Cosmetic Surgery

The popularity of cosmetic surgery, also known as plastic surgery, in the UK is growing rapidly. In 2012 there were around 43,000 procedures, more than four times as many as ten years ago, and these figures don’t include non-surgical treatments such a Botox and fillers.

For men, who now make up around 10% of cosmetic surgery patients, the most popular procedure is the tummy tuck.

Breast augmentation is still the number one procedure for women, followed by eyelid and face/neck lifts and liposuction. Rhinoplasties, commonly known as “nose jobs,” are also still in demand.

The majority of procedures are uneventful, but when things go wrong the effects can be devastating, physically and psychologically.

As with any surgery, it’s essential that the patient is fully informed of the potential risks as well as the intended benefits. The surgeon should ensure that the patient’s expectations are realistic, to avoid disappointment.

  • Case report

    Breathing problems and poor appearance after rhinoplasty

    A partner in our Clinical Negligence Department, negotiated a settlement of £36,600.00 on behalf of a woman in her thirties who had surgery to her nose 6 months after she was assaulted.

    The purpose of the surgery was to remove a lump on the bridge of the claimant’s nose caused by the assault, and to restore her previous appearance as far as possible.

    Instead the surgeon significantly reduced the size of the nose. After the operation the claimant also had difficulty breathing through the left nostril. Further surgery was performed, but was of little benefit.

    The claimant suffers from depression. Her breathing is permanently impaired, limiting her ability to exercise, and the vulnerability of her nose has contributed to her inability to return to working with young children.

    For any Clinical Negligence related enquiries, please contact our department on 0113 284 5000 or

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