Liposuction is the process of removing excess fat from the body, and its impressive cosmetic and aesthetic results have prompted the procedure to become one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the UK. Undertaken by thousands of people every year, liposuction can be completed using a huge number of different methods, with most requiring the injection of anaesthetic fluids into the body before the fat is broken down by ultrasound and sucked out of the body using a vacuum straw.
Although the liposuction procedure is seemingly straight forward, this removal of fat requires it to be liquefied and this can pose a number of potentially significant risks to patients. One of the most substantial of these risks is that posed if pockets of fluid are left to form without being removed correctly via a needle. Not only this, but there are many other risks that are associated with liposuction that can leave patients with potentially short and even long term injuries. Any injuries caused by this or any other liposuction risk can render the victim entitled to make a liposuction compensation claim through their cosmetic surgery solicitors and receive the damages they deserve to help them cope with their accident.
Risks Associated with Liposuction Procedures
There are a number of additional risks associated with liposuction procedures, many of which can be life changing or even life threatening. One of the most common side effects in scarring, which is caused by the damage of tissue beneath the skin by the vacuum straw during the fat removal process. Scars regularly heal within one year but if this is not the case then victims are likely to be eligible to make medical negligence compensation claims.
Although many of the risks associated with liposuction treatments can cause long-term problems, patients can face more life threatening issues as a result of a lack of care on the part of their medical team. One of the most significant threats is the puncturing of an internal organ, which requires surgery to repair to prevent it from leading to serious illness or potentially even death. Thromboembolism is another potential threat, which describes the entering of the fat into the blood stream. This can cause a blood clot and even lead to life-threatening issues if not immediately addressed.
Can I Make a Claim?
If you have been the victim of these or any other risks associated with liposuction procedures you could be entitled to make a compensation claim. Many of these risks are avoidable if they are properly managed by the patient’s medical team. However, if the medical team is negligent in their treatment then they could face potentially life threatening injuries. In this situation, you are likely to be accepted by a personal injury solicitor, who will help you file a claim against your medical team and claim compensation. This compensation can then be used to pay for any additional medical treatment or care you require to ensure you recover from your ordeal as quickly and efficiently as possible.