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How Much Compensation Can I Claim If My Surgical Fat Transfer Goes Wrong?

By Max Mitrovic. Last Updated 5th May 2022. Bad plastic surgery can often result from incorrectly performed surgical procedures, or by inexperienced and unqualified practitioners making mistakes. Cases of plastic surgery negligence claims are on the rise, and this short guide aims at giving advice to people who have suffered as a result of surgical fat transfer negligence.

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Surgical Fat Transfer Negligence Time Limits

All personal injury claims have a time limit within which you can make them. In general, this time limit is up to 3 years after the incident in question or the date that you realised you suffered as a result of third-party negligence.

There are some cases where this time limit can be paused or extended. For example, if a claimant is mentally incapacitated and not in a position to make a claim for themselves, the time limit doesn’t come into effect until they are able to do so. If they appoint a litigation friend to claim on their behalf, the time limit will begin once they make legal proceedings, giving them 3 years from that point onwards.

Another example where the time limit does not apply as normal is for claimants that are under 18. As they can’t make legal proceedings until they come of age, the time limit doesn’t come into effect either until they reach their 18th birthday or they appoint a litigation friend before this date.

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A Guide to Claims for Botched Surgical Fat Transfer

Welcome to our guide on surgical fat transfer negligence. Surgical fat transfer is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic surgery procedures in the UK. For example, surgery to transfer fat from stomach to buttocks is now inexpensive, with zero wait time to have the procedure performed.

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However, sometimes things go wrong, and people are either dissatisfied with the results of their fat transfer process or in some cases, are physically injured by it. This guide aims at educating people who have suffered due to a badly executed fat transfer procedure on how they can go about claiming compensation.

It covers what you should do if you are unhappy with, or have been injured by your cosmetic surgery. It covers how to begin a claim for compensation, and also provides an indication of how much you might receive in compensation.

Towards the end of this guide, we will introduce our No Win No Fee fat transfer claims service, which can help you receive the compensation you are entitled too, without any initial outlay in legal fees.

What is a Surgical Fat Transfer?

Surgical fat transfer is a broad term which covers a number of actual procedures such as surgical fat grafting under eyes and cosmetic surgery fat transfer to breasts. These procedures will be performed using either local or general anaesthetic.

This is a three-stage surgical procedure, with the first stage using a tube inserted through small incisions, to suck fat from a specific area of the body. The second stage involves preparing the fat. A centrifuge is used to separate the fat from other bodily substances such as blood. The third stage takes the prepared fat, and by using a needle, it is then injected into the part of the body that it is being transferred to.

Typically, the fat transfer procedure is completed within two hours, and the patient is free to go home once the effects of the anaesthetic have worn off. There will be some soreness following the procedure, but overall, it should be quite a painless experience.

What to Do If My Fat Transfer Plastic Surgery Goes Wrong

If you have recently undergone a cosmetic procedure such as plastic surgery fat transfer to the face or plastic surgery fat transfer to breasts, and you are either dissatisfied with the results, or something went wrong with the procedure itself, then it is important to know what to do to prepare for making a compensation claim. Below are a number of steps you could take to begin preparing for a compensation claim for a fat transfer procedure that has gone wrong:

  • Take photographs – ideally, you need photographs to the problem area before and after the procedure. Also, be sure to regularly take photos across the following days after the procedure, to show how the area is healing.
  • Document the problem- write down what the problem is, and how you believe it occurred. This will have two benefits. Firstly, it will make you formulate your thoughts in a logical manner and secondly, it will capture the facts whilst they are still fresh in your mind.
  • Collect relevant details – such as the name of the doctor and medical staff who were involved in the procedure, the name and registered business address of the clinic etc.
  • Visit a medical professional – either your GP or the hospital, so that any injury caused by the cosmetic surgery is properly documented in an official way.

Once you have done these things, it is time to contact a solicitor to help you pursue your claim for compensation.

How to Begin a Surgical Fat Transfer Plastic Surgery Compensation Claim

With regards to cosmetic surgery UK prices are now lower than they have ever been. With advanced cosmetic treatments such as non surgical fat transfer being offered as a more expensive option to intrusive procedures.

Even if you paid a budget price for your cosmetic surgery, you still have the right to expect it to be carried out in a professional way. If it isn’t and this leads to either dissatisfaction or even injury, then you also have a right to claim compensation.

Beginning a compensation claim for a botched fat transfer process is easy. Just contact us, and we will ask you to explain the circumstances that lead you to believe you have cause to claim compensation.

Once we know all the facts, we will make a recommendation on what to do next. Most likely, we will offer to take on your claim under our No Win No Fee fat transfer claims service.

What Can Be Claimed for after Botched Fat Transfer Surgery?

Following failed plastic surgery UK citizens have the right to pursue plastic surgery negligence cases. The compensation awarded for such cases will most often include the following:

  • Special damages – covering all of the financial losses incurred by the victim. Special damages will also include compensation for extraordinary circumstances. For example missing an important event such as a funeral or having to cancel a pre-planned vacation due to the bad fat transfer procedure.
  • General damages – covering the pain and suffering caused by the failed fat transfer procedure. It also covers any long-term health issues that the procedure has caused, as well as mental
  • Care costs – if you have to pay for private care, either in a care home or at home, these costs can be claimed back.
  • Medical bills – to cover the initial treatment, and also ongoing therapy following an injury caused by a bad fat transfer procedure.
  • Travel costs – any out of pocket expenses that relate to travel that is undertaken due to either the injury or the compensation case itself.

These are the main forms of damages that a claim for compensation following a badly performed fat transfer procedure may include. There are more, so please contact us so we can discuss the exact details of your case, and advise you if any additional types of damages apply.

I Am Dissatisfied with My Surgical Fat Transfer Plastic Surgery Can I Claim Compensation?

When it comes to making cosmetic surgery claims UK citizens are protected by their standard consumer rights. And therefore, they always have the option of seeking compensation if they are unhappy with the results of a fat transfer procedure.

However, it should be noted that at the time of booking the procedure, the patient will have been issued with a set of terms and conditions, which would have included some of the potential risks, and a clause which mitigates the surgeon from any form of claim if one of these risks actually becomes a reality. This form of waiver is quasi-legal if the patient signed it.

No waiver will allow for the surgeon to perform botched plastic surgery. In these cases, the patient will always be able to pursue compensation.

I Have Severe Scarring Following My Surgical Fat Transfer Can I Claim Compensation?

Yes, if you have been permanently scarred or disfigured due to a badly performed fat transfer procedure, you will have grounds for making a compensation claim. Be sure to take photos of the bad plastic surgery before and after, as these bad plastic surgery photos will be critical evidence in your case to pursue compensation for a botched fat transfer process.

Scarring can also cause mental trauma and any other psychological injury, such as loss of confidence, social anxiety and depression. If you suffer from any of these conditions due to a badly performed cosmetic surgery procedure which causes scarring, you can also claim compensation.

I Got an Infection after My Surgical Fat Transfer Surgery Can I Claim Compensation?

One of the most common bad plastic surgery stories that we hear, is when a patient has had successful cosmetic surgery, only for the wounds caused by the surgery to become infected afterwards.

In these cases of bad plastic surgery gone bad, it can be very difficult to prove who is at fault for the infection. Was it the clinic that performed the fat transfer, or did the patient fail to keep their wounds clean afterwards?

If you have suffered a serious infection following a fat transfer procedure, then use the contact details at the bottom of this page to get in touch with us. We will advise you on whether we think you have grounds for making a compensation claim due to the infection.

My Surgical Fat Transfer Was Removed/Transferred in the Wrong Area Can I Claim?

Yes, if a mistake was made during the procedure, and this mistake resulted in bad cosmetic surgery results then you will have a valid reason to make a claim.

As long as you can prove that a mistake was made during the process and if fat has been moved to the wrong part of the body this should be easy, we can pursue a compensation claim for medical negligence on your behalf.

I Have Developed Anxiety/Depression Following My Botched Fat Transfer Surgery Can I Claim Compensation for This?

Some of the cosmetic surgery gone wrong photos that we have seen, leave us in little doubt that the victim would have been under severe mental strain as a result of scarring and disfigurement.

Anxiety and depression are common psychiatric conditions suffered by victims of badly executed fat transfer procedures. And in extreme cases, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can occur.

If you have suffered any form of phycological effects following bad plastic surgery, then you really need to contact us. We can help you claim the compensation that you are rightly entitled to.

Why Should I Claim for Compensation for My Botched Surgical Fat Transfer?

We have seen some truly bad plastic surgery photos before and after a failed fat transfer procedure during previous cases, and we can tell you now that even the most insignificant scarring can have major long-term effects on the quality of life of the victim.

Your body is your own, and when you place it into the trust of a medical professional, they have an obligation to treat it with respect and ensure that absolutely nothing can go wrong with the fat transfer procedure.

If something does go wrong, then you not only have a right to claim compensation, it is also the morally correct thing to do. It can potentially protect others from falling victim to the same errors, in the hands of the same clinic.

I Developed a Severe Haematoma after My Surgical Fat Transfer Can I Claim Compensation?

Yes, you can, as a haematoma is an avoidable complication of the fat transfer procedure. Cosmetic surgery negligence claims are often instigated due to a cosmetic surgeon failing to do something, rather than doing something wrong. And in the case of a haematoma, the cosmetic surgeon has failed to ensure that all blood vessels are sealed before closing the incision that the fat was either extracted from or inserted into.

We can arrange a local medical examination if you believe you may have grounds to seek compensation due to a haematoma that has been caused by a badly carried out fat transfer procedure. Contact us using the info at the bottom of this page to find out how we can arrange this, and how we can assist you in claiming compensation for your condition.

The Most Common Types of Problems Following Surgical Fat Transfer

Although there are many causes of cosmetic surgery compensation claims, when it comes to fat transfers, there are a number of causes that are far more common than others, and these are:

  • Haematoma – blood pooling in the area of the fat transfer beneath the skin.
  • Fat necrosis – when the fat that has been injected fails to take and dies.
  • Fat embolism – when the fat transfer procedure causes a blockage in a blood vessel.
  • Pneumothorax – when air leaks into the space between the lungs and the wall of the chest.
  • Excessive internal bleeding – when the fat loss procedure causes significant haemorrhaging that does not stop.
  • Infection – failing to clean the incisions or allowing bacteria to enter the incisions can lead to infection after a fat transfer procedure.
  • Allergic reaction – either to the medication administered or the anaesthetic used during the fat transfer procedure.

These are some of the most common causes that people who have undergone a fat transfer procedure will cite as a reason to claim compensation, there are others.

How Much Compensation Will I Get after Botched Surgical Fat Transfer Surgery?

Giving a 100% accurate prediction of how much a person might receive in compensation after claiming for cosmetic surgery that has gone bad, is relatively impossible, as each case will be different. However, the figures below give examples of the typical amounts of compensation we see disbursed:

Cheekbone InjuryFracture ii)£4,080 to £6,060Fracture requiring reconstructive surgery.
Cheekbone InjuryFracture iii)£2,180 to £2,810Fracture not requiring surgery.
Leg InjuryModerate £26,050 to £36,790Award amount depends on impact on employment, risk of future issues, scarring or need for further surgery.
Psychiatric DamageSevere£51,460 to £108,620Long-term psychological effects caused by a bad fat transfer procedure.
Psychiatric DamageModerately Severe£17,900 to £51,460Mid to long-term psychological effects caused by a bad fat transfer procedure.
Psychiatric DamageModerate£5,500 to £17,900Short to medium-term psychological effects caused by a bad fat transfer procedure.
Psychiatric DamageMinor£1,440 to £5,500Short-term psychological effects caused by a bad fat transfer procedure.
Post-Traumatic Stress DisorderLess Severe£3,710 to £7,680Virtual full recovery made within 2 years.

More Payouts For Surgical Negligence Claims

All medical professionals have a duty of care that they need to abide by. As such, claiming for surgical negligence revolves around showing that your injury was caused by a medical professional’s actions failing to meet the correct standard of care causing you to sustain avoidable harm as a result.

For example,  you may have experienced a botched fat grafting to your face due to the surgeon failing to use the correct equipment when performing your surgery. As a result, you may have experienced avoidable scarring.

The table above relates to the general damages head of your claim. General damages can relate to both the physical and psychological impact of cosmetic procedures, such as suffering from a botched fat grafting of your face.

However, if you’ve suffered from surgical negligence as a result of a botched fat transfer under the eyes, you can also claim special damages. Special damages relate to the financial losses caused by the injury. The financial losses could include:

  • Healthcare expenses
  • The costs of further surgery to remedy the previous procedure if, for example, a fat transfer to the face has gone wrong.
  • The fees caused by events being cancelled or you not being able to attend. This could include holidays, weddings, funerals, etc.
  • Loss of earnings due to not being able to work or future loss of earnings, if you’re unable to work long-term.

To learn more about payouts for surgical negligence claims, please contact our advisors for free legal advice.

No Win No Fee Botched Plastic Surgery Claims

If you have already paid the plastic surgery fat transfer cost, only for things to go wrong, the last thing you want to do is pay out more for legal representation to claim compensation.

Don’t worry, if you use us to claim compensation for you, then you won’t need to find additional funds to begin making a claim. We can take on your case under a No Win No Fee agreement.

If you use our No Win No Fee fat transfer claims service, you don’t pay anything upfront, and you don’t pay anything whilst we are actioning your compensation claim. Additionally, if we don’t make a claim for you, then you won’t pay us anything. The only time you need to pay us a fee is if we win a compensation payout for you.

Why Choose Us as Your Claims Service for Your Botched Surgical Fat Transfer Surgery Claim?

We have a wealth of experience in helping our clients successfully claim compensation following bad cosmetic surgery such as a botched fat transfer procedure.

Whether the claim is for clinical negligence on the part of the clinic or surgeon, or simply for damages due to scarring following the procedure, we have the expertise to ensure you have the highest probability of making a successful compensation claim.

We treat each client the same, regardless of how large the claim is and what our potential fee could be. We will always keep you updated on the status of your claim, and answer any questions you have. Furthermore, we always aim to win you as much compensation as possible. We do this without putting your case at risk, and we always put our customer’s needs first.

Call for Free Advice and To Start a Claim

Have you recently been the victim of bad cosmetic surgery such as a botched fat transfer procedure? Has this surgery left you scarred or injured?

If so, then you need to get in touch with us on 0800 073 8804. We will set up a free legal consultation session to assess your case. We will advise you on whether we think you have a valid cause to make a compensation claim, and if we think you could successfully sue the clinic or surgeon that carried out the procedure.

If you would rather not to call us directly, you can always use the web-based chat feature of this page, complete a contact form or email us at and we will contact you back directly.

Useful links

NHS fat transfer

An NHS published resource that describes exactly what the fat transfer process is. It explains how the process is carried out, and some of the most common side effects a person might suffer after the procedure. It also lists more serious conditions that could result from a badly carried out fat transfer procedure.

NHS cosmetic surgery

Another NHS published resource, this time giving an overview of cosmetic surgery in general. This is a good starting point if you are trying to educate yourself about cosmetic surgery, its benefits and its potential risks.

Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission helps people needing care, including those who have been the victim of botched cosmetic surgery, to find the local care they need to help them through their plight.

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