Surgery  — especially cosmetic surgery — is more common than ever, along with the medical blunders that go hand in hand with it.

In 2018, nearly 18 million people underwent cosmetic procedures in the United States alone. Some people wish to enhance or preserve their looks. I mean, who doesn’t like a boost in confidence? On the other hand, many people look for reconstructive surgery because of accidents, birth defects, illnesses, etc.

No matter the reason, you deserve the best possible care! But unfortunately, like other types of surgeries, cosmetic surgery can go wrong. 

In some cases botched plastic surgery can leave a person in a worse condition than before. We’ve probably all heard a horror story or two. In this guide, well explore some of the risks involved with cosmetic surgery and give tips for how to avoid medical malpractice errors as best as possible. Last but not least, we’ll point you in the right direction if you’re a victim.

A plastic surgeon shows a patient what she'll look like after surgery.

Examples Of Botched Surgery & Malpractice (& Why It Happens)

With any type of surgery, there’s a certain level of risk involved. But that certainly doesn’t excuse surgeons who commit medical malpractice or negligence. They need to be held accountable too! 

Medical malpractice during plastic surgery can take many forms. Infection, anesthesia errors, punctures, and gross disfigurement are just a few of the issues that may arise. Unfortunately, mistakes come in many forms.

Here are some of the more common pitfalls associated with an awful plastic surgery: 

► Unqualified surgeons performing the surgery.

► Using nurses instead of qualified anesthesiologists.

► Not fully examining a patient’s history.

► Not having a properly-equipped space for the procedure, such as a hospital.

8 Women In Miami Die Because Of Botched Surgery

Health issues as a result of botched plastic surgery can vary. In some cases, it is an inconvenience and doesn’t look great. In other cases, it’s life threatening. What started off as a simple way to enhance your appearance can turn into something very serious.

Take for example, a cosmetic surgery clinic in Miami, where 8 women died in a span of 6 years. According to USA Today,

“Four of the women died after their doctors mistakenly injected body fat deep in their muscles and tore the veins during a popular surgery known as the Brazilian butt lift, records and interviews show. The fat pooled in their hearts and lungs, killing them in minutes.”

Women and mothers who were on the hunt for affordable cosmetic care, lost their lives way too soon. Families lost love ones, and children who lost their mothers. And here’s the kicker – the clinic changed its name three times to protect their image and keep potential clients from learning the truth. Completely unacceptable.

Avoiding the Risks

How can you get the procedure you want or need, but steer clear of unnecessary risks? As with any surgical procedure there’s risks involved, but there are things you can do to lessen the odds. If you’re looking to have a cosmetic or plastic surgery, here’s a few tips we recommend: 

► Always do your research and use a cosmetic surgeon with a track record.

► It’s best to avoid cosmetic surgery abroad, as you won’t have as many legal rights in a foreign country. 

► Make sure you see the doctor’s qualifications. They’ll be operating on YOU after all, so there’s no reason to not ask for proof. 

►Check that the surgeon has board certification. The certifications can vary greatly, so be sure to research diligently! 

► Insist that the doctor checks all existing health conditions, is aware of allergies, and evaluates any potential risk.

► Google the practice. It sounds like an obvious tip, but see what other people have to say.

A woman sits with her head cradling her knees looking depressed.

Botched Surgery? Find A Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Nobody deserves to fall victim to negligence or malpractice. No matter the type of surgery, you deserve quality care. That’s why it’s so important to keep medical professionals accountable! Take the cosmetic facility in Miami, for instance. The fact that numerous people died within such a short period of time is scary. Things like this shouldn’t happen. 

Plastic surgeons and cosmetic professionals need to be competent and certified, in order to keep patients safe. And if they’re not, then they need to be held accountable for their crimes. 

Have you experienced a botched surgery? If you find yourself the victim of a plastic surgery gone bad, please reach out to us. You may deserve compensation. To figure out your options, and discuss your legal rights, contact us right away.