Could litigation drive up the cost of cosmetic surgery?

17 March 2011

Britain's compensation culture is being blamed for the rising cost of cosmetic surgery procedures - such as facelifts and tummy tucks.

According to Cosmetic Surgery Today, a "litigation tidal wave" is forcing many private clinics to push up the cost of even simple cosmetic procedures so that they can cover the cost of insurance.

The specialist industry magazine believes that in the coming 12 months the cost of plastic surgery will double - with breast enlargements rising from £5,000 to £10,000.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, editor of Cosmetic Surgery Today Ruth Donnelly said: "We think this could have a very worrying impact on the cosmetic surgery industry as a whole, and in particular future patients, who will end up bearing the cost."

"The only winners here seem to be the lawyers."

Despite rising costs, it appears that cosmetic surgery is getting much more popular. The British Association of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgeons recently claimed there has been a double-digit increase in the number of men having plastic surgery.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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