It would seem that more and more of us are opting for a bit of help to slow the appearance of ageing.
The idea of growing old gracefully – wrinkles and all – seems alien to a growing number of Britons.
The cosmetic procedures industry is booming. It has undergone an estimated five-fold increase in turnover in a decade. This would be astounding at any time – but in the midst of a recession it’s even more astonishing.
In particular, there has been a surge in non-surgical treatments – such as dermal fillers and Botox which, with its ability to freeze facial muscles so smoothing away wrinkles, is by far the biggest element of the non-surgical cosmetic treatments offered.
Research by retail analysts Mintel suggests as many as 19million people – men as well as women – would have some form of cosmetic enhancement if they could afford it.
However, behind this market boom there are a number of serious concerns – firstly about the standards surrounding the industry, and secondly about the dangers of the treatment and the horrific consequences that sometimes result.
An independent review has recently revealed a shocking lack of regulation over ‘injectables’, and it called for a range of measures to protect patients.
Most people who undergo cosmetic procedures have no more protection than someone ‘buying a toothbrush’, according to the independent review which has proposed a range of new curbs on the industry.
Nine out of 10 cosmetic procedures are non-surgical treatments such as dermal fillers or Botox injections. They can currently be performed by anyone. The market, worth £2.6bn in 2010, is projected to rise to £3.6bn by 2015.
The review board, chaired by NHS medical director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, said that they were “surprised” to learn that such treatments are almost entirely unregulated, despite the risk of major and irreversible damage to patient health. Dermal fillers, which are injected to reduce wrinkles and plump up lips, are not currently classed as medical devices so patients have no more protection than people who purchase everyday items.
Calling for new legal curbs, the review described the “explosive growth” of dermal fillers as a “crisis waiting to happen.” The review calls for restrictions on advertising, a national register of implantable devices and a requirement on all clinics, NHS and private, to publish their complication rates. Dermal fillers should be available on prescription only, all practitioners should be properly qualified and a “private health” ombudsman should be appointed to deal with complaints about all private medical care, including cosmetic procedures.
Botox injections carry with them a number of risks. These can include:
- Paralysis of your facial and bodily muscles.
- Facial disfigurement.
- Allergic reactions.
- Inability to talk properly.
- Blurred or impaired vision.
- A disappointing result
- Emotional distress and unhappiness.
So what happens if you experience some of the reactions above and want to pursue a compensation claim for your trauma and distress?
Botox and dermal filler treatments are the most common of all cosmetic and non-surgical treatments in the UK. There are thousands of treatments carried out in salons and clinics across the UK every week. Botox Injections are frequently carried out by therapists with very little clinical training or experience.
If your Botox injection or cosmetic surgery has gone wrong or if you are unhappy with the results of your treatment, then you may be entitled to compensation.
To qualify for compensation, there doesn’t have to have been a mistake in the way that the therapist or clinician has performed your treatment. If you feel the clinic which carried out your procedure made representations to you about the likely result of the treatment, through their photographs, adverts or advice, which they didn’t keep, then you may have a claim.
Moreover, if you believe that your treatment was carried out carelessly, then this also gives rise to a right to claim compensation.
You can claim compensation for the pain and suffering caused by your Botox or dermal filler injection and the effect of your injury on your day to day life. You can claim for your financial losses such as loss of earnings, medical and travel expenses. If someone else has had to look after you, it may be possible to claim compensation for their time too.
The compensation you receive will depend upon the different ways in which the result of your Botox operation has affected you. In most cases you’ll have suffered some degree of emotional upset. Thankfully, most injuries arising from carelessly performed Botox injections are temporary and the symptoms and problems soon clear up. If your situation appears to be a permanent one, then your compensation is likely to be significantly higher.
In order to make a claim for compensation for Botox injections which have gone wrong, it has to be established that your condition was attributable to the negligence of the practitioner who administered the treatment.
To help establish how much compensation for Botox injections gone wrong you may be entitled to receive, it’s recommended that you maintain a diary to record the events and activities that your condition prevents you from participating in and how your non-participation makes you feel. To support your claim if possible take photographs of the area and your injuries. You should also ensure you seek medical attention for your injuries.
If you feel you have a compensation claim you should act quickly as there are time limits as to when a claim has to be made. It would be advisable to contact a solicitor straight away and discuss the extent of your injury and the exact consequences it has made to your quality of life.
A solicitor will be able to determine whether you have a claim for Botox injections gone wrong and guide you through the procedures to make a successful claim.
Hudgell Solicitors are passionate about what we do and not afraid to fight for your personal injury compensation claim.
Our committed team of solicitors work on a no win, no fee basis and make sure all our clients receive 100% of the compensation awarded if their personal injury claim is
successful. Our specialist team can also give you advice on revision surgery and may be able to negotiate funding for any additional surgery that you may need.