Risks of Cosmetic Surgery

People who are deciding whether or not to undergo cosmetic surgery are usually concerned about the risks involved in the procedure. We cannot blame them though, because a botched surgery would cost them dearly and would actually result to lower self-confidence.

Just like in any medical procedure, cosmetic surgery comes with some degree of risk. It is best that you consult with an experienced-and licensed-surgeon, as well as informing your doctor about your health problems such as heart trouble, lung disease, and diabetes. However, complications are rare, which includes the following:

Airway obstruction – A risk involving anesthesia used during surgery, where it can sometimes irritate air passages and cause the vocal chords to spasm, thus blocking the airway.

Aspiration – This happens if you vomit during surgery and it leads into the lungs. It can cause mild discomfort, as well as infections, chronic cough, obstruction in the lungs, or pneumonia.

Asymmetry – These can happen during liposuctions, breast surgeries, or any procedure that would involve both sides of your body. Although mild cases are normal and can be ignored, the more obvious and moderate cases may require a second surgery.

Blood clots – A simple blood clot in the veins can be deadly, which is more risky during longer operating times of operation and succumbing under anesthesia. This can occur during recovery from surgery or from plane flights. To help prevent them, do not stay in one position while recovering.

Brain damage – This can occur if blood circulation is depressed at dangerous levels during surgery.

Drop in blood pressure – Decrease in blood pressure is normal during surgery. However, a sudden drop could lead to irregular heart beat or possibly a heart attack.

Excessive blood loss – Too much bleeding during or after surgery can create major complications. Discuss with your physician about what you can expect as far as bleeding and bruising is concerned.

Infection – The use of antibiotics have reduced the risk of infection, but it is a very serious case if it does happen to you. On greater risk are people who smoke, take steroids, or have certain vascular conditions.

Loose sutures – If your wound reopens because of loose sutures, it can lead to internal bleeding or hernia. This requires additional surgery.

Malignant hyperthermia – A rare complication during surgery wherein your body temperature, blood pressure, and heart rate would rise to hyperactive levels. If not treated immediately, it could lead to death.

Necrosis – This happens when you skin becomes dead. It usually follows with an infection hematoma. Dead skin is surgically removed and may affect the cosmetic outcome.

Numbness – Tingling often happens temporarily, but permanent loss of sensation needs immediate attention.

Slow healing – This happens due to age, skin type, failure to follow doctor’s advice, or factors beyond anyone’s control.

Temporary paralysis – Occurs if muscle relaxants have not fully worn off after surgery. It is easily treatable.

Uneven skin – Appearance of dimples, puckers, and divots in places where you had your surgery can be due to surgeon error, healing irregularities, or body make-up.

Seroma – Fluid can collect under the skin and can occur after breast augmentation, liposuction, or a tummy tuck.


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