Facelift Error Compensation Claims
Patients often arrange to have a facelift in order to boost their self-esteem and benefit from their desired appearance. When the surgery is performed as planned and in a safe environment, the patient is likely to be satisfied and pleased with the results. However, as with all types of surgery, occasionally things go wrong, particularly if inadequate surgeons make errors or do not observe their legal duty of care to patients.
If you have suffered from any harm, suffering or dissatisfaction of results following a facelift, it may be possible to make a claim for compensation. Injury solicitors are highly experienced in this field and will be pleased to discuss your case to determine your eligibility and advise you on the likely amount of compensation that you could be entitled to.
What is a facelift?
A facelift is also known by its official medical term of a ‘rhytidectomy’. The surgery enables patients to benefit from a reduction in the visible signs of ageing. Some facelifts are performed on the whole face, whereas others are used on specific areas. Some common areas that are addressed in a facelift include the removal of improvement of jowls, removal of creases around the eyes and reduction to excess skin on the chin.
In a typical facelift procedure, the skin is detached from tissues and the excess fat is removed and muscles are tightened. The skin is then re-stitched back into its previous place and often supported with bandages or dressings to minimise the risk of infection and increase healing time.
Depending upon the level of work required, a facelift can take several hours, followed by multiple days of recovery. There is likely to be some bruising and inflammation to the skin following the procedure, but the surgeon should give the patient sufficient information relating to the post-surgery expectations and care. This is a legal obligation, and if you feel that you were not fully prepared for the surgery or aftercare, you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation if you have suffered from additional injury or illness as a result.
Types of Facelift
There are several types of facelift that are available, and the methods used in surgery can differ greatly. There are three main types of facelift for cosmetic surgery purposes. They are:
- SMAS Facelift, which is the most common form of the surgery and is also known as a ‘typical’ facelift. SMAS stands for Superficial Musculo Aponeurotic System and refers to the face’s suspense system, which can be restrung and secured in order to meet the desired effect. In this surgery, an incision is made along the hairline of the patient and the skin is separated from the underlying tissues. The SMAS is then tightened with sutures, and the skin is reattached, with excess skin being removed prior to stitching.
- Subperiosteal facelift technique is similar to the SMAS procedure and is performed by lifting soft tissue vertically, detaching it completely from the facial bones and repositioning to achieve the desired look. The subperiosteal facelift results in more severe swelling which takes longer to clear than alternative facelift methods.
- Thread Lift cosmetic surgery is a significantly less invasive facelift procedure than alternatives and is most often used to address sagging skin around the eyes, forehead and nose. This type of procedure can be carried out under local anaesthetic and has a shorter recovery period when performed correctly.
Am I eligible to make a claim for compensation?
The majority of facelift procedures are carried out by professional, experienced and highly trained surgeons without complications or negative effects. However, with the increase in demand for such surgery, there has been an influx of unscrupulous surgeons who carry out procedures without proper training, qualifications, hygiene standards or equipment. The results can be devastating and lead to significant physical and emotional damage.
If you have suffered from any error or damage following a facelift procedure and the medical practitioner was to blame, it is likely that you will be eligible to make a claim for compensation. The solicitors we work in partnership with are highly skilled in assessing individual cases, and they would be pleased to discuss your claim and provide advice on the likely outcome. This case assessment is completely free of charge and provided with no obligation to proceed further. To get started, simply call free on 0800 678 1410 or request a call back.
Potential Negative Results Following a Facelift
A facelift, just like with any form of surgery, comes with the potential of side-effects or risks to health. Your surgeon is legally obliged to discuss the potential risks with you prior to the operation in order for you to determine whether you are prepared to proceed based on informed potential outcomes. Some of the unexpected results that could be suffered following a facelift include:
- Excessive bruising which can extend down the neck in severe instances
- Excessive swelling
- Pain including in the stitches and headaches
- Unnecessary scarring
- Blood clots
- Loss of sin
- Loss of hair
- Unexpected results
- Numbness and muscle damage
If you have suffered from any adverse effects following facelift surgery and your believe that they were caused by medical error or negligence, contact a solicitor to discuss your case and determine whether you are eligible to make a claim for compensation.
Benefits of Using a Solicitor
The solicitors we work in partnership with are a highly experienced and knowledgeable. They work with focus and commitment to secure the highest possible compensation award on your behalf. Additional benefits include:
- A free initial consultation with no obligation to proceed
- A 100% no win, no fee service
- Friendly and welcoming staff who are keen to support you at all times
- Specific medical knowledge and access to experts in the field of cosmetic surgery
- Commitment to securing the highest settlement awards possible.