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What to do when your cosmetic surgery goes wrong

On Behalf of | May 21, 2024 | Doctor Errors, Surgical Errors

Cosmetic surgery is one of the most popular medical procedures in the world. In America, billions of dollars are spent on cosmetic surgery every year to improve patients’ appearances, which can be vital to their confidence and quality of life. Unfortunately, there are instances when complications can arise. If you find yourself in a cosmetic surgery gone wrong in New Jersey, here’s what you can do:

Seek immediate medical attention

Your health comes first. If you experience severe pain, bleeding, or signs of infection, don’t hesitate to visit the emergency room or call 911. Some common complaints after a cosmetic surgery include:

  • Post-operative infections
  • Disfigurement
  • Allergic reactions
  • Blood clots
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Scarring
  • Excessive bruising or skin discoloration

Time can be of the essence. Be sure to get the surgical area checked before your condition worsens.

Document everything

Keep detailed records of your experience. Gather all the necessary paperwork related to the surgery. This includes pre-surgical consultations, receipts, consent forms, prescriptions and post-operation instructions. Take photos of the affected surgical area as well.

Inform your surgeon of the complications. While they may offer corrective procedures, it can also be important to record your correspondence after the issues arise.

Explore legal options

All surgical procedures, including cosmetic surgery, can pose a degree of risk. When it is proven that your surgeon’s negligence caused your complications, it can be considered medical malpractice. The New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners investigates complaints against licensed physicians and filing a report can help protect future patients.

You may also consider consulting with a legal professional to help assess whether your surgeon deviated from the expected standard of care. The emotional toll of a botched surgery can be stressful, but you don’t have to go through the ordeal alone. A legal professional can negotiate terms on your behalf, including the compensation you need and deserve.

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