The PMFA Journal and Hamilton Fraser Cosmetic Insurance have teamed up to provide a series of articles that will give examples of claims that occur from different procedures.
The case in question
The patient underwent VASER to the abdomen and thighs, but post treatment advised of burns and uneven results. The difficulty with this was that the burns that presented themselves were external but with the nature of the technique any burns should be internal. The questions were raised as to what the patient did post treatment in respect to following the aftercare instructions and whether this was as a result of the actual treatment itself or some other interference such as an external skin tightening procedure.
Post treatment there were unsightly scars and bruising along with wound infection from where the probe had been inserted. The patient also alleged that the garment provided to them to wear post treatment was the wrong size and too tight which meant they could not wear it and instead of returning to the clinic they waited until their review appointment to seek advice.
The patient then went on to have remedial treatment with another surgeon to manage the situation but the patient was left with permanent scarring and disfigurement.