Woman wins negligent silhouette facelift compensation claim
We have recently succeeded in recovering compensation for a woman who was the victim of a negligent silhouette face lift.
The woman consulted a cosmetic surgery clinic in May 2013 to discuss the possibility of an upper blepharoplasty, the technical medical term for an eye-lift. She was seen by a clinic co-ordinator and her surgeon who suggested that she may also benefit from a silhouette face lift procedure. This additional surgery was offered to her at a reduced price if she agreed to undergo it at the same time as the blepharoplasty procedure.
The surgery was carried out the following month. The silhouette face lift was performed by placing 4 barbed sutures on each side of her face, through incisions made to the temporal region. The sutures were then pulled to lift her face and anchored to mesh inserted under the skin above the hairline.
The woman had an indentation on her cheek when her dressings were removed. The left corner of her mouth also appeared lifted, resulting in asymmetry. She returned to clinic for a review. Shortly after this appointment the woman experienced what she described as a snapping sensation which she believed to be the sutures breaking. She noticed that almost immediately the asymmetry had been corrected. After a while however, her face returned to how it was prior to the surgery and it was apparent that the procedure itself had failed.
The surgeon offered her a refund or, if she preferred, he said he would perform the surgery again. She accepted the offer of repeat surgery and she was advised to wait for 6 months. The second operation was subsequently performed in November 2013. On this occasion the woman discovered she had a marked indentation when the dressings were removed, this time on the right hand side of her face. She complained to the clinic and arrangements were made for her to see a different cosmetic surgeon for a second opinion. This doctor manipulated a lump on her right cheek. She felt the suture snap or the barb being released from underneath the skin. This seemed to correct the indentation.
The woman was understandably unhappy with the treatment she had received from the clinic. She therefore decided to take legal action and consulted medical negligence lawyer Oliver Thorne. After reviewing the case Oliver concluded that the case had legal merit and he agreed to pursue a claim on her behalf on a No Win – No Fee basis.
The negligence claim was based on the allegation that the consultant had breached his duty of care by recommending and performing the silhouette facelift when there was very little evidence that his patient actually needed one or that she would achieve any benefit in undergoing the procedure. It was, in short, unnecessary surgery which we argued was motivated purely for financial gain.
As a consequence of the Defendant’s negligence, our client was left with a flattening of the malar region of her cheeks. This was particularly pronounced on the right side of her face and she was highly conscious of the visual effect. She also had tenderness associated with the scars on both temporal regions where there were palpable suture knots under the surface of the skin.
The defendant recognised the strength of the allegations being pursued and agreed to settle out of court in August 2016, paying the claimant compensation and legal costs.
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