When cosmetic surgery goes wrong

Recent figures from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons indicate that more than 50,000 cosmetic surgery procedures are carried out every year. Breast augmentation is the most common type of cosmetic surgery and liposuction is a fast growing trend. Around 90% of all cosmetic surgery is performed on women.

Although most cosmetic surgery is generally safe, when things go wrong the effects can be devastating, both physically and psychologically. Information about the potential consequences should always be provided to patients by responsible surgeons. A few popular types of cosmetic surgery, along with certain risks, are as follows:

Breast Augmentation Surgery

The size of breasts can be increased by placing an implant under the breast tissue or behind the muscle. Incisions need to be made, normally in the fold of the breast, to insert the implant. The implant itself is normally filled with silicone gel or salt water.

Sometimes implants can rupture, which may lead to lumpiness, swelling, redness and tenderness in the breast. In 2010, a certain type of breast implant – known as PIP – was withdrawn from the UK after it was discovered that it was far more prone to rupture than other breast implants.

Eyelid surgery

Eyelid reduction, also known as blepharoplasty, is designed to remove surplus skin and protruding fat in the eyelids, reducing bagginess or drooping. It involves making incisions and removing excess fat, skin and sagging muscle. Risks can include:

●    infection and bleeding
●    dry, irritated eyes
●    difficulty closing your eyes or other eyelid problems
●    injury to eye muscles


Liposuction, also known as liposculpture or suction assisted lipectomy, is a type of cosmetic surgery used to remove unwanted body fat. It involves inserting a narrow metal tube through a small incision, attaching it to a strong vacuum pump and essentially sucking out the excess fat. Complications and side effects can include:

●    lumpy and uneven results
●    bleeding under the skin (haematoma)
●    numbness in the treated area
●    severe bruising
●    swelling and inflammation

Other popular types of cosmetic surgery include:

●    Face/Neck Lift
●    Breast Reduction
●    Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)
●    Rhinoplasty (nose jobs)
●    Otoplasty (ear correction)
●    Brow lifts

Making a claim for cosmetic surgery compensation

The medical negligence team at CH Legal has substantial experience of helping individuals who have been dissatisfied with cosmetic surgery procedures. We can advise you on any potential cosmetic surgery compensation claims and pursue your case. For more information, contact Rukhsana Arif or phone 0845 4786 354.