Facelifts (rhytidectomy) are still one of the more popular surgical cosmetic procedures although unfortunately many do not go to plan. As a facelift procedure is not generally available on the NHS this brings in the private sector and the significant variation in quality of treatment.
Cosmetic Surgery And Facelifts
There are two ways to look at cosmetic surgery and in this instance facelift injury claims. There are the promises from private clinics where the results fall well short of expectations. It is worth noting that in general you cannot pursue compensation because you did not like the outcome but where specific promises have been made this is a different matter. The second factor when considering making a facelift injury claim for compensation relates to the way in which the procedure was carried out and the warnings given. Just because a private clinic explained the challenges and issues surrounding facelift surgery this does not absolve them from negligence claims in the event of a substandard end result.
Unfortunately, the assumption that warning a patient of potential challenges and issues with facelift surgery is sufficient to negate any negligence claims in the future means many valid compensation claims have not been pursued.
What Conditions Can Arise With Facelift Surgery
It is fair to say that those undertaking facelift procedures will experience a degree of discomfort in the immediate aftermath. Generally this discomfort will be relatively short lived but unfortunately there are some conditions which may emerge, including:
- Haematoma – this is a collection of blood under the surface of the skin which is often unsightly and may require additional surgery to remove.
- Nerve damage is fairly common amongst facelift compensation claims leading to a loss of sensation and reduced facial movement.
- Asymmetrical facial features – in certain circumstances facelift surgery can bring about asymmetrical facial features which may require additional treatment to correct.
- Scarring – industry-standard facelift procedures can result in minimal scarring although sometimes they can take a few months to settle down.
- Infection – it is imperative that facelift procedures are carried out in a surgically clean environment to minimise the chances of infection.
- Allergic reaction – while not unique to facelift surgery, many people may encounter an allergic reaction to the anaesthetic to varying degrees.
If you choose a registered private clinic with experienced facelift surgeons to carry out the rhytidectomy the likelihood is that you will experience minimal discomfort and long-term benefits. However, those who look to cut corners and save money may well pay the price with their health.
Common Facelift Injury Compensation Claims
As well as specific types of facial disfigurement it is common for many people to experience psychiatric damage as a consequence of botched facelift surgery. This can have a significant impact upon a person’s quality of life and can in some circumstances lead to significant compensation claims. Every facelift injury claim is unique to the individual which makes it difficult to provide an accurate evaluation of what compensation you might be entitled to. However we are able to show average compensation amounts for injuries associated with facelift negligence claims.
Compensation Amounts For Facial Disfigurement
- Trivial scarring as a consequence of substandard facelift surgery can lead to compensation from £1,360 up to £2,810.
- Significant scarring to a relatively low degree which may require camouflage make-up, or involve more than one scar, but has little impact on the victim’s life can lead to compensation of between £3,150 and £10,960.
- Significant scarring which may require plastic surgery to reduce the impact, but leaving visible injuries, tends to attract compensation of between £7,270 and £23,980.
- Severe scarring towards the lower end of the scale will include disfigurements and significant psychiatric/psychological issues resulting in compensation awards between £14,320 and £38,600.
- Very severe scarring where cosmetic camouflage has little or no effect, leading to disfiguration of the face and psychiatric challenges, opens up the opportunity to claim compensation from £23,740 up to £77,580.
If you would like to discuss a facelift injury with a personal injury solicitor for advice on claiming compensation please call us today.
Proving Negligence For A Facelift Injury
When looking to prove negligence for facelift negligence the main argument used tends to be whether the result and the way in which the rhytidectomy procedure was carried out were comparable to that of similar procedures. It is worth noting that registered cosmetic surgeons are not allowed to make promises with regards to end results – this eliminates the opportunity to claim compensation for failing to deliver on promises. However, where unregistered surgeons are operating they may well attempt to seal the deal with promises they are not able to deliver. It is likely that claims involving cosmetic surgery may require the assistance of specialist personal injury claim solicitors.
If you experienced issues with your facelift surgery which were not explained, unexpected and lead to pain and discomfort, you should gather as much evidence as possible. First of all you must report this to the cosmetic surgery clinic and give them the opportunity to respond. In relation to evidence to support a facelift compensation claim, photographs tend to speak a thousand words, witness statements and company literature (which may have made promises which were unfulfilled) will all prove useful. It is also helpful to put together a record of events from the first consultation to the actual operation and the post-surgery issues. Where corrective facelift surgery is required this can also be used as evidence in a court of law when pursuing compensation.
Filing A Facelift Injury Claim
If you’re looking to file a facelift compensation claim you should get in touch with a personal injury solicitor to discuss what has happened. Personal injury solicitors will be able to tell very quickly in most cases whether or not you should start a facelift claim and how likely it is to be successful. Should they decide you have a strong claim to facelift compensation it’s likely they will do so with a No Win No Fee arrangement.
Your personal injury solicitor will file your facelift compensation claim with the courts together with all of the evidence. This would be made available to the defendant and where negligence for your facelift has been proven and accepted they may well pursue an early settlement to avoid court proceedings. If negligence has been disputed or there might be shared negligence among various parties the compensation claim would likely go to court. A judge will review all evidence and make a ruling together with details of any facelift injury compensation award where applicable.