From minimally invasive treatments to more complex surgeries, cosmetic procedures are generally sought for enhancement and rejuvenation. However, like any medical intervention, they carry risks and potential for injuries, especially if the treating physician makes a careless mistake.

Below, our West Palm Beach medical malpractice lawyers explore common cosmetic procedure injuries, shedding light on the legal aspects and offering practical advice for those in such situations.

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Infections are among the most common complications following any surgical procedure, including cosmetic surgeries. They can range from superficial skin infections to more severe, deep-tissue infections. Proper sterile techniques and post-operative care are crucial to minimize this risk.

Scarring and poor healing

All surgeries carry the risk of scarring, but in cosmetic surgery, which aims to enhance appearance, scars can be particularly distressing. Poor healing might also lead to keloids or hypertrophic scars, especially in individuals prone to such conditions. Techniques such as minimal incision surgery and careful post-operative care are employed to reduce scarring.

Nerve damage

Nerve damage during cosmetic procedures can lead to numbness, tingling, or even loss of muscle function in the affected area. While often temporary, some nerve damage can be permanent, significantly impacting the quality of life.

Anesthesia complications

Anesthesia, essential for pain management during surgery, carries its risks, including allergic reactions, respiratory issues, and, in rare cases, brain damage or death. The risks increase with the complexity of the procedure and the patient’s overall health.

Hematoma and seroma

A hematoma is a pocket of blood that resembles a large, painful bruise and is most common after procedures like facelifts or breast augmentation. A seroma is a similar condition involving fluid buildup under the skin. Both may require additional procedures to drain and are associated with increased pain and risk of infection.

Chemical peel burns

Chemical peels involve applying a chemical solution to remove the outer layers of skin, improving texture and appearance. Incorrect application or formulation can result in burns, leading to scarring and pigmentation issues.

Filler complications

Dermal fillers, used to smooth wrinkles or enhance features, can cause complications such as allergic reactions, migration of the filler material, or even vascular complications if injected improperly, potentially leading to skin necrosis or blindness.

Illnesses related to breast implants

Some patients report a range of symptoms, from chronic fatigue to autoimmune-like reactions, believed to be associated with their breast implants, a condition sometimes referred to as breast implant illness. Additionally, there’s a risk of implant rupture and capsular contracture, where the scar tissue around the implant tightens.

Liposuction complications

Liposuction can lead to contour irregularities, fluid imbalance, or more severe conditions like fat embolism syndrome, where fat enters the bloodstream and blocks vessels.

What to do if you’ve experienced a cosmetic procedure injury

If you’ve experienced an injury, prompt reporting and documentation are vital. Notifying the healthcare provider and documenting the details of the incident can significantly strengthen your case. Take photographs of the injury, keep all medical records, and gather contact information of any witnesses. These steps will serve as valuable evidence should legal action become necessary.

Suspect your doctor may be to blame for your cosmetic procedure injury? We can help.

While cosmetic procedures can offer significant benefits, understanding the potential risks and common injuries is essential. Consulting with a qualified, experienced professional who can provide a thorough assessment and realistic expectations minimizes these risks. Patients should also follow all pre- and post-operative care instructions to support a safe recovery and satisfactory outcome. Call Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath at (561) 655-1990 to learn more.

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