Just because a surgery is elective, such as plastic surgery, does not mean that standards of care can be lax. When performing medical procedures of any kind, plastic surgeons -- just like any other doctors -- are expected to possess a certain level of skill, knowledge and experience. The possibility of hurting or disfiguring a person should keep them in a state of constant vigilance and attention when performing their job. People have elective surgery done for various reasons:
- Cosmetic surgery and procedures for improving appearance
- Reconstructive surgery in cases of accidents and injury
- Plastic surgery to repair birth defects
The end result people look for is aesthetic enhancement and increased self esteem. Some elective procedures are abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), blepheroplasty (eyelid), botox injections, collagen injections, forehead and brow lifting, hair replacement, laser surgery, laser facial resurfacing, liposuction, mastopexy (breast augmentation), mentoplasty (chin), otoplasty (ear), rhinoplasty (nose).
Plastic surgery procedures are not tightly regulated enough. Some disreputable people are practicing these procedures and causing physical deformity, emotional trauma, and financial loss to innocent people. The most horrid results of negligence from elective procedures are hemorrhage and death. The following is a list of other complications caused by negligent plastic surgeons:
- Allergic reactions
- Excessive scarring
- Loss of function (smell, sight, feeling)
- Nerve damage
- Uneven or unsightly results
Informed consent of the patient knowing risks for an elective procedure does not excuse a plastic surgeon who has not provided a proper standard of care or result. Many horrid images are available that show gross negligence on the part of plastic surgeons. Whether they were performing procedures they were not qualified to do, did not have the proper knowledge of or were not experienced at- it is provider negligence. If the results were bad or injuries resulted beyond what would have happened to most plastic surgeons in the same situation, then the doctor could be found negligent. Patients could also be harmed by allergic reactions to injections and implanted products if patient medical history is not checked by the provider. In cases of implant leakage or rupture, an injured patient may have a negligence case against a provider and a product-related injury case against the manufacturer of the implants.
If you or loved one experienced disfigurement, injury, loss of function, or another complication from a botched plastic surgery, you may be eligible for damages. Call the Sweeney Law Firm and let us review the facts to see if you have a plastic surgeon medical provider malpractice case. If we accept your case, we work on a contingency fee basis, meaning there is no cost for representation unless there is settlement or a recovery of funds for you.