Solutions for bad cosmetic surgery

The BAAPS has designed its own advert which will be seen in various magazines warning people to research the potential health risks if they are intent on having cosmetic surgery.

The Department of Health has also been more active in asking people to think carefully about what they are expecting that cosmetic surgery will bring to them. In particular the department asks whether they expect the procedure to change their life as well as their appearance, whether they believe that a change in their appearance will radically change their life, whether they are thinking of having the surgery for themselves or to please somebody else. It also asks whether they think that having surgery will improve their relationship or their employment prospects and also whether it is reasonable to expect the surgery to achieve the changes in their appearance that they are hoping for.

The Department of Health says that once those questions have been answered, people should take further precautions before agreeing to anything. Anyone considering undergoing cosmetic surgery should thoroughly research potential surgeons and they should not agree to anything or embark on any procedure until they fully understand the surgery involved and the associated risks.

They should not be afraid to ask lots of questions and should realise that however far they have gone in researching and examining the risks involved, there is still time for them to change their mind if they are not fully satisfied with what they have heard from those carrying out the procedure.

Why make a claim? Do I have to go to court? What time limits are there for making a claim?

For most people who have a treatment at a beauty clinic or a spa it is a nice relaxing experience, but for some people it can turn into a traumatic experience leaving them scarred. If you have suffered beauty treatment injuries as a result of negligent beauty treatment in a beauty clinic, spa or hair salon from waxing treatments to hair dye, sunbeds and lasers, you might be entitled to claim compensation.

If after having surgery, the patient is unhappy with any aspect of the procedure, they should first wait for healing to have taken effect. If they are still wanting to complain their first recourse is to contact the surgeon who carried out the surgery. This can be done by contacting the hospital or clinic directly. If still not satisfied the patient can go to the Healthcare Commission which can take action if it feels that the clinic involved has breached its own standards.

If the clinic is not registered with the Healthcare Commission the patient can go to the Independent Sector Complaints Adjudication Service or can make a complaint about a particular doctor to the General Medical Council. The group Action against Medical Accidents can also be contacted for independent advice.

The most important advice is probably not to rush into cosmetic surgery without fully researching it, without asking as many questions as possible and without thinking through the effect it may have on you and your body. Take as much time as is needed before surgery, as after surgery it may be too late!

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Useful related web resources:

Key questions about plastic surgery answered.

British Association of Aesthetics Plastic Surgeons.

Royal College of Surgeons.

Association of Women Surgeons.