Plastic surgeons are medical doctors who reconstruct and improve the physical appearances of patients by performing reconstructive or cosmetic surgery. Reconstructive surgery may be done to repair defects or damage as a result of injury, burns, etc. Cosmetic surgery is elective surgery designed to enhance a person’s appearance. These include liposuction, facelifts, rhinoplasty, etc. Allegations of plastic surgery malpractice involve surgical error, infection, negligent use of drugs, complications from anesthesia, etc. According to a survey reported by The Daily Mail, one in five cosmetic surgery patients is unhappy with the results of their surgery. Nolo.com tells us, “The general elements of a medical malpractice case based on a cosmetic surgery error are:
1) The existence of a doctor-patient relationship,
2) A breach of the medical standard of care in the course of treatment, and
3) Harm to the patient resulting from that breach.
The obligation of the surgeon is to inform the patient, very clearly and intelligibly, of possible side effects and risks that may be connected to the treatment. With plastic surgery in particular, the patient must be counseled that there is a chance that aesthetic and functional perfection may not be achieved. Not only are results influenced by a variety of factors outside of the surgery, but sometimes the patient’s goals are not attainable.
Plastic surgeons must complete extensive graduate work, including medical school, residencies and possibly fellowships. After completing their residencies, plastic surgeons must become licensed to practice. When allegations of medical negligence are filed against these medical practitioners, the top tiered expert witness is essential to the legal team. The expert’s medical report is at the core of the lawsuit. Contact ELITE Medical Experts to be connected with a plastic surgery expert handpicked for your case.