£26,000 payout for nose discolouration after dermabrasion

Dermabrasion complicationsA man has successfully sued a private hospital in Devon for £26,000 after cosmetic treatment left his nose a different colour and with a mottled appearance.

Carl Egonu sought dermabrasion treatment to help re-shape his nose following a career in rugby that had caused it to become misshapen over the years.

Dermabrasion is not the same thing as microdermabrasion, which is a light, non-invasive cosmetic procedure used to exfoliate and smooth the skin.

Dermabrasion is a surgical skin planing procedure carried out under local anaesthetic. The process removes the top to deeper layers of the epidermis, and can also penetrate further down into the reticular dermis.

Mr Egonu apparently expressed concerns over the risks of the treatment at the time, however his doctor assured him that “scarring would not happen”.

He undertook the dermabrasion treatment back in 2006 and the damage has been irreparable – skin grafts will not help to reverse the effects. Although there can always be risks with procedures and treatments, the reason the court took made its decision in favour of Egonu was because his doctor failed to fully explain the associated risks with the treatment.

Egonu was at a greater risk of hyper-pigmentation as he has a dark skin tone. His doctor’s defence was that he had explained the risks, although Egonu’s wife backed up his claim that the doctor had advised that there were no risks with the treatment.

His legal team also recounted how the distressing after-effects had left him “depressed and withdrawn”.

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