A recent report showing figures up to 2011 details a rise in plastic surgery amongst Brits, with more people forking out for procedures despite the recession. The most popular operation was breast augmentation, with figures rising year on year from 2008. In 2011, women had 90% of all cosmetic procedures recorded and, after breast augmentation the next most popular choices for women were blepharoplasty – eyelid surgery, followed by face/neck lifts. Women are not the only ones who are going under the knife more often, as the statistics point to a record number of men having ‘tummy tucks’: a rise of 5.6% for this specific procedure. The figures can be taken as a painting a reliable portrait of cosmetic surgery in Britain today, having been published by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, which represents one in three plastic surgeons.

In addition to the increase in invasive surgical procedures such as these, the atmosphere as a whole towards the industry seems to have relaxed, with more people opting for quick, non-surgical procedures, which will often see patients visiting a clinic within a lunchbreak. Common amongst these procedures are botox injections.

There are risks involved with any type of surgery, as issues can arise as a result of poor after-care, medical negligence or infection. If you are amongst those who are unhappy with the outcome of a cosmetic procedure there are ways to address this.

If you have suffered a serious problem as a result of cosmetic surgery carried out in the UK you may be eligible to a compensation payment. Specialist clinical negligence solicitors will provide free guidance, usually via a phone consultation, in which they will be able to advise as to whether you are entitled to a payment. If so, then gathering evidence to support your claim is vital: this includes medical reports, practice information, receipts and photographic.

The amount of compensation you receive will depend on the severity of your case and the financial impact this has had. Often, when a patient is unhappy with the outcome of plastic surgery they will have to pay for corrective operations and follow-up treatment. This can result in lengthy periods out of employment and loss of earnings, as well as additional medical and travel costs.

Never go back to the same surgeon for a corrective procedure and always choose a surgeon who is a member of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS). You should also check that the clinic is registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC), which is the independent regulator of health services in England.

If unhappy with the outcome of cosmetic surgery there are steps you can take to ensure that any financial burdens are eased. Research practices thoroughly when seeking corrective surgery and only opt for one regulated by national bodies, which should help ensure high-quality corrective treatment.

This post was written by Nadia Rashid. Nadia is fascinated in UK cosmetic trends and particularly the growing popularity of plastic surgery.

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