Breast implants, also known as enlargement or augmentation is the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the country.
Last year breast augmentation procedures rose by 13% within the UK and are still increasing every year (baaps.org.uk 2014). However, due to the number of breast augmentation procedures, there are more cases of cosmetic surgery negligence than ever before.
There are two types of implants that tend to be used in breast enlargement surgery are:
They are the most common type of implant to be used in breast enlargement surgery. The implants are pre-filled before they are inserted. If the implants ruptured the silicone may spread to the scar tissue.
They still have a silicone shell and maybe pre-filled or during the procedure using a valve. Saline solution is not harmful to the body. If the implants ruptured the saline would be reabsorbed by the body.
Although cosmetic surgery within the UK is currently unregulated, surgeons have a duty of care to you before, after and during your treatment. This means that they should make sure that you are ready for surgery mentally and physically, and that the surgery is performed safely. They must also ensure that you are provided with any necessary aftercare or advice.
It may be hard to tell straight away if you are faced with complications after your surgery. It usually takes a few days for the swelling to go down after the procedure or you may find that you have experienced symptoms straight away.
Things to look out for are:
If you notice of these things happening to you it is important to seek medical advice and discuss your options.
We understand that it can be extremely difficult to talk about complications with your breast implants and can be unnerving not knowing what to do next. We have trained specialist Solicitors that can provide you with support and speak the cosmetic surgery company on your behalf.
Matthew qualified as a Solicitor in 2009 and has worked in the personal injury field ever since, working in most areas of personal injury work. He has substantial experience in dealing with accidents in the workplace and accidents in public. He also heads up the Travel Claims Department which deals with accidents abroad in many areas such as road traffic accidents, package holiday accidents, cruise ship holidays and accidents on an aircraft.
Carl qualified as a Solicitor in 2000 and has specialised in the personal injury matters ever since. He has substantial experience in dealing with accidents in the workplace accidents, accidents in public and serious road traffic accidents.
Suzanne has worked for Aequitas Legal since 2013, having worked in personal injury since 2008. She specialises in beauty negligence claims having helped various clients in relation to hair dye, eyelash and tattoo claims. In addition, she deals with a variation of RTA, employers liability, public liability and occupiers liability claims.
Diane works as assistant to Carl Davies, Senior Associate Solicitor, providing support on a varied caseload.
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