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. 

Why should I choose specialist cosmetic surgery solicitors to deal with my compensation claim?

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

Cosmetic Surgery Claims FAQ

Cosmetic Surgery NegligenceDoctors, 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.

Cosmetic Surgery Negligence CompensationVictims 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.

Below are some broad guidelines that will give you an indication of what your cosmetic surgery compensation claim may be worth (click here to read more about what your claim is worth). 

Facial disfigurement (relevant to claims involving face lifts, blepharoplasty, rhinoplasty and thread vein removal)

Trivial scarring

Where the effect is minor only.

£1,500 - £3,090

Less significant scarring

Where there may be but one scar which can be camouflaged or, though there is a number of very small scars, the overall effect is to mar but not markedly to affect the appearance and the reaction is no more that that of an ordinarily sensitive young person.


Significant scarring

Where the worst effects have been or will be reduced by plastic surgery leaving some cosmetic disability and where the psychological reaction is not great or, having been considerable at the outset, has diminished to relatively minor proportions. Will include cases where the scarring is visible at conversational distance.

£7,990 – £26,380

Less Severe Scarring

Where the disfigurement is still substantial and where there is a significant psychological reaction.

£15,750 – £42,460

Very Severe Scarring

In relatively young claimants (typically teens to early 30s) where the cosmetic effect is very disfiguring and the psychological reaction severe.

£26,120 - £85,340


Scarring to other parts of the body (relevant to claims involving liposuction, tummy tucks and breast augmentation)

Single noticeable scar

To leg(s) or arm(s) or hand(s) with some minor cosmetic deficit.

£2,080 - £6,870

Noticeable lacerations or single disfiguring scar


To leg(s) or arm(s) or hand(s) or back or chest.

£6,870 - £19,930


Minor injuries (relevant to claims involving Botox or dermal filler where there has been complete recovery)


Complete recovery within seven days.

Up to £600


Complete recovery within twenty-eight days.

£600 - £1,200


Complete recovery within three months.

£1,200 – £2,150


Psychiatric and psychological damage (relevant to claims where a diagnosed psychiatric injury has resulted)

Less severe

The level of compensation will take into consideration the length of the period of disability and the extent to which daily activities and sleep were affected.

£1,350 - £5,130


Marked problems with ability to cope with life, education and work; the effect on relationships with family; the extent that treatment would be successful; where there is future vulnerability but there has been marked improvement and the prognosis will be good.


£5,130 - £16,720

Moderately severe

As above but with a less optimistic prognosis.


£16,720 – £48,080


As above but where the prognosis is poor.


£48,080 - £101,470

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Where there is a specific diagnosis of a reactive psychiatric disorder from permanent effects, to a virtually full recovery within one to two years.

£3,460 – £88,270


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.

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.

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. 

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.