Some people think that plastic surgeons are only in it for the money, but that’s not really true for many. The truth is that the best surgeons tend to decline almost a third of those wanting to go under the knife. Sometimes it’s because the patient’s medical history may increase the risk (such as if they have high blood pressure), and at other times it’s because the doctor feels that the patient doesn’t really need the surgery. The truth of the matter is that plastic surgery dangers exist, and they must be factored in before any surgery is performed.
Here are some of the dangers that can arise when a plastic surgery procedure is performed:
- Blood loss. You can expect some blood loss with any type of surgery. But the real danger is uncontrolled blood loss that can occur during the procedure or afterwards. This can lead to a steep drop in blood pressure that can then be followed by severe consequences.
- Seroma. This is the most common complication resulting from a tummy tuck, and it looks like a huge blister. It happens when the blood serum collects under the skin surface so it results in a painful swelling. This can also become infected too.
- Hematoma. This is another risk for all surgeries, and it’s characterized by the pooling of blood under the skin so it looks like a large bruise. It’s very common in facelifts and with breast augmentation too.
- Complications of anesthesia. Usually the anesthesia can cause you to wake up dazed and confused. It’s also possible for you to wake up during the surgery. General anesthesia complications can also include heart attacks, strokes, and lung infections. In fact, even death is possible.
- Internal organ damage. In procedures like liposuction, surgical probes can puncture internal organs, and these can even be fatal.
- Scarring. This is very typical for any surgery, but it’s particularly unwanted for plastic surgery. Still, it can happen and the results aren’t very pleasing to look at.
- DVT. Deep vein thrombosis is when you have blood clots that form deep in the veins. Usually, this happens in the leg. However, the clot can break off and then move on to your lungs. This is now called pulmonary embolism, and it can be fatal.
- Infection. This is one of the most common complications of any surgery. This is true even with postoperative care. Some of these infections can be severe enough to require IV antibiotics.
- Nerve damage. After plastic surgery, you may experience some tingling or numbness sensations. This is quite common for breast surgery, and in fact fully 15% of breast surgery patients lose all feelings with the nipples permanently.
- General dissatisfaction. After everything you will go through in plastic surgery, it’s still very much possible that you’ll still be unhappy with the results.
Surgeries are always performed by taking the risk and reward ration into account. It’s one thing to undergo surgery to overcome a serious ailment or injury. If you just want to improve your looks, you better make sure that the rewards outweigh the potential plastic surgery dangers.