THINKING ABOUT HAVING A COSMETIC PROCEDURE?
Question: I am considering getting botox. I am nervous about this and I am trying to do as much research as possible. I am particularly concerned about something going wrong. I know that Byrne Carolan Cunningham Solicitors have a Medical Negligence Department and I wonder if you have come across many legal cases where cosmetic procedures have not worked out as they should.
Answer: Thank you for your enquiry and I commend you on your decision to do as much research as possible prior to embarking on an elective cosmetic procedure. It is particularly important to consider recovery time and process as part of any cosmetic procedure.
I work within our busy Medical Negligence Department and I represent and advise clients who have experienced a negative outcome following such procedures. In recent times, the number of enquiries relating to cosmetic procedures has significantly increased. These enquiries tend to relate to a negative outcome of an elective cosmetic procedure, both surgical and non-surgical.
Following concerns expressed in relation to the safety and quality of surgical cosmetic procedures both in Ireland and abroad, recommendations were developed in partnership between the Irish Association of Plastic Surgeons and the Office of the Chief Medical Officer.
I am outlining these recommendations for patients seeking cosmetic procedures:
- Carefully consider what you are seeking and research the procedures available prior to a consultation.
- Seek advice from your GP to ensure that you are a suitable candidate for the procedure.
- If you have a medical condition, allergy or are taking medications your GP will have important information which should be passed to the medical professional.
- Have a consultation with an appropriately registered plastic surgeon.
- If you are considering a cosmetic procedure abroad, it is highly recommended that you check with the regulatory authority for medical practitioners in that country to confirm that the medical practitioner who will be performing the procedure is appropriately registered there.
- Consultations should be with the plastic surgeon who will do your procedure and not with a representative from the clinic. Be comfortable with your choice of surgeon.
- Ensure that you fully understand the expected outcome and potential complications from the procedure.
- Establish the costs of your procedure and what is included/excluded from these costs. Does the cost cover aftercare and any revision surgery which may be necessary?
- You should not choose a service on the basis of price alone.
- Don’t not feel pressured into making a decision to agree to surgery. Have a second consultation with your surgeon before making a final decision.
- Prior to any procedure, identify what follow‐up care and medical support you will need after surgery and where this care will be provided.
- Ensure that you fully understand any agreements or consent forms that you are asked to sign and ensure that all your questions have been answered to your satisfaction before signing.
The above listed recommendations are an abbreviation of the full list of recommendations. Full details are available on the Department of Health website.
* In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement.