Lax Cosmetic Surgery Regulations

Cosmetic surgery legislation has been criticised recently in an NHS report stating that changes are necessary to regulate the UK cosmetic surgery industry especially where non-invasive procedures are involved.

One area that came under attack was the regulations surrounding the use of dermal fillers or anti-wrinkle treatments. Not only are many products being used that do not meet the required safety standards, there is also the pressing issue regarding the lack of information provided to patients on the risks associated with cosmetic surgery.

As cosmetic surgery is growing in popularity Amelans Solictors are seeing an increase in the number of cosmetic surgery claims especially in the non-invasive treatments where the procedure has caused temporary or permanent damage.

Such non-invasive treatments include dermal fillers, chemical peels, laser hair removal and hair transplant. Because these treatments are considered to be non-surgical, anyone with a modicum of training can position themselves as a cosmetic surgery practitioner and currently there are no regulations to stop this. All beauty clinics and salons owe their patients a duty of care when not only should the required procedure be carried out by a medically competent person but also the patient should be informed of any associated risks. If a clinic fails on either of these points and an adverse reaction has been experienced following the cosmetic procedure then a claim for compensation would be advised.

Common adverse side effects from these non-invasive cosmetic surgery techniques include infection, lumps and bumps, drooping eyelids, numbness, burns, scarring, pigmentation and skin sensitivity and tenderness.
Amelans Solicitors have a team of specialist personal injury lawyers that have acted for clients nationwide following botched cosmetic surgery experiences. We assess all the elements of a claim to help us decide on the likelihood of a successful outcome. Those who are merely not happy with the aesthetic outcome of their treatment are not likely to be successful in a claim – it has to be proven that the individual was not kept fully informed of all the risks before the treatment was performed.

For many people cosmetic surgery has become a way of life and they suffer no side effects at all. However, cosmetic surgery is a branch of medicine so will carry risks when the natural order of things is changed. When it does all go wrong an expert in this field of compensation is vital.

Before you consider any type of cosmetic surgery, it is best to seek medical advice on what can be both achieved and recommended by a trained specialist.