Plastic surgeries are usually elective procedures women and men undergo to improve their personal appearance. Sometimes they are necessary to correct the consequences from a serious accident, such as a fire that caused disfiguring burns. When you go under the knife, you expect your surgeon to be competent and professional. A simple mistake before, during, or after your operation could have potentially deadly consequences.
Types of plastic surgeries
Cosmetic surgery is a lucrative and attractive field for physicians. It is especially popular in high income areas. Yet, sometimes a doctor will go into the business without proper knowledge or training, leading to patient harm. A few common plastic surgery procedures that may involve negligence include:
- Breast augmentation
- Eyelid surgery
- Laser hair removal
- Skin peels
- Rhinoplasty (“nose job”)
You may also visit a medical spa that offers Botox injections, fillers, or lip injections. Incorrectly injecting a patient can be extremely hazardous.
How can medical malpractice occur in terms of plastic surgery?
Medical malpractice is committed when a doctor fails apply a standard of care that all plastic surgeons are required to adhere to; and that failure subsequently causes harm to the patient.
Examples of medical malpractice in plastic surgery procedures are:
- Failing to obtain informed consent. Surgeons have a duty to explain the known risks of plastic surgery to their patients and get an acknowledgement in writing that the patient understands the risks.
- Failing to obtain a full medical history. Your doctor needs to know about your allergies, past procedures, current medical problems, and a full list of medications you take. The physician should be diligent in recording this information, and should not perform a surgery that could be dangerous.
- Surgical errors. Mistakes may include failing to administer the right amount of anesthesia, operating on a wrong body part, or leaving instruments in the patient’s body. In some cases, the doctor will perform the operation incorrectly and leave undesirable results. A medical malpractice lawyer can help determine if these surgical mistakes are egregious enough to warrant legal proceedings.
Tragically, plastic surgery mistakes could lead to:
- Scarring that is not normal for the type of procedure being performed
- Infections, nerve damage, and tissue damage
- Swelling and bruising that does not subside with time
- Skin discoloration
- Excessive bleeding
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