More people than ever are opting to have cosmetic procedures. Nowadays, it’s not just liposuction, nose jobs or breast enhancements, but also an array of other surgeries and beauty treatments such as tattooed eyebrows, lip liners and teeth whitening and botox injections.
The cosmetic surgery industry is growing and whereas years ago one would seek out a specialist consultant in a clinic now many of the procedures are offered at beauty salons, hairdressers and dental surgeries.
However, the industry lacks regulation and as a result, there are many people who suffer negligent treatment and are left with permanent damage.
Salons offering permanent or semi-permanent tattooed makeup such as eyebrows and eyeliners should be licenced by the Local Authority. This means they have been inspected and can show that their staff have the appropriate training. However, many do not have the appropriate licence and this is likely to mean that if the procedure goes wrong, they will not have the benefit of any insurance either.
A recent example of the sort of negligent treatment is the case of the Ozan Melin, who pretended to be a doctor trained in America and went on to inject fake Botox into three women who suffered terrible facial injuries as a result. That case led to a criminal prosecution for GBH. Most cases are not that severe, but nevertheless of great importance if you are the one affected by poor treatment which, may not only leave you with physical scars but psychological problems as well.
If you are considering having a cosmetic procedure or permanent or semi-permanent beauty treatment, then you should take steps to check the doctors or clinics credentials and ask them for evidence of any appropriate licence and insurance. If they are reputable, they will not mind being asked and will be willing to share the information with you.
How can our Medical Negligence lawyers help?
At Gotelee, we have years of experience in helping clients who have suffered through negligent cosmetic surgery and beauty treatments. If you have been affected by sub-standard treatment, then contact us on 01473 298125. We also have offices in Ipswich, Hadleigh, Felixstowe and Woodbridge.