All doctors, medical practitioners and plastic surgeons owe what solicitors call “a duty of care” to their patients.
In simple terms they must take reasonable precautions to ensure your safety and general well-being whilst you are in their care.
As with other areas of medical practice, cosmetic surgery can go wrong and when it does it is for the law to decide whether there is any legal liability to pay the patient compensation for their injuries and losses.
In some cosmetic surgery cases, establishing liability will be reasonably straightforward, but in other cases expert medical opinion may be required.
Medical practitioners are judged by their peers, according to the medical standards and procedures applicable when the cosmetic procedure was carried out.
Before performing cosmetic surgery, the medical practitioner should discuss with you any known risks involved in the procedure you have elected to undergo. If there are any alternative procedures then these should be explained to you. Practitioners are also expected to provide people with time and space to consider the options open to them. By its very nature cosmetic surgery is not something that has to be carried out on an emergency basis, so there should be ample opportunity for the patient to think it over and weigh up the risks before they proceed. If this “cooling-off period” is not provided then the practitioner will be in breach of their duty of care.
The law does not however expect perfection and will accept that the outcome of cosmetic procedures cannot always be guranteed.
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