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Breast Implant / Augmentation Claims

At Synnott Lawline we deal with many different issues concerning medical/surgical negligence. In particular we oversee numerous cases and claims relating to breast augmentation and breast implants. We have unparalleled expertise in this area and a deep understanding of the journey that a patient undergoes within the medical sphere.

We also know that these decisions are never taken lightly and it is of the utmost importance that any procedure is carried out professionally and satisfactorily. It can be extremely distressing for the patient if surgery goes wrong or if expectations are not met. It is important to remember that when it comes to any surgery, risk is a factor and should always be explained to the patient in great detail before undergoing any intervention. (Informed Consent) A woman may decide to undergo breast augmentation for a myriad of reasons: Cosmetic, General unhappiness with shape, size etc. and or Medical resaons.

We specialise in breast surgery negligence claims arising out of negligently performed cosmetic surgery procedures. If you have any questions or wish to make a claim please do not hesitate to contact our dedicated and experienced team of solicitors who will be more than happy to talk you through the whole process and answer any questions that you may have. You have two years from the date of your surgery within which to make a claim after which time your case will become statute barred. The most common complaints we have dealt with in relation to breast augmentation:

  • Would a mastopexy (breast lift) have been the preferred procedure over an implant?
  • Was there a need for a mastopexy or an implant?
  • Did the mastopexy reach expectations?
  • Were the nipples too high following surgery?
  • Is there a lack of symmetry?
  • Has the wrong type of implant been inserted?

 

More commonly known as a breast lift, a mastopexy is a procedure to correct the sagging of breasts. Where a patient is concerned with this matter it is vital that the surgeon offers the possibility of undergoing a Mastopexy instead of implants. It all depends on the severity of the drooping / ptosis.

As the nipple does not lie below the infra-mammary fold this is not actually ptosis. The majority of the breast parenchyma has fallen below the level of the fold. The majority of the breast volume is at the bottom of the breast.

The surgeon will decide, based on the severity of the Ptosis, which mastopexy procedure will produce the best results. It is important to bear in mind that an implant alone will not fix severe ptosis. It will make the breast bigger and fuller but will not lift or reduce the ptosis of the breast.

There are three main categories of Ptosis:

  • Grade I: Mild sagging where the nipple is lying at the level of the infra-mammary fold;
  • Grade II: Mild to moderate sagging where the nipple is lying below the infra-mammary fold;
  • Grade III: Severe sagging where the nipple is lying well below the infra-mammary fold and the majority of the breast parenchyma has fallen below the level of the fold.