Cosmetic surgery is usually associated with impressive aesthetic outcomes and the popular culture with celebrity looks. The mere common context imposed a certain tone of banal to the cosmetic surgery, resulting in the wrong belief that all you need is enough money and a good surgeon to provide you with a whole new look. The truth is that the same as any other form of surgery procedures, cosmetic surgery comes with wide range of potential risks and complications. All of these should be presented to a patient prior procedure and explained in details. Here is just a brief overview of some of the most common complications every patient considering cosmetic surgery should be aware of.
Early post – surgery complications
Three most frequent complications occurring within few days after the surgical procedure is completed hematoma and infection. Hematoma, a large collection of blood at the cutting site, is the most common after breast implantation and face-lifting and sometimes it requires another surgical intervention to drain blood collection. Infection is always present risk of every surgery procedure, but if the patient is protected with antibiotics after the procedure, infection should be avoided or at least successfully treated. Finally, most cosmetic procedures are conducted under the IV general anesthesia that makes patient unconscious. Rarely, this method might cause some serious complications, such as blood clotting, stroke, heart attack, confusion, vomiting and much more.
Scarring and nerve damages
Scars remained after the cosmetic procedure are common and expected till a certain level. Stitches used in this surgical field will usually be absorbed after some time, and most scars are tiny and acceptable. However, sometimes the hypertrophy of scar happens, leaving an ugly mark at the site of cutting, often requiring additional surgical intervention. Accidental nerve damaging during the cosmetic procedure happens rarely, but it represents one of the most troubling complications since nerves usually don’t regenerate. There are various levels of damage, and commonly patients report numbness, changes in sensitivity or tingling. The most serious level of damaging results in complete loss of sensitivity in the affected area and consequential atrophy of muscles in the same area.
Disappointed with the outcome
It is probably the biggest fear of all the patients considering cosmetic surgery procedures. All of these people turn to cosmetic surgery looking for improvement of their general appearance and fortunately most patients are satisfied eventually. However, sometimes it happens that the procedure leaves the patient dissatisfied, either due to lousy conducted intervention or due to unreal expectations.