Plastic surgery negligence continues to be a widespread concern in the United Kingdom, following the July death of Denise Hendry, wife of Colin Hendry, a former Scotland soccer player.
Although the cosmetic surgery industry is flourishing in the UK, its reputation is far from pristine. Physician negligence is once again top of mind following the death last month of Denise Hendry some seven years after a botched liposuction procedure.
According to a study by market research company Mintel, the cosmetic surgery industry in the United Kingdom has grown nearly ten-fold since 2002, when it was valued at 143 million pounds. As of this year, the research shows, the industry is estimated to be worth 1.2 billion pounds.
But it was in 2002 when Denise Hendry underwent liposuction and then experienced several complications through the years that resulted in more than 20 additional surgeries. During her final surgery this past May, she went into a coma and was later taken off life support.
The rising demand for plastic surgery in the United Kingdom clearly is the driving force behind the industry’s tremendous leap – but this also has led to an increase in unsuccessful operations and patients who complain of malpractice.
British sources speculate that these problems may come from a lack of proper regulation among practicing cosmetic surgeons. Procedures such as Botox injections and dermal fillers are presently not subject to government regulation in the United Kingdom. What’s more, surgeons who don’t specialize chiefly in cosmetic surgery are still permitted to perform it.
In response to public concern, the UK charity Action Against Medical Accidents is said to be developing an independent group that will scrutinize the actual success rate among surgeons who carry out cosmetic surgeries.
The new initiative from Action Against Medical Accidents is designed to give prospective patients a better idea of what to expect from a cosmetic surgery procedure. The group will also make support available for people who suffer complications after undergoing these operations.