Risks and side effects of Plastic Surgery

Every surgical procedure, including plastic surgery, carries certain risks. Plastic Surgery could go wrong as it has many risks and side effects. Every week, cosmetic surgeons perform thousands of operations successfully. However, each patient should know that a treatment is never completely safe.

The main risks of interventions in plastic and aesthetic surgery are: implant rejection, sensory changes, skin discoloration, tissue necrosis, asymmetry, unexpected scar evolution, pain and allergic reactions to sedation.

These complications can usually be corrected by one or more additional operations. Exceptionally, a persistent aesthetic defect, permanent functional damage or even death may result.

It is very important to be well informed before undergoing surgery. Your doctor is the best source of information. It will inform you of the usual risks related to your intervention, and especially your personal risks.

Complications are more frequent in smokers. That is why we advise you to stop smoking at least three weeks before the operation and as much after the procedure. Poor physical condition, overweight or age are other high risk factors. Certain diseases, and drug use can increase the risk of complications.

Do not hesitate to trust your doctor. It is important that he or she be well informed. Your health and safety are the main concern of the doctor.

Surgery also involves mortality risks. Among the possible complications, which can lead to death, is pulmonary embolism, caused by the formation of blood or fatty clots, anaphylactic shock, linked to a severe allergic reaction to the drugs used, and malignant hypothermia, a rare complication related to anesthesia, which can lead to cardio respiratory arrest. These risks are extremely low, but they do exist anyway.

In most cases, depending on the type of plastic surgery performed, the patient will have to undergo a period of convalescence. This rest time varies greatly from one type of surgery to another and from one patient to another. The patient will have to stop all his daily activities to concentrate in the fitness of his tissues. This period is not without pain and the person in convalescence will have to sleep very much, to accelerate his recovery. The fitness of the tissues follows several steps that require, on the part of the operated, time and patience. It should also avoid the sun, sauna, alcohol, salt and spices that can impair healing. It should be remembered that plastic surgery does not have magic and requires a lot of patience. Many patients would like to see that what has been desired for a long time was obtained immediately. They will then be very disappointed, because the final results are visible only after several weeks. The patient should also be aware that certain side effects and symptoms are perfectly normal. The convalescence period will be marked by discomfort, doubts and a slight fatigue.