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The Cost of Beauty

The Canadian supermodel, Linda Evangelista, has recently appeared on the news stating that she has been left “permanently disfigured” following a cosmetic procedure designed to reduce fat cells in her face. The non-surgical procedure, which has grown in popularity in recent years, uses cold temperatures to reduce fat deposits in certain areas of the body. In an article on BBC news, Evangelista explained that the negative side effects she experienced following the procedure have not only destroyed her livelihood but have led to depression and self-loathing causing her to shy away from the public eye and to become a recluse.

We live in an age where image is increasingly important, and the use of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures are no longer the privileged domain of celebrities. Over the last few years, we have seen a significant rise in the utilisation of non-surgical cosmetic procedures. Such procedures are readily available and can provide dramatic changes to one’s appearance. Compared to surgical procedures, they have a dramatically reduced recovery time and are typically more affordable to the average consumer. It is now relatively common to be able to pop into your local salon and have your nails manicured, eyelashes permed, and face injected with Botox fillers, all in one sitting.

There is, sadly, a downside to all this. The rise in demand of non-surgical cosmetic procedures has led to unlicensed clinics using untrained therapists to carry out procedures. This creates a very real and worrying risk of serious injury to customers, while the companies often lack the correct insurance to be working in this way.

Possible injuries sustained by botched non-surgical procedures include, but are not limited to:

  • physical scarring
  • tissue damage
  • muscle paralysis
  • infections
  • ulceration
  • blindness

At Lyons Davidson, we have a specialist team dedicated to dealing with claims for individuals who have been left injured by a cosmetic procedure.  If you have sustained an injury following a non-surgical cosmetic or beauty treatment, do not hesitate to contact us.

Posted on Oct 7th, 2021 by Anthony Heywood

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