Whatever your reasons are for electing to have plastic surgery, you shouldn’t have to suffer because of your doctor’s mistakes.  As with any medical professional, plastic surgeons have the duty to follow a certain standard of care and when they stray from this standard, they can be held liable for damages from Virginia medical malpractice

If you are thinking about getting plastic surgery, there are some actions you can take to lower your risks of becoming a plastic surgery malpractice victim.

  1. Investigate the plastic surgeon.  Did you know that anyone who has a medical degree and a license to practice medicine is allowed to perform cosmetic surgery? That is a frightening thought.  Make sure that you thoroughly investigate the surgeon in advance to scheduling your procedure.  Look into his or her background and credentials.  You need to ensure that the surgeon has the qualifications to help you.  There are also boards that certify plastic surgeons.  Find out if your surgeon is certified.
  2. Get a clean bill of health from your primary physician. Don’t rely on the cosmetic surgeon to tell you whether you are healthy enough to have the procedure.  Meet with your family doctor before and after the surgery.
  3. Talk with the anesthesiologist.  The anesthesiologist plays an important role and consequently, anesthesia errors can sometimes occur.  Find out who will be handling your anesthesia and check the medical provider out for any past claims.

Unfortunately, sometimes there is nothing you can do to avoid becoming a victim of Virginia cosmetic surgery malpractice.  Whether you have suffered from a botched breast augmentation or forehead lift, you need to learn your rights.  You may be able to hold the doctor responsible, but understand that Virginia medical malpractice cases are not easy to win. 

You can order a FREE copy of our consumer guide, Why Most Medical Malpractice Victims Never Recover a Dime, to learn more about Medical Malpractice by following this link.

Learn more about plastic surgery errors in our article, Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Complications.

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Ben Glass is a nationally recognized Virginia injury, medical malpractice, and long-term disability attorney