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What are the Risks of Plastic Surgery?

A staggering $7 billion was spent on cosmetic surgery in the United States alone. More and more people are looking to get under the knife to change things about themselves. But still, a large number of people refrain from turning to plastic surgery by insisting that there are significant risks to the whole practice. Although plastic surgery has greatly innovated and developed over the years; significant complications remain. In this article, we will look some of those risks that need to be considered before going under the knife.

  1. The two most requested plastic surgeries are breast augmentation and facelifts. Although liposuction is also favoured; these two remain a class above. Both these procedures leave the patients with the risk of developing hematoma; hematoma is a bruise that is a large pocket of blood. Most surgeries result in hematomas but the frequency of hematomas is higher in people going under the knife.
  2. Breast augmentation is a plastic surgery procedure that can lead to a lot of complications. One other major complication is nerve damage. Around 15% of women state that they have completely lost sensation in their nipples after breast augmentation. After the surgery, if you feel any sort of numbness or tingly feeling, go to your doctor as soon as possible to see what the issue is.
  3. Infection is one of the most common types of complication that is seen in plastic surgeries. Although post-operative care is given to people who go under the knife, a small but significant number of people still face the possibility of contracting an infection that can make things very complicated. Cellulitis infection is one of the most common types of infection that people tend to contract and requires immediate care. The infection can be internal or external and in some case would require IV antibiotics to combat the infection.

  4. Liposuction leads to some of the more serious complications to patients. The surgical probe used in liposuctions can at times come in contact with internal organs. If the probe does come in contact with an internal organ, it can lead to visceral perforations on the organ. The perforations need to be treated immediately, which then would require further surgery. The perforations are at times fatal as well. It is to be noted that scarring is seen to occur in 2%-6% of people who go under the knife, but treating visceral perforations to the organ can lead to even more scarring.

The famous quote that goes “Think before you leap”, should be changed to “Think before you go under the knife”.