Almost all celebrities at one time or another opt for plastic surgery. Many want to keep their faces young, but sometimes they hire the wrong plastic surgeon. The result is a botched nose job, or cheeks that are so deflated and lips that are so inflated that you do not recognize the celebrity anymore. Those are the risks they took, but if you take the same risks to look younger and you do not like the results, can you sue? Does it fall under medical negligence if your surgery does not come out the way you expected? Take a look.
You Cannot Sue Unless the Job Was Seriously Botched
If your nose job is not as perfect as you hoped or your eyelid lift is not as high as you wanted, you cannot sue. This is just dissatisfaction with how your surgery turned out. However, if your surgeon did something that resulted in the need to remove parts of your face and reconstruct them, then yes, you can sue. It cost you extra surgeries, and it wounded and scarred you physically and emotionally. Of course, you do have to prove that the surgeon was somehow negligent.
Negligence in Plastic Surgery
Negligence in plastic surgery includes:
- Leaving packing material inside your face/body
- Losing a drain in a body cavity, such as a cheek or jawline
- Failing to sew up the layers of flesh as they should have been sewn, leaving you with drooping and sagging flesh where there should not be any
- Poor stitching, resulting in the spontaneous re-opening of wounds and flesh falling out of the wounds
- Infection from lack of sterile equipment (This is rare in the U.S., but it can happen. If you have surgery outside of the U.S., there is nothing a medical negligence attorney can do for you.)
- Death/necrosis of the flesh because the surgeon failed to test the blood vessels reconnected to living tissue and the tissue lost too much blood to remain living.
There may be a few other instances where you can sue a plastic surgeon for medical negligence. However, it is typically on a case-by-case basis. Your attorney can assess your personal situation to determine if your case bears weight.
Hiring the Lawyer
If you think that your case fits any of the above instances, find and hire a medical negligence attorney. They can look at all of your medical and surgical information to tell you what you are entitled to in terms of compensation. Then you can pursue your case.