Dermal Filler Injury Claims

We all want youthful-looking skin, freed from wrinkles and the lines of age. Dermal fillers provide a perfect cosmetic fix to the visual damage that comes from the turning of time.

Thankfully, most dermal procedures go smoothly, and the results are stunning. But when lip fillers go wrong, or an allergic reaction to the product results in having to hide away rather than increasing confidence, is it possible to claim compensation?

The answer, of course, is yes.

What is a Dermal Filler?

Dermal fillers restore volume that has been lost over the years to your face.

As we age, our bodies stop producing collagen and elastin – major components to the coveted youthful face.

Experts suggest that the body stops producing these substances from the mid-twenties, and by the end of that decade you will no longer be making new elastin or collagen.

Fillers have been used for decades to cover for nature’s cruel abandonment.

Some of the more famous dermal fillers, such as collagen, need so little introduction that the name itself has become synonymous with the procedure.

The breadth of dermal fillers is a little wider though, and includes any injected substance used to fill out the skin, to remove or reduce wrinkles and creases. Dermal fillers include all lip fillers used to give a fuller and more defined mouth.

Currently dermal filler injections can be administered in the UK by beauty therapists who are not medically trained.

Unfortunately, this does lead to a greater number of dermal fillers gone wrong, with over-filling and uneven lips being just two from a list of issues that can occur.

The types of cosmetic fillers

  • Collagen – this common filler is also the shortest lasting, at only three to four months.
  • Hyaluronic acid – a natural substance that is found in your body in the fluid around your eyes. Treatments from this filler last about four to six months.
  • Calcium hydroxylapatite – with a long safety record, this synthesised substance is unlikely to produce an allergic reaction and lasts 18 months.
  • Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) – this treatment is a stimulator, encouraging your body to produce collagen itself and is usually used in the lower half of the face. It requires multiple treatments but can last over two years.
  • Polymethylmethacrylate beads (PMMA) – considered semi-permanent or permanent, PMMA is usually used in the removal of wrinkles or for fixing facial scars. It is considered the riskiest and due to its permanent nature.

The Problems That Can Occur with Dermal Fillers

While the technology and safety around dermal filler procedures has improved considerably in recent years, undergoing treatment is not without its risks.

Any practitioner you go to has a duty of care to you as their client. If you have a problem that has occurred due to negligence, then you will be entitled to make a dermal filler negligence claim and receive compensation for the damage that has been done.

Some of the issues that can happen include:

  • Infection – the sensitive nature of the procedure means that infections are not uncommon. Your practitioner must ensure the environment is sterile and minimise any infection risks.
  • Swelling, bruising, itches and rashes – whether caused by an allergic reaction to any substance (which should have been properly tested in advance), or due to cosmetic surgeon negligence, any facial swelling or rashes can be irritating and painful.
  • Filler movement – if the filler is incorrectly applied, it may slip away from the target area over time, causing an unsightly facial alteration.
  • Sub-dermal lumps – badly applied face fillers can ‘lump up’, causing unwanted bumps under the skin.
  • Poorly applied filler – an inexperienced practitioner may simply apply the filler badly, leading to wonky lips that are not symmetrical, or cheek fillers that produce an undesired effect.
  • Blocked blood vessels – while most problems associated with fillers are temporary, a blocked blood vessel that is not swiftly treated can kill surrounding tissue, leading to a host of larger problems that can include:
    • Permanent facial scarring
    • Permanent blindness
    • Pulmonary embolism
    • Death

Whether it is a minor case of lumpy lip filler or something more serious that requires surgical corrective treatment or other reversal procedures, your beauty expert should have done everything possible to ensure a safe and problem-free process.

The Practitioner’s Responsibility

Any surgeon or other medical practitioner has a legal duty of care to their patients.

This includes making sure that any lip filler or other dermal filler procedure has been fully explained to the patient prior to anything taking place.

Allergies should be tested safely, and the risks involved in undertaking a procedure must be clearly outlined. Any potential side effects should be listed and any questions you have should be answered in full.

Remember, you also have an obligation to read or listen to any information presented and will not experience success for a dermal filler compensation claim purely because you were unhappy with the results of your surgery.

Any practitioner will also have indemnity insurance in place in case of any compensation claim. Remember that you are entitled to claim compensation for your dermal filler injury if it wasn’t your fault and you won’t be negatively affecting your practitioner or damaging their business by making a claim – at worst, you will make their annual insurance premium rise!

Making a Compensation Claim for Lip Filler

At Cute Injury, we have experts who have experience in the field of lip filler and dermal filler claims. We operate on a No Win No Fee basis which means that making a compensation claim will not cost you anything – there are no upfront charges or hidden fees.

A dermal filler compensation claim may include any associated costs – these might be a claim for having the filler dissolved, costs for emotional support, travel expenses and more.

It is important that you document as much as possible, taking photos to show evidence of any filler problems, as well as keeping invoices and receipts for any costs you wish to have taken into account.

For more information and advice, or to start your claim through us, give Cute Injury a call today, or fill in our contact form to have one of our specialist advisors call you back at a time convenient to you.

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