Our Rock Hill medical malpractice lawyers have learned there has been a marked shift in the kinds of plastic surgeries being conducted in this country.
It used to be, breast and buttocks enhancements were the norm. Now, for the first time in six years, they are down significantly. Instead, CNN reports, more people are opting for facial plastic surgery. Procedures like lifts, injections and laser corrections.
No surgery is risk-free, and most people know that going in. These types of procedures come with very real risks that should be clearly communicated by your surgeon. But perhaps what he or she won’t tell you about is the possibility of malpractice in the form of egregious errors on the part of the medical team.
By conducting these procedures and rendering care to their patients, surgeons imply that they have the education, training and skills necessary to carry out these procedures safely. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
Some of the plastic surgery complications we have seen include:
- Prolonged sedation leading to injury;
- Disability or disfigurement;
- Anesthesia errors;
- Over or under-correction;
- Nerve damage and numbness;
- Excessive skin removal;
- Excessively dry eyes or inability to close eyes;
- Blistering or burning;
- Medication interactions or reactions.
These are just a few, but their prevalence is likely to rise with the number of increasing facial surgeries conducted.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons released an annual report indicating that last year, more than 14.6 million Americans underwent cosmetic procedures. That’s a record, and an overall increase of 5 percent from the previous year. There was actually a 2 percent decline in the number of surgeries, but that was offset by the fact that there was a 6 percent increase in minimally invasive procedures, such as Botox injections, which increased 8 percent within the past year.
The number of face lifts increased by 6 percent, cheek implants also by 6 percent and eyelid lifts by 4 percent.
A big part of the reason for this shift, it’s been determined, is Baby Boomers. Older patients are more likely to seek facial tightening cosmetic procedures, rather than breast or buttocks augmentations. But it’s worth noting that older patients in general are at greater risk of surgical complications than their younger counterparts, even when they are relatively healthy. Surgeons have a critical responsibility to carefully vet each patient prior to the procedure to ensure that certain obvious complications don’t arise.
Even minimally invasive procedures are not without risk. Facial laser treatments, for example, can potentially cause skin discoloration or extensive burns and blisters. And last year in Virginia, a jury awarded more than $210 million to a man who suffered brain injury as a result of Botox injections.
Some victims of botched procedures may be less likely to file suit out of embarrassment or shame. But when these things happen, they are not your fault, and you may be entitled to compensation.
Contact Lee Law Offices today by calling 800-887-1965.
Breasts, butts out in 2012; faces in, Feb. 19, 2013, By Dr. Anthony Youn, Special to CNN
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