surgery involves risks and complications. And obviously, the more
serious the cosmetic surgery, the more serious the possibility
of risks. Serious risks such as death and serious infection are
in cosmetic surgery (although they are there). Slight risks such
as scarring and improper healing are more common. Because there
is such a variety of cosmetic procedures and surgeries available
you, the specific risks vary. Your healthcare provider will be
able to discuss specific health risks with you. You should also
your cosmetic surgeon about the risks of any procedures you are
undergoing. The biggest risk you take when undergoing cosmetic
surgery is the
risk that your results will not be as desired.
- In invasive procedures
such as the tummy tuck or breast implant, you run the risk
of blood clotting, infection, internal bleeding,
poor healing and scarring. Breast implants carry with them
more risks including deflation of the implant, desensitization
and hardness or tightness of the breast. Many times the complications
after a surgery will require a second surgery or even more.
clotting in the abdomen and legs is a common risk associated
with cosmetic surgery that may lead to a pulmonary embolism,
blocked lung artery.
- With collagen injections, you run the risk
of allergic reactions, developing a rash, infected connective
tissue and auto-immune
disease. Many patients who have undergone cosmetic surgery run
the risk of
developing auto-immune diseases or problems with the immune system.
- Dermatological cosmetic surgery will possibly affect the color
of the skin permanently, causing blotchiness and splotches.
surgeries run the risk of damaging sensation in the face, perhaps
causing permanent inability to sense feeling; as
scarring, poor healing and hair problems.
- Liposuction could cause
rippling or “bagginess” of
the skin, changes in the coloring of the skin, fluid retention,
shock because of excessive fluid loss and infection.
could cause infection, burst blood vessels that cause small permanent
red spots, and additional surgery to fix
or, in rare cases, failed procedures.
- You’ll probably be under anesthesia during
your procedure, which brings with it many risks as well, including
with other medications and dosage problems. Make sure you have
a licensed and experienced anesthesiologist in addition to a
To maximize the safety of your procedure, make
sure your surgeon is board-certified and that the facility complies
standards. Your surgeon should be familiar with extensive information
your medical condition and your medical history. Certain factors
may increase the risk of blood clots, such as oral contraceptive
use, hormone replacement therapy, overweight, recent trauma and
certain pre-existing conditions or disorders. Because blood clotting
common risk associated with cosmetic surgery procedures, it’s
important that your surgeon takes the appropriate measures to prevent
blood clotting if you are particularly prone. The American Society
of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Board of Plastic Surgery
have worked together to make cosmetic surgery a safer, more risk-free,
field. Contact these organizations if you have any questions about
the risk of a procedure, the safety of a facility or the experience
of a surgeon.
Because cosmetic surgery is elective, you have the unique
opportunity to consider risks in making your decision to get surgery.
are required for proper health. In the case of cosmetic surgery,
it’s important to remember that you are empowered to make
any decisions for your own health, and in so doing you carry the
of considering all of the risks. Most of the risks listed above
are permanent, and cannot be erased after the surgery.