The cost of cosmetic procedures may double within just one year in Britain. An increase of lawsuits has caused many of the surgeons to raise the price of the procedures that they perform. Private plastic surgeons may even be forced to double the fees of these procedures to help cover the costs of legal insurance. Currently, most breast enlargement procedures in Britain cost about £5,000. If the price were to double, a simple breast enlargement procedure would cost up to £10,000. Face lifts would also cost more, rising from about £6,000 to £12,000.
The Cosmetic Surgery Today website stated warnings about the cost of these cosmetic procedures rising shortly after Penny Johnson started a £54million lawsuit against a plastic surgeon. She claims that the procedure was a botched operation and is completely miserable with the outcome. She says that her career and life was ruined due to this operation. Mrs. Johnson says the face lift left her with a droopy eye. Because she has trouble closing her right eye, she has troubles sleeping. Lawsuits like this one are negatively impacting the industry of cosmetic surgery.
Not only will the surgeons suffer, those who are looking to have cosmetic procedures done will also be discouraged at such high prices. The only people who win in situations like this are the lawyers who are making money off of all of the legal fees. As with all surgeries, cosmetic surgery has its risks as well. Before having any procedure done, a patient must sign their name to give consent for the procedure. Everything should be read before singing so that the patient is fully aware of the possibility of complications that may occur during or after the procedure.
With different legal claims like Mrs. Johnson’s, many practices in the UK may shut down. Every patient has the right to be protected during all circumstances and should be able to seek financial compensation if something is to go wrong. However, £54 million is a very drastic amount especially because a surgeons medical insurance only covers up to £10 million. When a judge awards a patient more than the £10 million that the surgeon is covered, there is a very high possibility that the surgeon will face bankruptcy. As a result of lawsuits like this, future patients will end up paying much higher fees for any procedure.