You may have noticed in the press today that the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) said there were over 51,000 surgical procedures last year which is an increase on the year before. This relates to surgical cosmetic procedures than opposed to cosmetic procedures in general many of which are non-surgical such as laser hair removal, laser tattoo removal, cryotherapy and many others. You will have noticed that nine out of ten procedures were for women although there was an increase in men seeking cosmetic surgical procedures. These statistics also show that breast enlargement was the main surgical procedure, followed by eyelid surgery, face and neck lifts and breast reductions. However an interesting fact from those statistics is that liposuction increased by 20%. The reason for the increase BAAPS have suggested is partly improving economy and social media.
Whilst I would not deter anyone from undergoing a cosmetic surgical procedure or non-surgical cosmetic procedure I would add a word of caution and that is that much of the cosmetic procedure industry is unregulated or certainly not sufficiently regulated and common problems occur with injections, fillers and for example someone having laser surgery for hair removal from the face and after a number of sessions the strength of the laser is increased without consultation which results in blotching and burning of the skin. So the message really is to make sure that when you decide on a procedure that you ask sufficient questions of the experience of the person carrying out the procedure and also how many times they have performed the procedure and what are the success rates generally for that particular practitioner and the particular clinic. I will also recommend you consider the contract you will sign carefully as to setting out all of the potential risks and side effects.
Cosmetic surgery claims
If you have any queries or concerns over cosmetic procedures either surgical or non-surgical and whether you think they may have gone wrong please do not hesitate to contact our team of personal injury specialists at Bray & Bray Solicitors in Leicester: 0116 204 5365.