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How Florida Lawmakers Are Attempting to Combat the Risks of Cosmetic Surgery


According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there were over 1.8 million cosmetic surgeries performed in 2018. A large amount of these procedures undoubtedly took place right here in South Florida as is no secret that this area is one of the most popular places in the country for cosmetic surgery. But unfortunately, the large amount of cosmetic surgeries performed in the Sunshine State has also brought attention to a tragic residual – deaths of several out-of-state women according to Local 10 News.

What is the Cosmetic Surgery Regulation Bill Currently Being Contemplated by the Florida Legislature?

Local 10 has also reported that Florida lawmakers are considering legislation that would change the way that the state’s booming low-cost cosmetic surgery industry currently operates. Originally proposed by Miami-area Sen. Anitere Flores and Rep. Anthony Rodriguez, the bill would make several changes designed to tighten existing regulations. For example, it would require facilities and doctors to demonstrate financial responsibility to pay out claims when they are deemed at fault for the serious injury or death of a patient. Proposed changes also include a stipulation that authorized officials would be able to suspend or even place ban bad actors who fail to comply with the rule changes for up to five years.

What Can I Do in Advance to Prepare For a Cosmetic Procedure?

Understand the risks. Certain procedures are inherently more dangerous than others. For example, Local 10 also reported that a task force led by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons found that Brazilian butt lifts, a fat transfer procedure in which doctors perform liposuction of the torso and then inject that fat into the buttocks have a mortality rate of 1 in 3,000, compared with a rate of about 50,000 for office-based cosmetic procedures in general.

Do your research. These days, independent medical reviews for providers of all kinds can be found online with a simple inquiry. You should always do a search on potential providers prior to initial visits. And if you discover bad reviews or poor ratings, it is best to choose someone else regardless of how the “after” pictures look.

Don’t go alone. Even if your plastic surgeon offers some kind of recovery housing, bring along a friend or family member to help you with your recovery. If possible, he or she should also be present during scheduled procedures so that you have someone to advocate for you if you are not able to do so for yourself.

Have You Been Injured During a Cosmetic Procedure Due to Medical Malpractice?

Then fortunately, we can help. If you suspect that you have been injured because of the negligent behavior of a surgeon, hospital, or some other medical provider, you do not have to struggle to figure out your next steps alone. Whether you are a resident of South Florida or visited the Sunshine State solely to obtain plastic surgery, you will need competent legal help to fight for you while you focus on recovering. Contact the experienced Miami medical malpractice attorneys of The Pendas Law Firm today and we will help you recover the compensation you are entitled to.

The Pendas Law Firm also represents clients in the Tampa, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Daytona, Jacksonville, and Bradenton areas.




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