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Access To Qualified Surgeons Must Be A Priority, Warn Expert Cosmetic Surgery Lawyers

Irwin Mitchell Join Industry Leaders At First Anti-Ageing Show


By Suzanne Rutter

Cosmetic surgery specialists from Irwin Mitchell will be joining forces with other leading industry experts at the first ever Anti-Ageing Show to provide people interested in transforming their appearance access to the best quality care, advice and surgeons with the right qualifications and experience.

The Anti-Ageing Show will be held at the London Olympia from 11 to 12 May 2013 with representatives from Irwin Mitchell’s medical law team joining beauty therapists, top surgeons, make-up artists, hairdressers and celebrity speakers at the event. Visitors to the show will be able to see live demonstrations of the latest eye, dental and skincare treatments, learn how exercise can help people stay fit and healthy and try new products.

Irwin Mitchell will be offering expert advice about how to research surgical procedures and providers, the importance of consulting with GP’s and counsellors, the risks and complications surrounding surgery and how to seek legal advice if things go wrong.

Mandy Luckman, a medical law expert at Irwin Mitchell’s Birmingham office who specialises in cosmetic surgery claims, said the number of people undergoing cosmetic procedures in recent years has increased from 43,069 in 2011 to 43,172 in 2012 – a 0.2 per cent increase.

She said: “Cosmetic surgery used to be a taboo subject, however, there is now an ever expanding list of cosmetic procedures which are more easily available and affordable.

“At Irwin Mitchell we have seen an increase in the number of enquiries regarding cosmetic surgery procedures and in particular cases involving practitioners who are not registered with the General Medical Council.

“Some of our recent cases have included breast enlargement procedures where less expensive implants have been inserted without the patient’s consent, resulting in infection, deformity and scarring.  We have also dealt with cases where substandard surgery to remove excess skin following pregnancy has resulted in infection and scarring and we regularly receive enquiries from individuals who have suffered significant damage due to derma fillers and Botox procedures.

“This is why we believe appropriate regulation throughout this field is vital in protecting patient safety and ensuring individuals are given the best possible care.

“The Anti-Ageing Show is a good opportunity for anyone looking to undergo a surgical procedure to seek the advice and reassurance they need from industry professionals and legal experts like Irwin Mitchell.

“We will be able to help anyone interested in having a cosmetic surgery to research the procedure and the provider and how to seek legal advice if you are unhappy with the results.”

Tickets for the event, which runs from 10am until 8pm on Saturday 11 May and from 10am to 5pm on Sunday 12 May, cost £15 or £85 for VIP admission. For more information visit www.anti-ageingshow.com.