Our medical malpractice lawyers represent women who have been harmed during or after a mommy makeover procedure.
This new type of packaged procedure is typically done in a single out-patient procedure at a reduced cost. The goal is to get “everything done at once.”
However, things do not always go as planned and bad outcomes can have serious medical consequences. An experienced law firm can determine if you can file a case.
- What is a Mommy Makeover?
- What is the Cost of a Mommy Makeover?
- Choosing the Right Plastic Surgeon and Surgery Center
- Common Mommy Makeover Procedures
- Risks of Plastic Surgery Procedures
- Can I Sue my Mommy Makeover Surgeon?
- Can I Sue if I Signed a Waiver and Consent Form?
- How do I File a Mommy Makeover Lawsuit?
- How are Much are Settlements?
What is a Mommy Makeover?
These “all in one” procedures are heavily marketed by cosmetic surgeons and plastic surgery centers.
The goal is to sell these packages to women who are self-conscious after changes to their bodies post-pregnancy, or those who just want to improve their appearance.
However, there are serious risks to patients with these multiple procedures. And while there are no guarantees for a perfect outcome, there are often major life-threatening conditions or significant deformities that could have been prevented.
What is the Cost of a Mommy Makeover?
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of a mommy makeover ranges between $10,000 to $20,000. The cost will vary based upon the experience and qualifications of the plastic surgeon and the location of the procedure.
The cost of the makeover is generally considered to be purely cosmetic not covered by health insurance. However, some procedures in the group may be deemed medically necessary, so the health insurer may pay a small portion of the overall cost.
Patients should discuss the costs and possible health insurance reimbursement with the clinic before agreeing to have the procedures. Otherwise, you may be facing significant medical bills and expenses that you mistakenly believed should have been paid by the insurer.
Choosing the Right Plastic Surgeon and Surgery Center
You should not be tempted by the lowest price or “best deal” for your procedures. These are significant operations that require the most skilled and experienced surgeons.
You may be also be enticed by a “getaway vacation” to have the makeover performed. Some of these may be in cities like Miami or Beverly Hills, but others offer more exotic vacation destinations like Mexico or South America. Beware that the post-surgery recovery period can take many weeks so you should not plan on vacationing after the procedures.
Also, you should fully understand that you may receive substandard health care in certain parts of the world and this can be problematic in the event you suffer a serious complication. You may not receive appropriate medical care and your health insurance may not pay for treatment in certain countries or hospital systems.
It is not a great idea to make a vacation out of your surgical plans and it is often best to recover on your own, around family, and in close proximity to your primary care doctor and preferred hospital in the event of complications.
Common Mommy Makeover Procedures
Many plastic surgeons and surgery centers offer a range of procedures. The bundle of plastic surgery procedures in a mommy makeover often include:
- Breast augmentation
- Breast lift
- Breast reduction
- Tummy tuck
Some women elect to have additional procedures or variations of these procedures performed.
Risks of Plastic Surgery Procedures
The mommy makeover procedure may sound great, but women should not forget the large number of potential risks associated with any surgical procedure. The glossy website photos and patient testimonials make this seem like a painless and risk-free procedure, but this is far from the truth. The most common risks include:
- Complications from anesthesia
- Infections and sepsis
- Nerve damage, which can be permanent
- Abnormal scarring
- Compartment Syndrome
- Other serious post-operative complications, like blood clots
Also, many patients who are unhappy with the results feel that their surgery was “botched.”
The fact that the outcome did not meet your expectations is not a basis alone to file a lawsuit. However, procedures that were improperly performed or had preventable complications can give a legal basis for you to sue your plastic surgeon.
Can I Sue my Mommy Makeover Surgeon?
To sue a plastic surgeon for medical malpractice, you must prove that the doctor performed your procedures below the accepted standard of care. The definition of the standard of care and the proof needed to file a case can vary from state to state.
Basically, this means that the surgeon failed to provide you care that is expected from a doctor of the same skill, expertise, and care by a physician in the same or similar community.
Typically, another plastic surgeon will review your medical records and surgery reports to see if your doctor acted reasonably in the performance of your surgery and post-operative care.
In addition to the cosmetic surgeon, there are other potential defendants in a lawsuit. These can include the anesthesiologist for complications that occur during the procedure.
Anesthesia can result in permanent brain damage and even death. Other specialists involved in post-operative care can also be determined negligent and subject to a lawsuit.
Can I Sue if I Signed a Waiver and Consent Form?
All plastic surgeons and surgery centers require that you sign a waiver form or consent to surgery form.
These forms list a large number of potential risks and complications associated with the procedures that may occur even if everything is done properly by the doctor.
However, you do not agree or consent to medical malpractice by signing this form.
The surgeon and clinic can still be held liable for negligence that caused you harm. So, you can still sue your plastic surgeon in many cases even if you signed the informed consent form.
How do I File a Mommy Makeover Lawsuit?
If you or someone you care about was harmed or died due to medical negligence during or after a mommy makeover, you should contact a qualified plastic surgery malpractice lawyer.
These cases require significant experience in this field of law, so you will want to find an attorney who specializes in these matters to investigate whether you have a case.
The attorney will first gather all of your records and photographs. In the event of tragic patient death, a copy of the autopsy report and any toxicology reports will be requested.
Most often, your lawyer will have your medical chart reviewed by a board-certified plastic surgeon for an expert opinion. The expert will then give an opinion on whether your surgeon complied with the standard of care for your procedures.
If the surgery expert believes you were the victim of professional negligence, a lawsuit can be filed on your behalf.
How are Much are Settlements?
There is no specific guideline for determining your settlement amount. Settlements have a wide range based upon a number of factors, including the nature and extent of your injuries, the degree of negligence, the location of the case, and the amount of medical bills.
In general, lawsuits seek compensation for pain and suffering, disfigurement, psychological harm, lost wages, and medical expenses. In cases involving death, the surviving family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit against all potentially negligent parties.
Contact our Experienced Medical Malpractice Firm
If you or someone that you care about was the victim of plastic surgery malpractice, call our top-rated team of medical malpractice attorneys now to discuss your case.
We do not charge any legal fees unless you receive a settlement and we pay all of the case costs. There are strict time deadlines for filing cases so it is important that you call our law firm immediately.
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