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Cosmetic Surgery Risks

The number of cosmetic medical procedures has skyrocketed over the last decade, with many people undergoing what they believe to be simple procedures that end with unintended – sometimes deadly results. Recently, a woman suffered a serious brain injury following receiving Botox and liposuction. During the liposuction procedure, her heart stopped. The paramedics were able to restart her heart, however they cosmetic surgery center was ill prepared to handle the emergency, and were slow in getting her to an ambulance. As a result, she suffered brain damage.

Unfortunately, cosmetic surgery fraud and medical errors occur more frequently than many realize. According to a recent study, a greater percentage of doctors have been found to mislead patients concerning cosmetic surgeries than traditional surgery and many operate in unsafe clinics without the ability to respond rapidly when emergencies arise. Further, because many procedures are paid in cash with no insurance oversight, the incidence of fraud is much higher than with traditional surgeries. While the vast majority of cosmetic surgeries are successful and without incident, it is important that you take a few steps to help protect your safety. This includes performing background checks on your doctor and making sure you understand the potential risks involved with the surgery you have chosen. For more information or if you have sustained injuries from cosmetic surgery, please contact the dedicated Los Angeles medical malpractice lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.


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