Let’s go ahead and bust one major myth about plastic surgery – it is not all for cosmetic purposes. Yes, may people get elective plastic surgery to change their appearance, but often these surgeries are performed on people who have had major accidents happen to them that have left them disfigured.

Whether plastic surgery is elective or necessary, it should always be performed safely and at a high standard of medical care. The surgeon should be highly skilled and competent. Making a mistake while performing plastic surgery can end up costing a patient money and harm their emotional well-being.

If you need a Philadelphia plastic surgery malpractice attorney, the Weitz Firm will be by your side fighting to get the compensation you deserve.

The Numbers

The plastic surgery industry brings in over $10 billion a year in the US, but according to an article from Forbes, “many patients do not fully grasp the gravity or potential risks of these operations.”

Some of the most popular procedures performed include breast augmentation, liposuction, nose reshaping, tummy tucks, and buttock augmentation.

All surgeries have risks. For plastic surgery, the 10 most common risks include:

  1. Hematoma
  2. Nerve Damage
  3. Infections
  4. Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism
  5. Scarring
  6. Appearance Dissatisfaction
  7. Organ Damage
  8. Anesthesia Complications
  9. Seroma
  10. Blood Loss

Any one of those mistakes has the ability to completely alter a patient’s life. Some of them can lead to permanent disability or even death.

Overall, there are more than 4,000 preventable mistakes that occur during surgery each year, a number that most experts say is vastly underreported. Those mistakes are costly. Consider that there were over 1.8 million plastic surgeries performed in 2017. Out of those, how many mistakes were made?

Many of these surgeries are performed in outpatient surgical centers, places that do not have the same ability to handle a medical emergency should one arise during the procedure. Also consider that most plastic surgeries are elective and performed by a surgeon looking to make a profit. That is fine, as long as the surgeon does not place quantity over quality, something that is tempting to do when there is money to be made.

It should not matter whether a procedure is elective or necessary for survival – healthcare professionals should always give a high standard of care. If they are negligent in their duties, they should be held accountable for their actions.

What You Can Do

We know how difficult a medical mistake can be on you. When you opted to get plastic surgery, you did not expect complications. Unfortunately, sometimes surgeons make mistakes because of carelessness or negligence. When that happens, you may not know your next steps.

The Weitz Firm will provide you with a skilled and medical malpractice lawyer in Philadelphia. We want to make sure you get compensation for the following:

  • Medical expenses related to the accident
  • Lost income if you miss work
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Punitive damages

You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 267-587-6240.

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