Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
It is unfortunate, but we live in a society where women mostly are constantly seeking approval based on Hollywood standards and youthfulness, bra cup size and body mass index.
According to the American Heritage Stedman’s Medical Dictionary, “Cosmetic surgery modifies or improves the appearance of a physical feature, irregularity, or defect. Cosmetic surgery, also called plastic surgery, may enhance a person’s self-confidence and fix a harelip, oversized ears, and deviated septum. Cosmetic surgery has been known to undo the facial trauma caused by car accidents and dog bites”.
When cosmetic surgery works, it can be beautiful; however, when something goes wrong, it can cause irreparable damage to the mind and body, adverse long-term side effects, and even death.
Aside from cosmetic surgery not being covered by health insurance and a long time to heal, there are many risks involved. Being unhappy with the results is not a cause for medical malpractice, but serious surgical complications can include:
- Accumulation of fluids beneath the incision
- Excessive bleeding
- Infection at the site
- Skin breakdown
- Adverse reaction to general anesthesia
Any type of doctor can make a mistake that harms a patient and prompts the filing of a medical malpractice lawsuit.
If cosmetic surgery produces an undesired result, the patient may be able to sue the surgeon but must be able to prove different elements in order to prevail in a lawsuit.
Lawsuits arising out of problems related to cosmetic surgery tend to fall into one of the following categories:
- Breach of contract – Fails to perform the surgery that was agreed upon, such as using the wrong kind of material in an augmentation procedure
- Breach of warranty – If the doctor does not produce the promised results
- Medical negligence – The doctor made a mistake
When a doctor fails to exercise the proper standard of medical care, devastating consequences can result.
If you are considering cosmetic surgery, don’t be fooled by fake testimonials or dramatic before and after pictures. Look for a qualified plastic surgeon with a lot of experience.
When you entrust your appearance to a cosmetic surgeon and that trust is broken, you feel angry, confused and cheated. If you have suffered negative side effects as a direct result of cosmetic surgery, you may be the victim of medical malpractice.
Contact the personal injury law offices of Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi to discuss your legal options.