As solicitors specialising in cosmetic surgery negligence claims throughout the country we are often asked for guidance by people who are thinking about going under the knife.
The risks of a cosmetic surgery disaster can never be totally eradicated, but if you follow our top 7 tips then it will reduce the chances of things going horribly wrong.
However, if your procedure doesn’t go to plan and you need guidance from specialist cosmetic surgery negligence solicitors then call our free helpline 0n 0808 139 1590 or send an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Needless to say, it is much better to avoid a problem occurring in the first place than having to consult cosmetic surgery negligence solicitors like us after things have gone wrong. Obviously there is no way of avoiding risk altogether. All medical procedures involve a degree of risk and cosmetic surgery is no exception. However, there are some basic principles that if followed will reduce the risk of something going wrong.
To assist anyone who is thinking about having a procedure here are our 7 top tips for avoiding a cosmetic surgery disaster:
Tip 1 – Choose your surgeon with care
Is the surgeon fully qualified to perform the procedure you want?
How many similar operations they have carried out?
What is their success rate?
Use reliable resources available on the internet to verify the surgeon. For instance you can check out the BAAPS (British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) website to see if your surgeon is listed on there.
Tip 2 – Be wary of price promotions or discounts
If an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Tip 3 – Is your surgeon insured?
We see so many cases where negligent cosmetic surgery is carried out by surgeons who aren’t insured and don’t have the money to compensate their victim. Don’t be afraid to ask to see their certificate of insurance.
Tip 4 – Are you having surgery abroad?
Be especially careful if you are thinking about having surgery abroad. How will you cope if follow up care or a revision operation is needed? And remember, if things do go wrong you probably won’t be able to take legal action in the English courts.
Tip 5 – Be clear about your expectations
Tell your surgeon what you want to achieve from the procedure. Is there a particular ‘look’ that you want? Does the surgeon think that your expectations are realistic? Make sure you put everything in writing and use diagrams and pictures to avoid misunderstandings.
Tip 6 – What are the risks of the procedure?
Find out what risks are commonly associated with the procedure and ask your surgeon about these. Don’t be rushed into anything before you have had the time to think it over properly or discuss it with friends and family.
Tip 7 – Clarify the costs
Ask the surgeon to confirm the cost of your procedure in writing and whether any additional costs are likely to arise.
If you follow our 7 top tips for avoiding a cosmetic surgery disaster then hopefully you will not be needing our services. However, if disaster does strike and you need expert guidance on making a no win, no fee cosmetic surgery negligence claim then contact our free helpline by phone or email.