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Liposuction, a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to remove excess fat and reshape specific areas of the body, can lead to adverse outcomes, infection or injury, when performed negligently. If you have experienced complications, injuries, or unsatisfactory results due to surgical error, we can help.

If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by liposculpture liposuction injury, we can help. If your injuries were caused by the negligence of a doctor, nurse, midwife or other medical professional, you may be entitled to claim compensation.

You can make a No Win, No Fee compensation claim with the help and support of a specialist clinical negligence solicitor.

What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a type of cosmetic surgery used to remove unwanted fat to improve appearance. The operation is also known as liposculpture or suction-assisted lipectomy.

By permanently removing fat cells it can alter shape, and is most often carried out on the buttocks, hips, thighs, tummy and upper arms.

You are not alone

In 2022, there were 3,002 liposuction procedures, an increase of 135% on 2021. Clinical negligence cases have risen in line with this increase (baaps.org.uk).

It was in the five most popular cosmetic procedures among both women and men.

If you decide to make a liposuction negligence claim, your medical negligence solicitor will take you through every step of the claims process. Your solicitor will be with you until you win your claim and get the compensation you need to move forward.

If you need information on liposuction procedures, visit: liposuction (nhs.uk).

Am I eligible for liposuction negligence compensation?

You can claim liposuction negligence compensation if a medical professional's substandard treatment caused you harm.

Find out online if you can claim with our injury claim calculator. Or you can call 0800 376 1001 to speak to a specialist advisor. Find out in minutes if you have a claim.

How long do I have to start a liposuction negligence claim?

You usually have 3 years to make a liposuction negligence claim, from the date you learned you were harmed by the substandard care (the date of knowledge).

How much compensation can I claim for a liposuction injury?

The amount of money you could claim for your injury will depend on:

  • the seriousness of your injury, and
  • any financial losses or costs you have incurred.

At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your injuries have affected your life. Your solicitor will take these considerations into account to calculate the correct compensation award.

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Get an accurate compensation estimate (including for multiple injuries), confirm your legal position, and check if you have a No Win, No Fee claim.

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General damages

General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).

Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College (judiciary.uk) and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.

How is compensation calculated if I have multiple injuries?

Special damages

Special damages are for financial losses and expenses you have incurred because of your accident. In addition to paying compensation for lost earnings, special damages can cover any care costs and medical procedures you need, such as corrective surgery, pain medication and psychological support.

Read more:

A complete list of recoverable losses in a personal injury claim

How long do I have to start a claim?

If your injury is apparent immediately after medical treatment, you will have 3 years to start a claim.

It may be that the negligent procedure happened more than 3 years ago, but your injury was only diagnosed recently, within the last 3 years. If so, you may still be able to make a claim.

What if your injury was diagnosed months or years after treatment?

You may not be immediately aware of your injury. In some cases, months and even years can pass before symptoms appear.

The law allows you to make a medical negligence claim up to three years after the 'date of knowledge' (when you first learned of the injury).

It is recommended that you start a claim as soon as possible, as medical negligence cases can be complex. Starting your claim sooner will give your solicitor more time to gather medical evidence, assess the extent of your injury and to negotiate interim payments and your final compensation amount.

How is liposuction performed?

Liposuction is usually carried out under a general anaesthetic and the procedure may take between 1 and 3 hours. Where liposuction is used on very small areas it may be done so with local anaesthetic.

The surgeon starts by preparing the area from where the fat is to be removed, usually by injecting the area with a mixture of anaesthetic and salt solution to liquefy the fat. A medication called epinephrine is included to reduce blood loss, bruising and swelling.

High frequency vibrations, a weak laser pulse or a high-pressure water jet may be used to further break up the fat cells.

A small cut is made in the skin of the area to be treated into which the surgeon inserts a microcannula (a small suction tube). By a series of movements back and forth the tube is used to loosen the liquefied fat and suck it into a large surgical vacuum machine.

Following this, the surgeon drains any excess fluid and blood using small drainage tubes. This may have to be repeated after the procedure.

What can go wrong?

Although liposuction is generally considered safe, it still carries the risk of complication:

Infections can arise from inadequate surgical site management, necessitating antiseptic measures and post-operative wound care.

Scarring and skin damage, including a spotted appearance or hematoma, may occur due to tissue damage or poor technique.

Some patients experience skin irregularities or numbness, potentially from procedural errors.

Serious risks include internal organ puncture, particularly in abdominal liposuctions, requiring further surgery;

  • thromboembolism, a rare but life-threatening condition from blood clots
  • burns from microcannula misuse
  • blood toxicity from excess anaesthetic solution
  • fluid imbalances affecting vital organs.

Additionally, some patients experience unwanted post-surgery results, like lumpy or uneven skin.

See also:

Cosmetic surgery negligence compensation claims

Clinical negligence claims

Liposuction negligence injuries are usually categorised as clinical negligence. Click on the icon below for more information.

No win, no fee liposuction negligence compensation claims

With no win, no fee, you can claim liposuction negligence compensation without financial risk. If your claim isn't successful, you pay nothing. If you win, you only pay a pre-agreed percentage of your compensation.

Find out more about how no win, no fee claims work

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