Cosmetic surgery & weight loss surgery compensation claims

If you or somebody close to you has had cosmetic or weight loss surgery that didn’t go to plan, our expert solicitors will help you get the answers you need.

Sarah Stocker, Cambridge
Sarah Stocker, medical negligence specialist in Cambridge

Cosmetic surgery claims: Expert medical negligence solicitors

When choosing to undergo plastic or weight loss surgery, most people research the surgery they want to undergo and which private clinic and surgeon they trust to perform the procedure. Most operations go as planned, but sometimes mistakes happen, and these can have life-changing consequences. 

If you feel your treatment was below the standard you expected, our medical negligence specialists can help you move forward. We’re here to listen. We understand that you may feel angry, confused, anxious or nervous but you’ll find our medical negligence specialists friendly and easy to talk to.

No win, no fee

We work on a no win, no fee basis, so there’s no need to worry about costs. Plus, our specialist solicitors provide an initial free assessment of your claim.

Examples of plastic surgery medical negligence claims 

plastic surgery negligence claims typically involve medical errors relating to:

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Examples of gastric bypass medical negligence claims

Weight loss surgery negligence claims typically involve medical errors relating to:

  • incorrect placement of the gastric band  
  • not stapling the joins correctly which could lead to a leak  
  • delay or failure to diagnose an ulcer or a leak  
  • delay in providing corrective surgery.

How a compensation claim can help 

A compensation claim can provide security and stability for the future. For example, compensation funds could relieve a stressful situation if you are unable to work because of an injury sustained as a result of the negligent surgery. The funds could also be used to finance your care requirements or any further treatment, if needed.  

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Come in for a free, confidential, no obligation chat, or fill out our enquiry form and we will let you know how we can help. We can also visit you at home if you wish.

Our medical negligence lawyers are based in:

  • Cambridgeshire: Cambridge
  • Essex: Brentwood, Chelmsford and Saffron Walden
  • Hertfordshire: Bishop's Stortford and Royston

But we can help you wherever you are in England and Wales. 

Call for a FREE initial consultation on 0800 013 1165

Plastic surgery FAQs

What is the difference between plastic and cosmetic surgery?

Plastic Surgery is surgery carried out to reconstruct or repair damaged or missing skin and tissue and to restore function of skin and tissue to as close to normal as possible.  Plastic surgery includes surgery for burns, congenital abnormalities, reconstruction after some cancer surgeries and reconstruction and repair following an accident or injury. Plastic surgery is funded by the NHS.

Cosmetic Surgery is an elective surgical operation solely to enhance a person’s appearance.  Unless there is a medical need, the NHS will not pay for cosmetic surgery. The most popular cosmetic surgery procedures are breast augmentation (“boob job”), rhinoplasty (“nose job”) and abdominoplasty (“tummy tucks”).

There are also cosmetic procedures such as Botox and dermal fillers that do not involve surgery. These can be legally carried out by those who do not hold any medical qualifications.

Does the NHS pay for cosmetic surgery?

For the vast majority of people, the NHS will not pay for cosmetic surgery or cosmetic procedures as the NHS will not fund surgery or treatment undertaken without medical need.

The NHS will only pay for cosmetic procedures in very limited circumstances, e.g. to correct protruding ears or major breast abnormalities.

How much does cosmetic surgery cost?

The price of cosmetic surgery depends on the type of procedure. Generally, the total operation cost quoted is referred to as the package price and should include:

  • the consultant (surgeon) fee
  • any additional specialist fees (anaesthetists)
  • the clinic fee (includes use of the clinic/hospital facilities and any subsequent inpatient stay)
  • any aftercare. 

The costs can be higher or lower, depending on a range of factors:

  • the amount of time to be spent in hospital after the surgery
  • the time required of the surgeon in terms of the surgery and number of pre and post-operative consultations
  • the complexity of the surgery being undertaken.

If you are considering whether or not to undergo cosmetic surgery, you should check the surgeon’s credentials, which you can do on the specialist register held by the General Medical Council. You should also consider the risks of the surgery and the potential outcomes of the surgery, as well as the cost.

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