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Cosmetic surgery is performed to alter a person’s appearance. Reconstructive surgery also is considered cosmetic surgery but is performed to correct disfigurement.

The practice of cosmetic surgery is popular in the U.S. However, as in other areas of medical practice, negligence can occur, causing physical and even life-threatening side effects.

Medical malpractice in the field of cosmetic surgery often occurs when unqualified doctors perform what are seemingly simple cosmetic procedures, such as Botox® injection.