Oliver Thorne, head of our clinical negligence team, has recently recovered compensation for an unfortunate client who was the victim of a series of errors in relation to breast implant surgery. The case illustrates just how badly wrong cosmetic surgery can sometimes go.
Our client had been concerned for a number of years that her breasts were of unequal size. In 2003 she had implants inserted to correct the problem.
In early 2012 she became aware of the PIP breast implant scandal. Understandably she was concerned that PIP implants may have been used in her surgery and the consequences this could have for her health. As the NHS was unable to replace implants, only remove them, she contacted a local cosmetic surgery clinic to see what they could do. When she saw Mr R, the cosmetic surgeon, in March 2012 she was unaware of the size of her original implants as the clinic which had inserted them had gone into liquidation. The client therefore discussed the planned surgery with Mr R and they agreed on the size and type of breast implant she required.
Her cosmetic surgery procedure was performed on 12 June 2012. The surgical notes record that breast implants of 325cc (right) and 225cc (left) were removed and 450 cc implants were inserted bilaterally.
Following surgery our client was immediately aware that her left breast was larger than her right. A week after surgery she returned to see Mr R for a follow up appointment and she raised her concerns with the surgeon, pointing out to him that her breasts appeared to be different sizes. She was advised to wait for the swelling to go down. At six weeks post op it was apparent that the size difference remained.
Mr R accepted the procedure had gone wrong and agreed to replace the implants. The further surgery was carried out on 17 September 2012. On this occasion 615g implants were inserted bilaterally. Once again, following the surgery the client was immediately aware that one breast was larger than the other. Again she was advised by Mr R to wait for the swelling to subside and again the situation did not rectify itself.
Because the procedure had gone wrong for a second time it was agreed that a third procedure should be performed. This time Mr R replaced the right implant with a 715g implant in an attempt to rectify the asymmetry.
Whilst the third procedure corrected the asymmetry to a degree the client was nevertheless left with larger breasts than she had wanted. She had also been required to undergo unnecessary surgical procedures.
Slee Blackwell Solicitors were retained by the claimant to pursue a claim for compensation for negligent cosmetic surgery. We represented her under a conditional fee agreement which meant that if she lost the case she would not have to pay any legal costs. However, we won the claim and were successful in securing her a compensation settlement of £22,000. Our client received her settlement in full and we recovered the legal costs from the Defendant.
If you have been the victim of cosmetic surgery that has gone wrong then call our FREE negligence helpline on 0808 139 1592 or send us an email with an outline of you case.