Like any other surgery plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures also carry risks of postoperative complications. Individuals with a history of cardiovascular or lung diseases, and diabetes or obesity are at high risks of developing complications like pneumonia, blood clots in the legs or lungs and heart attacks. Smoking is another habit that increases risks of complications and suppresses the healing process.
Here are 10 most common risks that occur after plastic surgery or any other cosmetic procedures:
A hematoma is a kind of blood clot that looks like a large, painful bruise. It commonly occurs in breast augmentation procedures and is a very common complication that happens after a facelift.
2. Nerve Damage
Tingling and numbness are common after plastic surgery and can be signs of a nerve damage. Change in sensitivity following a breast augmentation surgery is very common, and 15 percent of women permanently lose nipple sensation after the procedure.
Postoperative care after plastic surgery includes guidelines to reduce the risk of cellulitis (a skin infection). cellulitis is one of the most common complications of plastic surgery mostly noticed after breast surgeries.
4. Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism
The condition where blood starts clotting deep in the veins of the leg is known as deep vein thrombosis. When these clots break and flow up to the lungs, it is called pulmonary embolism. These conditions are rarely found but can be fatal if they occur.
Any surgery usually results in some bit of scarring. Since cosmetic surgeries are done to improve your physical appearance, visible scars can make you feel uncomfortable. The most common scarring occurs with breast augmentation surgeries.
6. General Appearance Dissatisfaction
Although most people are generally satisfied with their post surgery outcomes, disappointments can be a possibility many times. Individuals who undergo breast augmentation surgery can experience asymmetry problems, while others who get facial surgeries like a face lift, rhinoplasty or lip augmentation, have chances of dissatisfactory results post their surgery.
7. Organ Damage
Liposuction is a longer procedure which may require staying in the hospital for 2-3 days. It is a proper surgery that can result in traumatic conditions like the failure of internal organs.
8. Anaesthesia Complications
Anaesthesia helps patients to undergo surgeries without feeling the pain during the surgical procedure. General anesthesia is used to make the patient unconscious, but can sometimes lead to complications during the operation. These complications may include lung infections, heart attacks, and can also lead to death. Some common risks include waking up confused and shivering. And a little less common complication can be waking up in the middle of surgery.
Seroma is a condition in which the serum in the blood swells up and looks like large blisters. It is also painful and can occur after any surgery. Seroma is a common complication of a tummy tuck surgery. These can be drained by needle incisions but have chances of recurring.
10. Blood Loss
Every surgery is expected to have a certain amount of blood loss. However, uncontrolled blood loss results in low blood pressure which can create serious complications. Blood loss can happen during the surgery, but also can happen internally, after the surgery.