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What is Breast Augmentation?

Breast Augmentation is a highly popular cosmetic surgery procedure for women within the UK. Usually there are two main reasons why women choose breast implants, this can be due to reconstruction following a mastectomy or purely for personal cosmetic reasons.

A fully qualified surgeon can carry out the procedure as it can be quite a complicated operation. There is a choice of two types of surgeries; the popular choice of the two is the silicone gel implants, the alternative being saline.

The procedure requires that the implant is positioned between the breast and the chest muscle or occasionally behind it. Because it is such a popular procedure there are some experienced specialists who can carry out this operation very proficiently. However, as with all surgical procedures there are risks, if something does go wrong then additional surgery is often necessary to rectify scar tissue complications, infections or if the implant ruptures etc.

If you have been a victim of breast augmentation negligence you may be eligible to claim compensation. To find out more you can call us for free on 0800 0747 644 or fill out our online claim form and a member of the team will be in touch as soon as possible.

Augmentation Procedures

Breast Reduction: A reduction mammoplasty is an operation to reduce the size of the breasts. The skin and fat glandular tissue are sculpted out of the breasts which are then reconstructed and the nipples shifted.

Gynaecomastia: A Gynaecomastia is the male equivalent of a breast reduction surgery. The procedure itself is relatively straightforward however there always exist the possibility of complications.

Breast Lift: A Mastopexy is more commonly known as a Breast Lift, it is the plastic surgery mammoplasty procedure for raising and reshaping sagging breasts. Fortunately, as this is a relatively straightforward procedure complications are rare. However, there is always a possible risk factor thus patients should look out for any unusual signs.

Scarring, unevenly shaped breasts or nipples, wounds that do not heal, loss of nipple sensation, a bad reaction to anaesthesia, excessive bleeding or infection are all indicators that there have been some complications with the surgery.

Breast Implant-Associated Cancer Claims

Breast implant-associated cancer is also referred to as breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). This is a rare form of cancer of the immune system, not breast cancer.

BIA-ALCL is a cancer that grows inside the fluid and around the scar tissue that forms following breast implant surgery. The first noticeable signs of cancerous growth is a lump developing on the breast or under the armpit.

This particular type of cancer is now believed to be capable of developing many years after breast implant surgery or as soon as within one year of having implants, with average timeframes for signs beginning to show and then diagnosis being around 8 years.

This type of cancer is now believed to be associated with a particular type of textured breast implant manufactured by Allergen that has been commonly used across Europe and the US over the past decade.  in July 2019 Allergan announced a global recall of Biocell textured breast implants following findings by the US regulator (FDA)

If you are concerned that you may have been affected by Breast implant-associated cancer, speak with our Medical Negligence Solicitors today.

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Common Causes of Breast Implant Claims

There are predictable risks involved with most surgeries, however, sometimes negligence or poor management of any aspect can provide grounds for a breast augmentation negligence compensation claim. There are certain symptoms which can give rise as to and determine whether a case may be present. Common causes of breast implant claims include:

  • Infection
  • Capsular Contracture
  • Bleeding into the breast tissue
  • Bad scarring
  • Implant palpability and visibility
  • Fluid build-up around the implant
  • Reaction to anaesthesia
  • Asymmetrical breasts
  • Varying nipple positioning or height
  • Permanent or temporary loss of sensation in the nipples
  • Inability to breastfeed
  • Internal bruising
  • Haematoma
  • Breast sagging
  • Blood clots
  • Slippage, movement or rupture of the breast implant
  • Different sized breasts
  • Problems with implant placement

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Breast augmentation negligence can cause long-lasting physical and psychological damage, most breast enlargement surgeries are carried out successfully without any causes for concern, but inevitably there are times when surgery does go wrong.

If you have been a victim of cosmetic surgery negligence you may be eligible to claim compensation. To find out more you can call us for free on 0800 0747 644 or fill out our online claim form and a member of the team will be in touch as soon as possible.

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