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End of Year is Busiest for Cosmetic Surgeons

Steve Wagner

Cosmetic surgery has become a common option for self-improvement, even far beyond the Hollywood walls with which we associate it. People across the country seek out procedures, both minor and major, because it helps them to feel better, younger, and more themselves. A 2011 Wall Street Journal article notes that while procedures such as body sculpting become quite popular just prior to swimsuit season, the busiest overall time for cosmetic surgeons is the last two weeks of December.

Some doctors report increases as high as 300% in their work, and the increases are greatest for the procedures that carry the longest recovery time. The suggested reasons for this are two-fold. First, the time around Christmas and New Year’s provide an opportunity for plastic surgery patients to hide away and heal. Often, there are lengthy vacations from work, school, and most importantly, other people. This makes the end of the year ideal for those who are looking for procedures such as facelifts, which take about ten to fourteen days to heal up enough to look mostly normal.

Another reason that the end of the year is so popular for plastic surgery is simply financial. By the end of the year, many people have met their insurance deductible and can ensure (assuming the procedure is covered) that out-of-pocket costs are minimized.

Risks of Plastic Surgery

The risks of cosmetic surgery are well-known. Whether an individual is seeking a face-lift, breast augmentation, tummy tuck, liposuction, eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty (nose job), or processes intended to improve the appearance of scars or disfigurements, risk is a part of undertaking any surgical or non-surgical cosmetic procedure. The most common serious complications for plastic surgery are:

  • Nerve damage, can be minor or significant;
  • Infection, with the most serious being internal infections, which can be fatal;
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis or Pulmonary Embolism, otherwise known as blood clots;
  • Organ damage, most often perforations in organs, which may require additional surgery;
  • Anesthesia complications, which can results in blood clots, pneumonia, lung infections, stroke, heart attack, and death.

Cosmetic Surgery Malpractice

Like other kinds of doctors, cosmetic surgeons have a duty to act reasonably and perform their duties in a way that another reasonable doctor would in similar circumstances. In situations where the surgeon or doctor fails be meet the community standard for practice, the surgeon has acted negligently and should be required to pay for the lack of care in completing his or her duties.

Cosmetic surgery malpractice may include problematic practices such as using nurses to perform anesthesia instead of anesthesiologists, performing procedures far from medical support locations such as hospitals, not taking a full patient history or exceeding the scope of the patient’s consent. More obvious breaches of duty might include doctors who are not plastic surgeons performing cosmetic surgery and a plastic surgeon performing an operation on the wrong part of the body.

Cosmetic surgery is supposed to make us feel and look better, but those who experience serious, unexpected complications due to negligence, find that it can also cause lifelong injury, pain, suffering, and even death. If you find yourself in this position, do not suffer alone. Our Indianapolis-based medical malpractice attorneys have years of experience. Call Wagner Reese now for a FREE consultation: (888) 204-8440.


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