Claims for negligent facelift surgery

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Rhytidectomy (mostly known as a facelift) is a commonly undertaken procedure in which the lower half of the face is reshaped by removing excess skin. The procedure can tighten loose, hanging skin around the jaw line, chin and neck, and remove deep creases around the mouth and nose. Sometimes the procedure can also be combined with upper facial surgery such as procedures intended to enhance the forehead, cheeks, brows or eyelids.

There are of course benefits of undergoing a facelift. However, as a surgical procedure it carries certain risks, and unfortunately medical negligence claims that arise from facelift surgery are common.

If you have had a facelift and are suffering complications that were caused by negligent treatment, you can make a claim for financial compensation.

How do I know a facelift has gone wrong?

People who have undergone negligent facelift surgery may notice:

  • extreme scarring or swelling
  • excessive bleeding or the development of pockets of blood under the skin
  • loss of skin or hair
  • the skin being pulled too tightly and set using excessive tension, causing tethering and scarring
  • nerve damage, leading to facial cosmetic deformity

What are my options if I’ve undergone negligent facelift surgery?

As with any negligent treatment, you are entitled to claim for damages if you have received a sub-standard level of care.

An award of compensation as a result of a facelift surgery claim could contribute towards easing any financial burdens you have suffered, or are likely to suffer in the future, as a result of the negligence, as well as compensating you for the physical and emotional distress involved.

If you think you have a claim, you can rest assured our specialist lawyers will guide you through what might seem like a daunting process. We are true specialists in clinical negligence, and have a particular specialism in cosmetic surgery claims. You can find out more about our claims process here.

We are dedicated to caring for our clients and delivering excellent service, which is why the team is ranked in the top tier of UK law firms by both leading legal directories (Legal 500 and Chambers). Furthermore, several individual solicitors within the team are ranked as leaders in the field.

We are also independently accredited by The Law Society, The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA), so you can be sure that your case will have the best chance at success.

How long will a claim for negligent facelift surgery take?

This depends on a number of factors – for example whether the Defendant is denying there was negligence, whether you need remedial treatment, whether the case needs the input of medical experts and whether the case eventually ends up going to court. Your solicitor will be able to assess these factors and let you know roughly how long it will take.

Aside from the above, most simple cases should be dealt with within 18-24 months. Although complicated claims may take longer, it is very rare for any case to take more than three years.

What kind of compensation might I receive? Will I redeem the cost of my original treatment?

By making a cosmetic surgery claim, your settlement will take into account what is referred to as “pain, suffering and loss of amenity”, as well as the cost of any corrective treatment you need, loss of earnings and travel expenses, amongst others.

And what if I need to have further cosmetic surgery?

If your negligent facelift surgery has resulted in such serious results that you require corrective or remedial treatment this will be taken into account in your settlement.

How can I pay for my claim?

We have a range of funding options for clients wanting to undergo a clinical negligence claim. Find out more about our funding options here.


Our credentials

“A premier Somerset firm with experience of a broad range of high-value matters, including catastrophic birth injury claims. Routinely engaged on cerebral palsy cases and spinal injury claims, and offers expertise in weight loss surgery and dental negligence matters. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “Withy King were caring and understood us. They listened to our concerns and needs, and helped in whichever way they could.” “They are incredibly organised, easy to approach and they have a very supportive team who are incredibly sympathetic.” Notable practitioners: Head of department Simon Elliman (Band 1) oversees an array of complex claims, including cerebral palsy and spinal injury matters. In addition he acts on dental negligence cases. Sources say: “He is very able and he inspires confidence through calmness.” Market observers consider Paul Rumley (Band 1) “a very approachable lawyer with vast experience on high-value and complex cases.” He handles a range of matters including birth injury claims, fatal accidents and delay in diagnosis of cancer claims.” Chambers 2017 Somerset

“Highly commended firm with an excellent reputation across a broad spectrum of clinical negligence matters. Routinely acts on catastrophic cases including brain and spinal injury claims. Also noted for its handling of matters arising from amputation, delayed diagnosis and weight loss surgery. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “They’ve been amazing. They spoke to me on a level I understood. They are very understanding and compassionate and they advised me well the whole way through.” Notable practitioners: Head of department Richard Coleman (Band 1) offers vast experience of complex claims involving cerebral palsy, spinal injury and bariatric surgery, among other matters. “He is very good at negotiating settlements in difficult cases” and “doesn’t lose sight of the human aspect of it all,” assert sources.” Chambers 2017 Oxford and surrounds

“Royds Withy King is a ‘leading firm’ for catastrophic birth injury cases. Key figures include practice head Simon Elliman, who handles dental negligence, cerebral palsy and spinal injury claims; ‘first-rate solicitor’ Paul Rumley; and Kerstin Kubiak, who stands out for her ‘exceptional analysis’.” Legal 500 2016 South West 

“The ‘knowledgeable, dependable and competent’ team at Royds Withy King is led by ‘astute strategist’ Richard Coleman and includes Tracy Norris-Evans, who is ‘extremely knowledgeable and committed to her clients’.” Legal 500 2016 South East

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By making a cosmetic surgery claim, your settlement will take into account what is referred to as “pain, suffering and loss of amenity”, as well as the cost of any corrective treatment you need, loss of earnings and travel expenses, amongst others.

No. If the doctor or surgeon worked for an NHS hospital, you will be suing the employing NHS Trust. In the case of a private hospital you will sue the company that owns the private hospital if the surgeon is an employee there. If you are suing a private consultant who operates at the hospital but is not employed by the hospital, you will sue them personally as they will have their own indemnity insurance.

The procedure can be done using general anaesthetic or a combination of local anaesthetic and sedatives. In a traditional face lift, the surgeon will make an incision in front of the ear, extending up into the hair/hairline, as well as behind the ear into the hair-bearing scalp. The surgeon will then lift the skin off the deeper facial muscles and fat, gently pull the skin in an upwards and backwards direction, removing the excess. The incisions are then closed either with sutures or sometimes staples, and a drain may be placed under the skin for one or two days, to remove any excess blood or fluid. Bandages will also be used to help the skin heal.

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