Cosmetic Surgery Risks – Part One

Posted by administration on June 26, 2017

Cosmetic_Surgery.jpgFor many people, going under the knife can be a scary consideration. If you’re thinking about plastic surgery, it is important to be aware of both the benefits and the risks. Here are some of the most common cosmetic surgery risks:

Hematoma: Hematoma is a pocket of blood outside of a blood vessel that resembles a large, painful bruise. Hematoma is a risk in nearly all surgeries, and treatment sometimes includes additional operations to drain the blood.

Nerve Damage: In some cases, nerves may be damaged or severed during a surgical procedure. Numbness and tingling are common after plastic surgery and can be signs of nerve damage. Most women experience a change in sensitivity following breast surgery and some permanently lose nipple sensation.

Infection: Though postoperative care includes steps to reduce the risk of infection, it remains one of the more common complications of plastic surgery. In breast surgeries, for instance, cellulitis (a skin infection) occurs in 2-4 percent of patients. In some cases, infections can be internal and severe, requiring IV antibiotics.

Blood Clot: A blood clot is a common risk of cosmetic surgery. The most common type is deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a clot that develops in the leg. Most DVTs require medical attention but are not life-threatening unless the clot begins to move through the veins toward the heart and lungs. A clot that moves to the lungs is a medical emergency and must be treated immediately. When these clots break off and travel to the lungs, it’s known as pulmonary embolism (PE). Though relatively uncommon, these complications can be fatal.

Scarring: Surgery typically results in some scarring. Since cosmetic surgery seeks to improve the way you look, scars can be particularly troubling. Hypertrophic scarring, for instance, is an abnormally red and thick raised scar that occurs after 2-5 percent of breast augmentation procedures.

Cosmetic Surgery Risks to be continued…

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