Cosmetic Surgery Negligence in the UK

An estimated £300 million is being spent annually on cosmetic surgery in the UK. Where there is money to be made, people look for ways to maximise income. But cutting corners in relation to medical treatment can result in negligence and botched or unnecessary cosmetic treatments.

Cosmetic surgery is not as strictly regulated as other areas of healthcare. This means that patients are more at risk of injury as a result of negligent surgical procedures. When surgery does go wrong the consequences for the patient can be devastating: physically, emotionally and financially. 

Can I claim compensation for cosmetic surgery negligence?

Doctors, plastic surgeons and other medical practitioners have a duty to ensure your well-being and safety while you are in their care. If a mistake was made during your cosmetic surgery treatment, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries and losses.

Our experienced solicitors can take on most types of cosmetic surgery claim, including:

Before performing cosmetic surgery, the medical practitioner should discuss any known risks involved in the procedure. If there are alternative procedures available then these should be explained to you.

By its very nature cosmetic surgery is not something that has to be carried out on an emergency basis. The patient should be allowed enough time to think it over and weigh up the risks of the treatment before proceeding.

If a negligent surgical procedure was the result of a cosmetic surgeon's incorrect, or misleading advice or guidance, this could be deemed a breached duty of care. This would be taken into account if a claim for compensation was brought against them.

If I win my cosmetic surgery claim, how much compensation will I get?

Victims of cosmetic surgery negligence can claim compensation for:

  1. physical and psychological injuries resulting from the negligent cosmetic surgery
  2. medical expenses, including any costs of correcting the cosmetic surgery
  3. loss of earnings
  4. the cost of care
  5. out of pocket expenses

Compensation for your injuries arising from the cosmetic surgery negligence will normally be based on medical evidence in the form of a doctor's report. Compensation will also be awarded for any expenses or financial losses that are incurred as a direct result of the negligent treatment.

Victims will often require extensive and expensive treatment to correct the surgery and the cost of that treatment on a private basis will be recoverable.

Compensation for the cost of care (or the value of any care provided by friends and family) can be claimed in addition.

Full details of your losses have to be provided, supported with invoices and receipts where appropriate, so it is important that you keep an accurate record of your losses.

The amount of compensation awarded can vary from case to case. Case studies on this website include details of the amount of award paid in various claims we have dealt with. See, for example, this cosmetic eyelid surgery compensation case study. Another example is this nose reconstruction negligence claim. Both were no win, no fee cases and resulted in payouts of £20,000 and £50,000 respectively.

If you choose our solicitors to represent you we will prepare a detailed list of all your losses so that these can be recovered. Our aim is to get you the maximum compensation available.

Are any legal costs deducted from my compensation if my claim is successful?

If you would like us to deal with your claim on a no win, no fee basis then a 'success fee' is payable if you win your case and receive compensation. The amount will vary from case to case, but it will never exceed 25% of the award total. It is based on the amount of work we have to do rather than how much compensation you receive. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to chat about funding your claim

If I lose my claim, do I have to pay any legal fees?

We offer genuine no win, no fee. This means that if you lose your case, then we won’t charge you anything for the work we have carried out. 

Do you offer a free case assessment for my claim?

Take advantage of our no-obligation, free case assessment service. Simply contact us with the details of your case and we will offer you free initial legal guidance. We will also let you know if we can deal  with your cosmetic surgery claim on a no win, no fee basis. 

Why should I choose specialist cosmetic surgery solicitors?

Pursuing a negligence claim in relation to a cosmetic surgery injury can involve complex medical and legal issues. So, it is important to choose solicitors who specialise in this area of law.

We are recommended in the field of clinical negligence by the Legal 500, the UK’s leading independent guide to law firms, which attracts more than four million users online. We are also very proud to have been awarded Lexcel accreditation, the Law Society’s kite mark for excellence in client care.

We work with some of the country’s best and most experienced barristers and have access to a wide network of medical experts.

Our sympathetic and compassionate cosmetic surgery lawyers are always happy to answer questions. They will guide you through the legal procedures to help you recover the compensation you deserve.

Call now to speak to a solicitor about claiming compensation for negligent cosmetic surgery on 0808 139 1592 or email us at