There are as many reasons to undergo cosmetic surgery as there are cosmetic surgery patients. Cosmetic surgery, which is often called plastic surgery, describes a wide variety of surgical procedures which can enhance the patient’s appearance, or repair certain types of injuries with skin grafts or reconstruction. Because cosmetic surgery is a type of medical procedure, the patients who undergo cosmetic surgery are sometimes injured by the negligent actions of medical professionals.
As is the case with other types of surgical procedures, the surgeons who perform cosmetic surgery must use the same degree of care in performing their operations as other cosmetic surgeons would use to perform those same procedures. When a cosmetic surgeon fails to adhere to the standard of care in performing a procedure on a patient, and the patient is injured, the surgeon’s actions are negligent and the patient may be able to recover damages by pursuing a medical malpractice claim.
There are four types of injuries which cosmetic surgery patients experience when cosmetic surgery is performed in a negligent manner. Reconstructive surgeries are intended to repair existing injuries, but they can result in complications during the healing process if they are not performed correctly. Surgeries that are intended to enhance a patient’s appearance may have the opposite effect if the surgery is performed on the wrong part of their body, or if the medical professionals who are performing the surgery do not adhere to the standard of care. Some types of cosmetic surgery, like breast implants and collagen injections, involve the implantation or injection of substances into the body. When surgeries of this nature are done incorrectly, the injected substances can leak into areas of the body near the site of the surgery, causing pain or discomfort. Sometimes, incisions from cosmetic surgery can reopen, especially if the patient loses or gains a lot of weight. These four types of injuries are the most common injuries experienced by patients who are the victims of negligence during cosmetic surgery, but they are not the only possible injuries. If you experience any type of pain or discomfort after your surgery, seek medical attention right away.
If you are able to prove that your injuries were caused by the negligence one or more of the medical professionals who performed your cosmetic surgery, you may be able to recover for the losses that you have experienced as a result of that negligence. For example, you may be able to recover the costs of any additional surgeries or treatments that you might undergo in order to remedy the pain or disfigurement that the initial malpractice created. You may also be able to recover for any future care that you are likely to require as a result of your injuries, as well as lost wages if your injury caused you to miss work. The physical pain and emotional suffering that are associated with malpractice in cosmetic surgery can be immense, as the injuries may be very visible to others, and you may be compensated for that as well.
Giddens Law Firm, P.A.: Mississippi Medical Malpractice Attorneys
Whether you were undergoing reconstructive surgery after an accident left you visibly disfigured or you had a surgical procedure done to enhance your looks, you expected that you would look and feel better, not worse, after your cosmetic surgery. A knowledgeable Mississippi Medical Malpractice Attorney can help you to pursue the recovery that you deserve. To learn more about how the attorneys at the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. can help you, call (601) 355-2022.