What is Cosmetic Surgery Malpractice?
Cosmetic surgery, also known as plastic surgery, is any surgical procedure performed in order to improve one’s appearance. It can range from rhinoplasty, or nose job, to breast implants or reduction to gastric bypass surgery or lap band surgery for weight loss purposes. Cosmetic surgery also includes reconstructive surgery, which is done to correct defects or improve function. While most surgical procedures pose a low risk of complications and injury, no surgery is risk-free. Plastic surgery- including both reconstructive surgery and cosmetic surgery- is no exception. And every plastic surgeon must exercise a reasonable degree of skill when performing the operation. Plastic surgery malpractice can cause serious, long-term medical issues, as well as aesthetically undesirable results. Some complications that may be a result of plastic surgery malpractice are:
Encapsulation with distortion and firmness
Abdominal perforations that require second surgery
Excessive scarring requiring further surgery
Excessive dry eyes
Inability to close eyes
Excessive skin removal
Permanent skin discoloration
Plastic surgeons, like all physicians, also have a legal obligation to disclose all possible risks- both minor and major- to their patients prior to surgery. Plastic surgeons are required to offer this important information, whether or not their patients request such information.
Certain risks accompany virtually all surgeries, including risk of blood clots, anesthesia or medication reactions, infection, respiratory complications, and death. Other risks may be specific to a particular procedure. For example, breast augmentation carries the unique risk of resulting in capsular contracture, whereby the scar tissue around the breast hardens and squeezes the implant, causing pain and disfigurement that often requires additional surgery.
How We Can Help
If you think you or a loved one has been the victim of cosmetic surgery malpractice, it is very important to speak with an experienced New York cosmetic surgery malpractice attorney right away. An attorney who has experience handling these types of medical malpractice claims will know what to look for when analyzing your medical records, what questions to ask witnesses and experts, and how to prepare a strong and compelling claim. The hospital and/or doctor you have filed the lawsuit against will have powerful attorneys defending them, so you need to ensure you have an equally strong and experienced attorney representing you.
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The Law Offices of Sam Rosmarin has over 30 years of experience handling medical malpractice lawsuits and has recovered over $100 million for its clients
If you or a loved one has been a victim of cosmetic surgery malpractice, you deserve to be compensated for your injuries. The medical treatment, physical therapy, adaptive equipment, and any other care that may be needed can be expensive. To ensure you have the financial resources you will need to provide proper medical care and treatment contact the Law Offices of Sam Rosmarin today at (914) 686-4000 to discuss your case with an experienced and dedicated New York medical malpractice attorney.
Every case is unique. Prior case results are not indicative of any future outcome.