Liposuction Surgery Compensation Claims
Liposuction (also addressed as lipo-sculpture or Lipoplasty) is a cosmetic surgery technique which is designed to remove fat from certain areas of the body. This procedure is used mainly for those common areas where fat naturally builds up. This is mainly areas such as the abdomen, thighs, hips and buttocks as well as the sides and upper arms.
There are numerous types of Liposuction techniques, which include:
- Tumescent liposuction: This is the most popular form of liposuction. A Dilute solution of anaesthesia is inoculated into the fat beneath the skin. A small plastic tube is inserted into the incision. The tube is attached to a vacuum machine, the tube moves around to loosen the fat deposits and then draws it out.
- Water jet assisted liposuction: This method comprises the injection of a dilute solution such as the one used in tumescent liposuction. However, in this instance it is pressurised steam of water used to loosen the fat cells.
- Laser liposuction: This technique uses a fibre optic laser. The beam of the laser causes the fat cells to break down, melting them, then the fat is removed by suction.
Liposuction is a common procedure but as with all forms of surgery, it is not entirely risk free. Specialists have a responsibility to ensure that all patients are fully informed of these risks before they opt to undergo liposuction.
Liposuction negligence can be because of numerous factors, such as medical errors, failure to detect and treat infections that might occur and carrying out the procedure to a patient who is not suitable for the surgery type. These factors are sufficient grounds to build a strong liposuction negligence claim.
Consequences of negligent Liposuction
It is difficult to fully see the results of the liposuction surgery until the inflammation has subsided, which in some cases can take several months. Practitioners have a responsibility to their patients to provide a service that meets a certain standard. If you feel that has not happened with you and thus you have suffered as a result, you should be entitled to claim compensation.
Common consequences of a negligent Liposuction procedure include:
- Poor body shape or contour deformity.
- Nerve damage or numbness.
- Bumpy asymmetric skin after the fat has been removed.
- Blood poisoning - If too much solution is injected, the anaesthetic solution may enter the blood stream.
- Scarring and other skin damage/ spotted' appearance (Normal scars can take up to a year to heal).
- Puncturing an internal organ.
- Some liposuction patients find that the surgery does not produce the results they had been assured of.
If you feel that you may have been a victim of cosmetic surgery negligence, during or following a liposuction surgery, you may have a claim.