Plastic Surgery Medical Malpractice

Surgery · Feb 17, 2021

Seema Madhavan

Seema MadhavanCase Manager

Plastic surgery is a surgical specialty involved with both the improvement of a person's appearance and the reconstruction of facial and body tissue defects. Like any other surgery, there is always the risk of temporary or permanent damage.

When undergoing plastic surgery, you expect to be treated in a careful and professional manner.

If the medical care provider acted with negligence or deviated from the standard of care during plastic surgery, you may be able to file for a plastic surgery medical malpractice lawsuit.


A disfigurement is any permanent damage to a person’s appearance. Suffering from disfigurement can cause emotional distress and reduction in the overall state of happiness in life- both of which are compensable for. An example of a disfigurement from plastic surgery can include permanently bloated cheeks following a botched plastic surgery.

Some different types of disfigurements include:

Abnormal Scarring

Abnormal scarring forms when the skin is cut or injured and heals itself by forming too much scar tissue. When performing plastic surgery, the doctor should be careful to avoid unnecessary scarring. It can inflict both pain and embarrassment which may prevent you from enjoying the quality of life you enjoyed prior to the surgical error.

Suffering and Agony

If the abnormal scarring is in an area of the body that is often touched by clothes, it might result in constant pain. You might find yourself worrying about the scar being touched, which can limit your activities.

Psychological Toll

People usually get plastic surgery to enhance a specific part of the body. Therefore, abnormal scarring in that area may cause an individual to develop new insecurities and appearance-related anxiety. These conditions could lead to depression at some point.


Following plastic surgery, swelling may occur minor swelling usually lasts for about two weeks, but residual swelling may last a few weeks longer. Recovery from a Face Lift surgery usually consists of swelling and bruising.

If your swelling doesn’t gradually get better (or instead gets worse), contact a medical professional as soon as possible. Postoperative treatment may have been improperly done.

Skin Discoloration

Skin discoloration from plastic surgery is another source of anxiety and distress. While skin discoloration is a painless complication, the psychological effects may sometimes be even worse.

Skin discoloration after plastic surgery may occur as a result of excessive force. This may lead to life-long depression or other forms of mental damage. Psychological damages may be compensated for. Contact an attorney today!


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