plastic surgery arena. Our local magazines are filled with ads for plastic surgeons.

Unfortunately, medical malpractice can occur during all types of plastic surgery procedures, even those that are considered non-invasive. Even though most plastic surgery is voluntary, you still have a right to expect your doctor to be qualified and competent.

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What is Cosmetic Surgery?

Cosmetic surgery, also known as plastic surgery, is any surgical procedure performed in order to improve one's appearance. Cosmetic surgery also includes reconstructive surgery, which is surgery done to correct defects or improve function.

Results of Plastic Surgery Malpractice

Plastic surgery malpractice can cause serious, long-term medical issues, as well as aesthetically undesirable results. Some complications that may be a result of plastic surgery malpractice are:

Breast augmentation complications

  • Incorrect size
  • Nerve damage
  • Infection
  • Encapsulation with distortion and firmness
  • Excessive scarring

Breast reduction complications

  • Loss of nipple or breast skin cover requiring grafting or other surgery
  • Asymmetry
  • Excessive scarring
  • Disfigurement

Liposuction complications

  • Disfigurement
  • Numbness
  • Abdominal perforations that require second surgery
  • Organ penetration
  • Internal bleeding
  • Death

Face lift and blepharoplasty complications

  • Excessive scarring requiring further surgery
  • Nerve damage
  • Excessive dry eyes
  • Inability to close eyes
  • Excessive skin removal

Rhinoseptoplasty and Rhinoplasty (Nose Job) complications 

  • Asymmetry
  • Breathing difficulties

Abdominoplasty complications 

  • Skin loss
  • Excessive scarring
  • Nerve damage
  • Undiagnosed post-surgical infection
  • Skin resurfacing complications
  • Blistering and/or burns that cause scars
  • Undiagnosed post-surgical infection
  • Permanent skin discoloration

Living With A Plastic Surgery Error

Plastic surgery errors can have a range of outcomes, and often leave a patient with lifelong complications. The victim may require numerous corrective surgeries and may experience disfigurement, loss of work, chronic pain and psychological difficulties. In cases where the victim dies, the family is left with the sudden loss of a loved one as well as the loss of financial support, funeral and medical expenses, loss of inheritance, and if children are involved, the loss of nurture and guidance from their deceased parent. A competent plastic surgery malpractice lawyer can help you fight for your rights to obtain financial compensation.

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