Can I claim compensation for botched Dermal Fillers Botox in Ireland
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Can I claim compensation for botched Dermal Fillers / Botox in Ireland?

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What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are gel-like substances injected into your face to fill lines and wrinkles and add volume to areas like your lips and cheeks. It’s a non-surgical cosmetic procedure that should be done by a medical professional, though sometimes non-medical individuals perform it. The effects last between 6 and 18 months, varying by product and treated area.

What is Botox?

Botox is a brand name but has become a colloquial term for all products containing botulinum toxin. Botulinum toxin differs from dermal fillers, which are injected under the skin. Botox is prescription-only and blocks nerve signals in the muscles that it is administered to.

What are the risks from having dermal filler injections?

The risks linked to dermal fillers vary based on factors like the practitioner’s expertise and the specific product used. It’s crucial to consult with your GP about potential risks before proceeding with a dermal filler treatment.

The Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) states that common side-effects include:

  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Lumps
  • Rashes

HPRA say less common and more side-effects include:

  • Blindness
  • Stroke
  • Infection
  • Allergic reaction
  • Scarring

What should I consider before getting dermal fillers?

When considering dermal fillers, HPRA recommends you:

  • Do not get dermal fillers if you are under the age of 18.
  • Make sure you are aware of the risks.
  • Go to a qualified healthcare professional, such as a doctor, experienced in administering them. Doctors are best placed to discuss risks and to treat side effects.
  • Ask about after-care and the ability to manage and treat side effects.
  • Ask the person administering the dermal fillers if they are buying their products from a trustworthy source.
  • Ask the person administering your dermal fillers about their qualifications and experience in administering them.
  • Make sure you report suspected side-effects to your doctor.

You can learn more about what the HPRA have to say about these cosmetic procedures at Dermal fillers – Information for consumers and clinics.

Can I claim for a botched dermal filler procedure in Ireland?

Despite dermal filler injections being non-surgical, the practitioner owes a duty of care towards your safety and health. Thus, if you experience harm or injury due to their negligence, you could be eligible for compensation.

If you’ve been adversely affected by a negligent dermal filler procedure, it’s advisable to consult a medical negligence solicitor to explore your legal options.

Dermal filler compensation in Ireland

Whether or not you can claim for compensation in Ireland depends on various factors. The clinic responsible for your dermal fillers should do what is reasonably expected to ensure your safety. They must also ensure you are fully aware of the potential risks and complications that could arise in order for you to give informed consent to the procedure.

If a situation arises where you are unhappy with the aesthetic outcome of the procedure, or you develop known side-effects that you were warned about, you may not have a viable claim. If you are uncertain, you should seek legal advice.

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