Although the increase of social media and reality television make it look easy, getting plastic surgery is not something to decide on a whim. Plastic surgery involves a variety of procedures designed to help people achieve their desired bodies. However, plastic surgery also focuses on practical function. Patients who have birth defects, deformities, injuries, scars, or burns can benefit from a variety of plastic and cosmetic surgery options. Common plastic surgery procedures include scar revision surgery, burn repair surgery, breast reconstruction, lower extremity reconstruction, congenital defect repair, and hand surgery. It is important to ask the right questions when considering surgery because with these procedures comes the risk of complications. In fact, some procedures can even result in fatal injuries to patients.
With the influx of technology, knowledge of the risk of plastic surgery complications and its unfortunate fatal injuries are steadily increasing. Doctors owe a duty of care to provide accurate, safe, and effective medical care and treatment. This standard still applies to cosmetic and plastic surgery. If your plastic or cosmetic surgeon failed to meet the applicable standard of care and caused an injury, he or she may be legally responsible.