The Risks of Cosmetic Surgery

Different plastic surgeriesplastic surgery consultation gains more and more popularity every year. With Hollywood’s A list leading the trend countless patients from spoiled teens to insecure middle aged are opting in to go under the knife. The idea is tantalizing and attractive in more ways than a blog post can express, but what often escapes the celebrity centered marketing campaign of these surgeries are the risks involved. Its almost as if everyone has forgotten the “surgery” in plastic surgery.

Taking these risks into account makes you much more responsible than most of the potential patients out there. Get educated, drill your surgeon with questions, and do everything necessary to ensure that your cosmetic procedure is comfortable and not at all rushed. There are endless examples of poor plastic surgery, and that doesn’t just include non-ideal results. The thing to keep in mind is that someone is in fact slicing you open and changing up some serious tissue masses, the likelihood of complications is a bit higher than just ordering some makeup or the new p90x.

Hematoma

Ask most patients what hematoma is and they won’t have a clue. If this isn’t proof enough that we aren’t being properly educated on these procedures than I don’t know what is. Hematoma occurs most often with face lift procedures and often requires a second surgery as treatment. Essentially it is a pool of blood collecting outside of veins and arteries.

Seroma

This side effect ofseroma plastic surgery cosmetic procedures is similar to hematoma in that nearly none of the patients know what it is. Its also similar in that its a collection of bodily fluids out of place. Seroma usually develops after a tummy tuck surgery and occurs often enough for most surgeons to use a preventative drain during the procedure. Definitely a question to ask your doctor.

Necrosis

This morbid sounding effect occurs with nearly every sort of plastic surgery and can be avoided by choosing an experienced and skilled doctor. Necrosis is skin cell death after surgical manipulation and can leave patients more self conscious than if they would have skipped on the surgery. Smokers are especially at risk for necrosis because of the effect nicotine has on the skin.