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Facelift Claims

If you have had a facelift – also known as a rhytidectomy – and there were complications caused by an error on the part of the cosmetic surgeon, you can make a claim for financial compensation.

A successful facelift claim can help you pay for any restorative surgery you require, as well as compensate you for the physical and psychological damage you have suffered as a result of your facelift going wrong.

With more than £4 million won for our clients to date, and a 95% win rate on claims we have pursued after obtaining medical evidence, the specialist legal team here at Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors are ready and waiting to help you win your case too.

To speak to our expert solicitors about whether you can make a facelift claim, call us freephone on 0800 634 0285 or request a call back from one of our expert lawyers using the form on this page.



Before beginning a claim for facelift compensation, it’s advised you wait to fully heal after your procedure as some pain, bruising and swelling or different skin sensations are common. Waiting until you are fully healed will help you determine whether you need to make a facelift compensation claim or not.

However, if after a reasonable length of time has passed you still feel that your facelift surgery has gone wrong, you should contact our solicitors immediately. We can explain everything you need to know about making a claim for facelift compensation.

The following problems are common after negligent facelift surgery:

  • Permanent nerve damage or numbness of the sensory or motor nerves of the face, to which the patient did not consent as a risk prior to surgery
  • Facial asymmetry
  • Lop-sided or asymmetrical ears, known as pixie ear deformity
  • Inappropriate scarring in front of or behind the ears
  • Over-tightening of skin
  • Mismanagement of infection
  • Inadequate management or treatment of necrosis - loss or discolouration of skin through infection or lack of circulation

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This is the most common form of rhytidectomy, and is also known as a traditional facelift. SMAS (Superficial Musculo Aponeurotic System) is the facial suspension system of the face and restringing and securing of the SMAS can lead to the desired rejuvenation of the face.

Complications / signs of negligence

  • Hair loss or a change in hairline at the front or behind the ears.
  • Inappropriate scarring.
  • Permanent nerve damage.


This is similar to the SMAS in technique. It is performed by lifting the soft tissues vertically, separating them completely from the facial bones and raising them to the desired position. The procedure has a longer period of facial swelling during the recovery period than some of the other equivalent surgeries.

Complications / signs of negligence

  • This procedure often results in a longer period of facial swelling.
  • Hematoma – this occurs when blood collects outside of the blood vessels, rather like a big bruise. Most hematomas appear within twenty four hours of the surgery.
  • Damage to the nerves, which can be temporary or, in rare occurrences, permanent.


This is a much less invasive technique than the traditional facelift procedure, often used to treat sagging or laxity around the eye, forehead and nasolabial fold areas. The lift can be performed under local anaesthesia and the cosmetic surgeon uses tailored surgical thread or barbed sutures to hold the skin into place. They are in effect the only things keeping the lift in effect as no skin is cut away.

Complications / signs of negligence

  • You may experience an undesirable puckering effect to the skin surrounding the barbs securing the skin in place.
  • Visibility of the threads near the hairline.
  • Asymmetry of stitched skin


Surgeons and clinics responsible for carrying out rhytidectomy procedures have a duty of care to ensure the wellbeing of patients, meaning every effort must be made to keep patients safe and protected from unnecessary harm.

A high degree of accountability is therefore necessary for all medical professionals involved in this process, making surgeons liable for any physical, emotional or psychological damage that the patient experiences as a result of their care.

Clinicians are not only responsible for managing reasonably preventable risk factors, but also for briefing patients thoroughly about the recovery process and any likely complications, allowing them to give their informed consent.

If you feel that your surgeon has not fulfilled this duty of care, you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation.

HOW CAN WE HELP with your facelift compensation claim?

If you have experienced complications as a result of negligent medical care during a facelift, it may be worth pursuing a legal claim.

Individuals who are struggling to understand their legal position, or are looking for advice, should contact Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors as we can boast a win rate of over 95% for the claims we have pursued after obtaining medical evidence, successfully recovering more than £4 million for our clients.

Our cosmetic negligence claims team is led by Michael Saul, one the UK’s most experienced and successful solicitors in this field, and we are confident we can deliver the best possible outcome with a minimum amount of stress.

Find out more about your legal rights in our report: Cosmetic Surgery: Knowing Your Rights if Something Goes Wrong

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