The stats are in, and more and more people are turning to the surgeon’s knife every year in order to get the body, boobs or butt that they have been dreaming of.
A darker side to plastic surgey
While there are myriad TV shows peddling the ideal of the perfect body (Extreme Makeover, anyone?) there is a darker side to the plastic surgery industry that we all need to be aware of in order to ensure that we’re being safe every time.
I know that when I went through my last surgical procedure, a basic breast lift and augmentation, that I was so thorough in my research that I almost drove my husband crazy! It seemed like I was on the computer every night looking up a different surgeon’s reviews or looking at a different before and after photo on Instagram.
I even went so far as to send instant messages to people I didn’t know in Instagram to find out what a certain surgeon or provider was like! You might think this is crazy, but I wanted to be sure. After all, there are some pretty common risks associated with plastic surgery, and I figured if I was aware of the risks, I wasn’t going to fall prey to the problems!
I know what you’re thinking now: What risks, lady!? And don’t worry, I’m going to share them with you. After all, I didn’t go through all that research just to not share what I found. So without further ado, here are my five most common plastic surgery risks to avoid. I do have to point out here as well – most of the surgery that is performed around the world every day goes off without a hitch and with no dramas.
Other places (like The Cosmetic Institute, ahem ahem!) have an issue every six months or so… So it’s sometimes not the person but the place – and it pays to do your research.
This is a common risk in any kind of surgery – cosmetic or otherwise, and all surgeons and medical facilities will take plenty of precautions to ensure that they’re minimising the surgical risks and the potential for any kind of postoperative infection. You’ll find that any kind of breast surgery can possibly result in cellulitis – which is a kind of skin infection and which occurs in up to two to four per cent of people.
With just about every kind of surgery, you will see the use of anesthesia. As a result, there are potential complications that can arise from this, and these complications can lead to things like strokes, lung infections, heart attacks and even – in some rare cases – death.
Other very common anaesthesia risks can include post-procedure disorientation and grogginess, but you can also wake up in the middle of surgery, which is called anaesthesia awareness.
Nerve or Organ Damage
You have a lot of nerves in the body, so the potential for nerve damage is pretty present in many surgical procedures. Plastic surgery has the potential to create numbness and tingling, and many women experience a change in breast sensitivity following breast augmentation surgery, including a loss of nipple sensation.
This is when there is a collection of blood that occurs external to the blood vessels. It may look like a large bruise and is pretty common after a face lift. You can also get it following breast augmentation and you may require another operation to drain the blood.
This occurs when plasma makes a pool beneath the surface of your skin, and this is due to ruptured blood vessels. You may need another procedure to drain this after your surgery.
While some postoperative issues are basically and on the whole, unavoidable, other issues can be due to medical malpractice. If you are someone who has had injuries following plastic surgery, you may want to consult with a lawyer.