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Cosmetic Surgery Negligence

It will come as no surprise to some readers that cosmetic surgery in the UK is poorly regulated. At least, it is when compared to some of our European neighbors. When things go wrong, it is down to the patient to put them right. As cosmetic procedures are 98% privately funded, the issues of redress are nearly always through legal enforcement.

The thinking here from the powers that be is that if you can afford the surgery, you can afford the lawyers…

There are a great many solicitors out there offering no win no fee agreements.  You will see from our various pages, many of these agreements have hidden clauses. These tend to revolve around irrecoverable costs and insurance premiums. Not with our members though. We have a unique 20% deduction. This 20% applies only if you win and never anything more. If you lose, then there is nothing to pay at all. Nobody out there that we know of offers a better deal. 

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Why Claim For Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Negligence..?

Some of the most popular cosmetic procedures include breast enlargement, liposuction, breast reduction, a tummy tuck, or face lifts. These are all “elective” ie you don’t have to (in most cases) undergo this surgery.

There are,  for most people, all sorts of good reasons why you might choose to have cosmetic surgery. You may consider having a cosmetic procedure to improve a feature you’re unhappy with, or it could be that you simply want to look younger. It’s understandable that when the ageing process has made you feel less comfortable or less confident you desire change. It doesn’t really matter what the reason is, you are entitled to the highest possible standards of surgical skill and surgical safety. You are also entitled to the best clinical advice available, which should include: 

  • – what are the risks of surgery and recovery – what are the benefits?
  • – what can go wrong – what can be done to minimise that?
  • – is this right for me –  are there alternatives that give similar results?

Cosmetic surgery can be very exciting and it can bring a range of benefits making you feel better about the way you look. For many men and women, it will be a life-changing moment. It is appropriate to say that the patients place great trust in the hands of the cosmetic surgeon. That trust is one based on the utmost respect for the process and for the surgeon.

However, there is no doubt, in some cases that trust is misplaced. Many of our clients are left with poor outcomes and woefully poor responses post surgery. 

When things go wrong, a refund alone is not going to be sufficient. The promise of corrective surgery and a refund is not really appropriate either. Ultimately then, the reason to bring a claim is because your trust has been broken, you have been let down and you cannot consider another way forward. The only way to ensure that you receive the best solution for your predicament is to hire a clinical lawyer who specialises in cosmetic plastic surgery. 

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Can I win a Cosmetic Surgery Negligence Claim?

It would be wrong not to state from the outset that poor surgical outcomes can result even from the best surgical practice. In good business models, the cosmetic practice usually allow for some degree of refund (the good ones at least) however, this is the issue at the heart of every enquiry – How do you know that this is a poor but non-negligent outcome? Or how do you know that the refund is all you can get?

After all every negligent surgeon that our members have ever sued has at some point indicated to the client that “it is the risk of surgery” or that “these things happen and its no ones fault” or even “that is not as bad you believe it is” – being able to determine that negligence has taken place and it is actually poor surgery rather than bad luck is beyond most patients. Cosmetic Plastic Surgery and assocaited negligence provides real challenges for lawyers and patients alike.

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Instruct a Law Med Solicitor and you will get a full member of the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel. Act now and receive a  full no obligation discussion  and assessment about your Cosmetic plastic surgery claim. Tel 01904-914-989 or email info@law-med.co.uk

Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Negligence Claims Questions…

We appreciate that you are likely to have questions and that sometimes you want to know more before you talk to a lawyer. We have therefore listed below in the blue banners (just click to expand them) a series of frequently asked questions about cosmetic negligence claims. If you still have questions then just get in contact and our members can answer them for you.

Can a Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Claim be run on a NO WIN NO FEE?

Yes! In fact almost every clinical, cosmetic or plastic claim these days is run this way. At the Law-Med, Medical Panel, Solicitors have to be members of the Law Society specialist clinical negligence panel. They can then access insurance products that typically other Solicitors cannot. That means that these claims benefit from a low “uplift”. This is the amount that you pay out of your compensation if you win (typically 20%). These expert Solicitors can then waive insurance charges (they are included in that 20% uplift). All of this means that you will get a larger settlement than you would with a non panel member solicitor or a personal injury lawyer.

What are Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Negligence Claims Worth?

The majority of Cosmetic Negligence actions settle for in excess of £20,000.00, in some cases the amount of damages (compensation) could be 10 to 30 times that! Everything depends on the degree of injury, the need for restorative surgery, any psychological damage and associated loss of earnings / expenses. 

How Long Will a Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Claim Take?

To some extent that is out of the hands of the solicitor who handles your case. So much depends on how the defendant behaves. If they admit the negligence early and want to conclude the action then it could potentially be over inside of 6 months. However, a defended action either on liability or on the amount in dispute may stretch on for several years. Ultimately an average case duration of 12 – 18 months is typical but you should not rely on that being the case in every action. 

Will I have to Go to Court?

In most cases no. The tendency is for even disputed claims to go to mediation rather than court but largely the majority of claims settle. The important thing is to get the claim properly investigated and backed up with medical-legal evidence before it is brought before the defendant. This makes settlement more likely and usually much more rapid.

Isn’t this just a breach of contract?

The mistake however, that most Lawyers make is to believe that the matter is one of breach of contract. The issue of breach of contract may well actually exist and in fact may well form part of the claim (in a well pleaded case), however, it is perhaps inappropriate to begin from this starting point. Badly performed surgery, is always an injury, and it is an injury for three very clear reasons. Firstly, you did not consent to being treated badly and therefore there is no legal authority for the damage caused. Secondly you will have to undertake corrective surgery from a different cosmetic surgeon (and this is a intrusion). Lastly, you may be left with scar tissue and / or other complications that cannot be reversed. Do not instruct any Solicitor in this type of action, unless you are confident that they understand these points.

Will I have to undergo revision surgery?

In short, no, whilst you are entitled to the costs of revision surgery and in fact other related losses such as future loss of earnings and expenses, you do not actually have to have them, the option is yours, you are entitled to that option. It is not after all, you fault that you face the prospect of revision surgery. Most clients however, do in the long term return to have corrective surgery undertaken, it takes away a large percentage of the problems associated with body image / self image and allows the psychological healing process to get underway, this is hard to envisage at the outset of a cosmetic surgery claim, however, it is the best possible way forward. 

What are typical Issues in Cosmetic Plastic Surgery?

Breast Augmentation

​These actions cover the whole range of surgical and non surgical negligence. Typically though, the issues tend to revolve around the poor outcome associated with either poor aesthetic result or with surgically inferior technique. This can apply in all cases but in particular: 

  • ​Breast Enlargement
  • Breast Reduction
  • Breast Uplift (Mastopexy)
  • Implantation Placement or Revision
  • Nipple Reduction or Relocation

Liposuction and Abdominoplasty

These actions are typically only detectable post 3 – 6 months from surgery, they are initially masked from observation by the swelling and inflammation of the procedure. The violence of a abdominal surgical operation is often underestimated and the potential for significantly poor outcomes is high. In our collective experience the attempts by the original surgeons to correct the procedures often result in further harm. These often manifest as: ​

  • necrotic fat lumps under the skin turning black. 
  • poor body contouring or contour deformity
  • asymmetrical skin appearance 
  • orange peeling of the skin (underlying scarring)
  • scarring above the vpl into the visible area.
  • poor closing technique leaving unsightly scars. 
  • poor expectation management leading to over-surgery

Rhinoplasty and Blephoraplasty 

Many operations for cosmetic enhancement or plastic reconstruction revolve around the nose and eyes. These are areas of common injury and they also highlight familial inherited traits. Over time and generations these inherited appearance traits often soften but in many cases, surgery is the preferred option. As they are areas of immediate and obvious inspection, the surgery here has to be very highly advanced. Often though, issues arise: 

  • ​nasal collapse (partial or full)
  • saddle deformity or supra tip hollowing
  • deviation of nose or tip of nose – leading to a “broken” appearance
  • asymmetric appearance.
  • stretched appearance to eyelids
  • difficulty in blinking / tearing
  • susceptibility to infection

​Brachioplasty and upper arm / shoulder surgery

​An operation increasing in popularity is the brachioplasty where unsightly or poorly presented fat and loose muscle appears to hang off the arm like “batwings”. The procedure tightens the area and allows for a cleaner younger look. Common issues are:

  • ​loss of sensation and nerve injury
  • loss of range of movement
  • loss of fine motor control 
  • scarring

​Face Lifts and Mini Face Lifts. 

​A face lift is a relatively common cosmetic surgery procedure in which skin is lifted and pulled back in order to achieve a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles or fine lines. Our appearance to others begins with our face and therefore  a strong impact on our self-confidence follows if there is any imperfection in our presentation. Lines and wrinkles, loss of skin elasticity and lack of muscle tone on the face affect us all as we get older. Face-lifts are meant to contend with that but regrettably there are problems; ​

  • -haematoma (blood under the skin)
  • -facial palsy / nerve damage
  • -aneasthetic reaction
  • -scarring
  • -weeping infections and poorly healed areas. 
  • -asymetry of the results (lopsided face) 

Cosmetic Plastic Surgery requires a high degree of lawyer commitment. Only select an expert lawyer for these claims.

Consent Forms..

Can I bring a Cosmetic Surgery Claim? What if I have signed a waiver or consent form, can I still claim for negligence? Have I waived my rights? Are they allowed to do this?

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Why Choose a Law – Med Panel Solicitor?

Any Solicitor who is a member of the Law- Med Panel must subscribe to a fair and transparent funding agreement. They must be able to offer clients a no win no fee agreement and that must guarantee that the maximum amount of compensation that they will pay over in legal costs will never be more than 20%. Further, they must insure the clients case against risk and they must not pass on the costs of that insurance to their client. The policy that they use is written off as part of their costs agreement with you.

They must also have a documented promise of the above so that you can refer back to it if you need to.

In addition, all Solicitors must commit to additional medical training on top of their legal training. All of them must have Postgraduate qualifications in Medicine, Forensic Medicine or be a dual qualified lawyer and clinician. They must all also confirm that they will uphold the highest levels of customer service and have high feedback scores from previous clients.

If you are wondering if other Solicitors have these things – by all means check, you will find Law-Med have the best lawyers for you to choose from.

No Win No Fee..

Our panel Solicitors all have to agree the same transparent and fair funding agreement. They can never charge you more than 20% of your winnings and cannot pass on insurance charges. If you lose the claim, there is no charges at all. The best lawyers and the best deal.

Other Cosmetic Sugery Claim Considerations to think about.

Cosmetic procedures can go wrong and when they do they cause  distress, pain and expense to the patient. Infection may follow, requiring further medical treatment. The result of the surgery in terms of the patient’s actual appearance can be much worse than predicted, revision surgery is often essential.

Can I sue a foreign doctor for Cosmetic Surgery abroad?

Yes. No matter where a doctor is located we can sue, the only reason we wouldn’t is that there is no assets or insurance to deal with the claim. As long as the surgeon can pay we can sue for you. We have had successful claims in the US, Brazil, Canada, Europe and even Japan. 

How much of my money will you take in fees?

​We take a maximum of 20% of your award, it can be less than this but it will never be more. If you lose the claim, the costs are nothing at all. 

Can I get Cosmetic Surgery revision straight away?

​Yes, if there is an early admission, we can fund your surgery, in fact it will help to do so as it will mean that the claim can be accurately quantified very quickly. 

Who will deal with my case?

​From start to finish your claim will be handled by Graham Balmforth LLB, DipFMS Msc (F.Med) a dual qualified Solicitor and Barrister with long history of conducting aesthetic and cosmetic legal actions.  

The thinking here from the powers that be is that if you can afford the surgery, you can afford the lawyers…

There are a great many solicitors out there offering no win no fee agreements.  We have a unique agreement with our members for a 20% deduction. This 20% applies only if you win and never anything more.

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Breast Surgery

Breast surgery claims fall neatly into two topics, those operations that are performed in order to cure disease, infection or illness and those that are performed to enhance the cosmetic appearance of the breasts. Of course it is possible to combine these operations and rarely is breast surgery performed for the curative purposes without some degree of thought to the reconstruction of the breast tissue or to the issues of cosmetic appearance following the event. In spite of what many solicitors may tell you, a claim can be made for damages for the negligence as well as contractual repayment  / refunds.

Regardless of the reasons for surgery, the end result can have a devastating effect on the patient. Ultimately the individuals body image and their feelings of confidence and worth are often so closely intertwined that they cannot be separated. In such circumstances the injury is rarely just physical and has emotional and often long lasting psychological effects. 

Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation — sometimes refereed to as mammoplasty — is surgery to increase breast size or redefine breast shape. It involves placing breast implants underneath existing breast tissue. For many women, this augmentation is simply a method to achieve a degree of confidence in appearance. For others, it’s part of rebuilding the breast after operations have been performed for various conditions.

There are of course risks associated with the procedure and here we list some (ignoring the risks that are present for all surgery), this list is far from exhaustive:

The Risks of Breast Augmentation.

Here there is the risk of the scar tissue, distorting the shape of the breast or even the shape of the breast implant. This is generally referred to as “capsular contracture” and if it cannot be cured through manipulation (daily massage) it will  require a further operation, usually to remove the implant and replace with a new implant that is wrapped in a “dermal matrix” which mimics the surrounding tissue and allows the capsule to move freely even if the scar tissue impinges on it. 

​Pain associated with either the scar tissue or with the strain on the breast tissue from adjusting to the implant.

​Loss of sensation in the breast or in the nipple. This  might be the result of the compression of small nerve fibers in the chest wall or the tissue of the breast. It might also be because the delicate nerve fibres within the breast have been damaged by surgery. 

​Implant Rupture / Implant Leakage – rare these days but occasionally still manifesting itself.  All  breast implants have an outer, silicone shell that can potentially develop a tear or hole usually referred to as a rupture. A saline implant also has a valve that can fail, which can then cause a leak. The risks of such leakage through damage are of course magnified by the duration that the implant has been in situ but there are instances of damage occurring during surgery that have gone unnoticed. 

​Nipple repositioning and imbalanced appearance. Generally with breast implants the results are favourable. The appearance of the breasts whilst initially effected by local inflammation from the procedure, settles down and the breasts appear symmetrical, however, this cannot be guaranteed. The process involves implants being placed beneath existing breast tissue, therefore, there is always some variation from the way the body reacts to this imposition. This variability can lead to the breasts being off symmetry and the nipples no longer being aligned. The results can be very disappointing. 

​Cancer – it is thankfully rare however, there is now an established link between those who have had breast implants and the development of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), a rare cancer of the immune system. 

The Experts who report on Cosmetic Surgery Claims are among the worlds leading plastic and cosmetic surgeons. They are often at the leading edge of aesthetic surgical research.

Mr Graham G Balmforth, LLB, Dipfms, Msc (F.Med) Solicitor Advocate
Mr Graham G Balmforth, LLB, Dipfms, Msc (F.Med) Solicitor Advocate

A Dual Qualified Solicitor and Barrister, Mr Balmforth has a background in litigation and advocacy surrounding complex facial injury – including those actions involving surgical and dental error as well as catastrophic facial accidents and cosmetic injuries.


Non Cosmetic Procedures (reconstructive and plastic)

There is of course, always the danger of surgical error, infection, nerve damage and poor cosmetic outcome even if you have not opted for a cosmetic or plastic procedure. The reality is that non cosmetic procedures on the breast are still just as susceptible to negligence as cosmetic ones. The typical reasons for surgery are :

There is an inevitable statistical likelihood of surgical negligence in operations as there are many thousands of such operations every day. Ours is not a perfect world, however, some errors are avoidable.

It would be extraordinary if there was no associated problems. If you feel that you have suffered negligence through cosmetic surgical error and you think you may have a claim then get in touch today. One of our Solicitors will advise you of the best route forward. It may be that this is a complaint, an investigation or a no win no fee claim.

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Non Invasive Cosmetic Procedures.

It is fair to say that the beauty treatment industry has undergone massive growth in the last 15 years with an annual turnover of close to £7 billion in the UK as declared income. It is important to note that much of this income is generated from practitioners who have no qualifications and no or little experience in the industry. The situation is generally  improving towards regulating beauty therapists, beauty treatment establishments and businesses. However, it is also the case that there remains little in the way of a structure for that regulation or complaint.

Many victims of bad treatment are therefore lost in the maze of what to do and often this leads to them trying to complain to the treatment centre often without any back up or real understanding of what they are entitled to. 

If you have been injured as a consequence of a treatment you could be entitled to bring a compensation claim. A solicitor will write to the clinic and get confirmation of the technical aspects of the claim. They will set out the complaint and ask for a preliminary disclosure of pertinent information. This will usually be the insurance company for the clinic and the status of the person performing the treatments. The clinic may at this stage make an early admission of breach of duty. 

You are not just entitled to claim a refund on your clinic / salon charges, you are also entitled to compensation for your injury and any expenses as well as rectification costs and interest.  Clinics will often get you to sign a waiver just to get the refund. If this has happened to you, get in contact we may still be able to assist you.


Botox and Filler Claims

Call today to speak to a Panel Member with experience of Non and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures on 01904-914-989 completely free and without obligation.

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What Can Be Claimed For

Typical Claims involve:

  • Damaged hair or scalp due to chemicals or issues with equipment.
  • Burns caused by laser treatments.
  • Waxing injuries caused by bleaching or burns.
  • Allergic reactions to various chemicals.
  • Tanning injuries.
  • Chemical Burns.
  • Eyelash and similar treatments which result in eye injuries.
  • Spillages and accidents in the salon.
  • Botox and Filler Issues
  • Dermabrasion and Skin Damage Generally

Of course you can also claim for any expenses associated with rectification such as dissolving operations and cosmetic surgery if scarring is significant. If there are substantial losses such as lost earnings or psychological damage that also adds to the compensation for treatment and injury.

What About Allergic Reactions

The increasing use of chemicals in the beauty industry has also seen an increase in beauty treatment negligence claims as a consequence of allergic reactions. Knowing if a particular substance is likely to produce a reaction is essential. The route to minimize the risk of allergy is to do what is known as a “patch test”. This involves the administration of a  patch of the substance onto the customer’s skin to see if there is any allergic reaction. If there is a reaction then either a replacement substance will be required or the beauty treatment cannot be completed.

What Evidence Do I Need?

Where visible injuries are sustained the most persuasive and perhaps strongest evidence is photographs or videos of the injuries, whether that be bruising or scarring sustained. It is all very important documentation and any surgeon assessing damage later may want access to these photos to see how the injury developed over time.

Also witness evidence of the effect this has had on you and the and way others perceive you is also very strong evidence indeed.  In the same way as any compensation claim, you should also make a detailed note of any losses sustained, whether they be costs of treatment, travel expenses consultation costs etc. 

How Can I Tell If the Clinic Has Qualified Staff?

The safest way to have any procedure undertaken is to ensure that the person undertaking it is in fact a qualified doctor or nurse. If there is no medical qualification (they will have to tell you) then it has to be expected that this represents s a risk. In any procedure involving Botox, you have to meet with a qualified prescribing clinician (usually a Dr or Nurse), moves are afoot to widen the people who can prescribe however, at present that consultation is mandatory that doesn’t mean though, that the person who gives the treatment is also qualified, in many cases they will not be. Just ask.

There is no comprehensive way of finding out who has qualifications and who does not beforehand however, check out the video by this renowned Harley Street Cosmetic Doctor on this page to see the dangers of not undertaking proper research into your consultant before you pay for treatments. 


Botox and Filler Claims…

  • Allergic reactions, swelling,loss of sensation. 
  • Localised paralysis.
  • Dribbling, Slurred speech and messy eating. 
  • Facial disfigurement
  • Stress and Anxiety, headaches and tension pain.
  • Blurred vision and lazy eye. 
  • Psychological damage. 

If you have suffered an adverse outcome as a result of negligent botulinum (Botox) injection treatment, it may be possible to bring a no win no fee action. This will be against the person or clinic that applied this treatment. It may be that you suffered harm not through cosmetic treatment but as a medical treatment. The Botox formula is used as a muscle stimulant or relaxant method for muscle control. In these cases the claim can still be made but much of what follows may not apply directly to you. Call today to discuss. Botox is administered by injection directly into tissue. 

The Botox formulae works by preventing the release of  the naturally occurring chemical acetylcholine. This is what causes the muscles to contract. It is also sometimes injected into the neck, the jaw and the armpits to treat excessive sweating or even the colon to control the urgency created by bowel diseases such as crones and ulcerative collitus.

There is a myth that Botox injuries are transient, that is to say that the effects of Botox rarely last for more than 6 months. This is because, this is how long the injection effect typically lasts. However, whilst partially true, this is a simplification. Many injuries can result in permanent nerve deficits which can have profound effects on peoples appearance.

Dermal and Lip Fillers

Dermal fillers are now in universal use. They are believed to help fill out aged related facial lines and to add a sort of plumpness to the areas of the face. The procedure itself is relatively quick. It is usually without discomfort and usually the results are clear within a few hours. These procedures are not without risk. The following is a list of issues that we have seen arise. 

  • Acne-like skin eruptions.
  • Asymmetry (lop sided appearance).
  • Bruising (which can last weeks and be very dark in appearance).
  • Bleeding from the injection site.
  • Swelling (either intermittent or lasting semi – permanent).
  • Wound and  scarring marks.
  • Lumps and Bumps of the filler under the skin.
  • Rashes and blemishes.
  • Over-correction of wrinkles.
  • Blindness and vision issues.
  • Skin necrosis (ulceration and skin death). 

The issues with dermal fillers can cause great discomfort and often require surgical corrective treatment.

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What type of filler causes damage

First, it is important to realise the fillers themselves are rarely harmful if used properly by a suitable clinician. The issue is when they are applied negligently by inappropriate or inexperienced staff. 

The Most Common Fillers. 

Calcium hydroxylapatite. Various names are used such as “Radiesse”. Often it is used to plump creases, and lines. It is also marketed as a means to enhance fullness of the cheeks. It is bio-synthetically produced. This lowers the risk of an allergic reaction. This type of dermal filler is known to produce a very natural result, doesn’t migrate and side effects are rare. This dermal filler was first used in dentistry and reconstructive surgery and has a long safety record.

​Hyaluronic acid. Also known as, Captique, Esthélis, Elevess, Hylaform, Juvederm, Perlane, Prevelle, Puragen and  Restylane.  They are  injections  which can be used to improve the skin’s  general contour and reduce  scars, injury or lines. You can see potentially dramatic improvements. Typically, improvements can be seen in: acne scars and measles marks, cheek depressions, crow’s feet, smile lines, frown lines etc. The UK it is frequently seen redefining lip borders and creating plumper lips. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance. High concentrations are found in soft connective tissues and in the fluid surrounding your eyes. It is one of  the most popular kinds of injectable fillers.

Polymethyl-methacrylate microspheres (PMMA) whose branded name in Europe is Bellafill is considered a semi-permanent filler and is most often used to treat medium-to-deep wrinkles. PMMA is often used instead of collagen replacement therapy or hyaluronic therapy. PMMA has been used for many years in permanent surgical implants. One of the downsides of PMMA is that a number of injections are needed to create volume and it can take up to three months to realize the full effects. It may also be visible under the skin.

Stimulating Fillers.

​Polyalkylimide. Common usage is also Aquamid. It is a long lasting but not permanent dermal filler. and is often used to treat deeper wrinkles. It has little reaction with human tissue, meaning it’s bio-compatible.   After the injection, a thin layer of collagen slowly forms around it over the course of about a month. The gel is eventually completely surrounded. A single procedure can inject large volume. This product, which is thought to be quite stable over time, can even be removed if necessary.

​Polylactic acid whose brand name is Sculptra is a synthetic filler that is injected into your face, causing your body’s own production of collagen. This type of dermal filler is known as a stimulator. It is non-toxic. PA also is a biodegradable substance has been used for more than 40 years as suture material. It is known to work particularly well in the lower half of your face. It can fill crease lines and plump thin lips, etc. This substance is unlike other dermal fillers because it doesn’t produce immediate results. Instead, it stimulates your own body’s collagen production, so results appear gradually over a period of a few months.

How Can Fat Be Used as a Dermal Filler

Some people opt for fat injections. These, use fat cells which are “harvested” from elsewhere on the patient’s own body. These are then injected to enhance shape. Fat harvesting requires a more extensive procedure than soft tissue fillers. A “donor area” must be selected (typically buttocks) and liposuction is used to extract that fat. The suctioned fat can then be transferred to the face, as a graft. The fat then has to redevelop a blood supply in order to survive. About 50% of the fat injected will survive, and the surviving fat will last forever. In the face, most of the transferred fat usually survives. However the results can be a shockingly unpredictable. This is a minor surgical procedure and as such has no place in the beauty clinic. 

Are Swollen Lips Worth Claiming For?

It is important to realise 2 things. If the product has been used properly then there should be no swelling. The appearance of bloated lips may be a temporary immune / allergic reaction and one that is not negligent (assuming a patch test was performed). However even with a patch test it is important to note that some people can only become sensitised to the filler after multiple exposures. 

​The real issue is where there has been overuse of the material (ie too much has been deployed) or it has not been deployed at the right level. This often leads to bubbling or localised swelling. Sometimes a cyst like appearance is present which may burst on pressuring it. 

The best way to find out if you have a claim is to speak to a legal panel solicitor. They can tell you very quickly if there is a claim and what the procedure is. 

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