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Paul Carvis

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A guide to making a No Win No Fee eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) negligence claim

Blepharoplasty surgery, or eyelid surgery, is the second most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the UK, with over 7,800 operations performed last year.

As with any cosmetic surgery, there are risks inherent to the blepharoplasty procedure. Where a negative outcome is the result of negligence, however, or an injured patient was not told of the risks before surgery, it may be possible to claim compensation.

What is normal after blepharoplasty surgery?

As eyelid surgery is an invasive procedure, it is normal to feel some pain and discomfort following surgery. Symptoms following the procedure might include swelling, bruising, and dry, itchy or watery eyes, which should clear gradually as your skin heals. However, if these symptoms continue for longer than your medical professional expects, it may be a sign of negligent surgery.

Symptoms that could point to incorrect surgery

If the surgery was performed without due care and attention, side-effects and symptoms that may result in a claim include:

  • Infection
  • Difficulty closing eyes
  • Damage to corneas
  • Double vision
  • Haemorrhage causing bleeding into the eye socket, which could damage the optic nerve
  • Poor technique leading to uneven appearance
  • Droopiness of the lower lid

The claim will be made against the medical professional or the cosmetic surgery practice they work for. If the surgery is carried out under the NHS, the claim may be made against the local NHS Trust. or hospital.

What can I claim compensation for?

If your blepharoplasty surgery has gone wrong, you may be able to claim for the following:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Psychological damage
  • Costs for corrective surgery
  • Income lost due to incapacitation

Eyelid surgery is often performed to improve a person's appearance or to correct a medical problem. Due to the nature of the surgery, if it goes wrong it can be very damaging to a person's quality of life. It may affect their self-confidence as it might result in a change in their appearance. It may also affect their ability to continue living as before. For example, if the surgery affects a person's eyesight, they might not be able to continue driving, which could impact on their livelihood.

Making a claim against the person or practice responsible can go some way to alleviating these problems, and covering costs for further surgeries to correct the sub-standard surgery.