What happens if my cosmetic surgery procedure goes wrong?

Generally, cosmetic surgery is very safe – particularly if you have chosen your surgeon wisely and ensured that s/he is fully qualified and experienced, with membership of the appropriate professional bodies.

However, like any surgery, it does carry some risks – these can be complications of the surgery itself, such as infection and bleeding, anaesthetic complications, or complications post surgery, such as implant rotation.

What can be done?

The first thing to remember is that cosmetic surgeons in the UK pay very high indemnity fees, to insure them in the unlikely event of something going wrong. This means that they should be able to rectify the problem without any additional cost to you.

If the problem is a surgical or anaesthetic complication, this should be dealt with at the time of the procedure, and you may not even be aware of it. If the problem happens post surgery, the process may be more complicated.

Talk to your cosmetic surgeon

If you are unhappy with the results of your cosmetic surgery, or feel that a problem has arisen after the surgery, then the first thing to do is to talk to your surgeon. Most cosmetic surgeons will be happy for you to book an appointment to speak to them post surgery, and to listen to any concerns you may have.

Remember that sometimes a “problem” may be subjective – i.e. what seems like a problem to you may not be something that the surgeon feels they have done wrong – and so if you feel that corrective surgery is needed, you may need to argue your case well or be prepared to pay for additional surgery. If you are asked to pay for the extra procedure then you may want to consider the following:

Find another cosmetic surgeon

If you are unhappy with the results of your cosmetic surgery, but the surgeon feels they have done the best job possible, then it may be that you have not chosen the surgeon most suited to your needs. If you are being asked to pay for revisionary surgery anyway, then you might be best placed to seek a second opinion and consider paying a different surgeon to do the job.

In my London cosmetic surgery practice, the vast majority of patients are very happy with the outcome of their surgery. It is important to have realistic expectations, which is something I encourage at the consultation stage.