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Plastic surgery and medical malpractice: What to know

On Behalf of | Sep 9, 2021 | Medical Malpractice

Many cosmetic procedures are minimally invasive, such as Botox or microdermabrasion. However, millions of plastic surgery procedures require major body modifications, such as rhinoplasty, liposuction, tummy tucks, Brazilian butt lifts and breast augmentations. The more complex the procedure, the easier that something can go wrong.

When a plastic surgery procedure goes badly, the results can be physically, financially and emotionally devastating for the victims and their families. 

How common is medical malpractice in plastic surgery?

According to the National Institute of Health, the rate of malpractice litigation is on the rise every year. Plastic surgeons are at a significantly greater risk of being sued than other medical specialties. Recent research shows that, on average, 13% of plastic surgeons are sued for medical malpractice every year.  

Does where you live make a difference when it comes to your odds of a problem?

New York is one of the top states for claims against plastic surgeons. Such claims make up about 18.3% of cases in this state. In fact, only California has more lawsuits involving plastic surgeons. That could be reflective of the fact that the thriving entertainment industry in those two states contributes to the heightened desire for plastic surgery in the first place, not really an indicator that surgery in any particular area is more dangerous than surgery in another area.

Many go to plastic surgeons for quality, professional health care that is designed to make them feel and look better. Medical malpractice liability can occur with negligent actions by your medical providers, improper care and actions that went beyond the scope of the patient’s permission. 

When plastic surgery goes wrong, serious health conditions such as infection can occur, as well as disfigurements — and you have a right to ask for compensation for your losses. If you’ve been injured by a negligent plastic surgeon, find out more about your options.