Is cosmetic surgery still a risk?

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Cosmetic surgery is meant to enhance physical beauty, improve functionality and boost confidence. Yet, some people experience just the opposite and come away from their procedures with scars, deformations and bruised self-esteems. Despite recent medical advancements and highly skilled surgeons, it is still risky for patients to go under the knife. This is why it is vital to have a good overview of what constitutes a medical claim before entering such a procedure.

It is even more dangerous if you go out of the country for a procedure or to an unknown or unlicensed doctor. Not going to a reputable facility or an experienced surgeon, increases the risk of having a botched operation and makes patients more susceptible to developing post-op complications.

Say that you make it out of the operating room in good condition, you wake up from anesthesia and you seem to be doing just fine. But, don’t call the surgery a success just yet. There are still many complications that can develop. For example, liposuction which leaves large internal wounds increases the risk of an infection, as do unsterile utensils and environments. External wounds that are not sutured properly are also prone to infection. Before going into surgery your doctor should make sure you are healthy and the facility is clean and sterile.

Bleeding

After a surgery, there is always a chance that a patient may have bleeding. Most of the time, it is minimal and non-threatening, however, it can occur. Patients who have high blood pressure or use of aspirin or blood thinners are at a greater risk. Even if everything appears to be fine on the outside, there may be problems internally. Post-op, patients can develop hematomas. These are small collections of clotted blood that forms in a tissue or organ as a result of a broken blood vessel.

Tissue Damage

While necrosis, the death of tissue due to a lack of blood is inevitable after surgery, if not removed properly, it can cause further complications such as gangrene. It is best to choose a surgeon who is knowledgeable of the blood supply to the area that is being operated on. Smokers are at a greater risk for developing necrosis because smoking reduces blood supply in the skin.

Again, scarring is also an unavoidable part of surgery. However, some people may develop hypertrophic scars which can be hard, raised, red and hypo or hyper pigmented. A surgeon who is experienced and skillful knows where and how to cut to minimize scarring and the visibility of it.

Nerve Damage

When an incision is made into the skin, there will be nerve damage. More often than not it is minimal, however, if surgery is done improperly, the damage may be much more significant and it can be permanent. Nerve damage can result numbness and tingling and it may weaken or cause paralysis in some muscles which can be temporary or permanent. It is common for women who undergo a breast augmentation to experience a loss of sensation in the nipple. It is even more likely in a breast reduction because the nipple and areola are completely removed then reattached.

Death

Anesthesia that is not administered properly, damaged organs and body parts, imitation fillers, instruments left in the body and serious infections can all lead to death.

Over the years, so many lawyers who specialize in medical negligence like those at the acclaimed UK law firm Irwin Mitchell, have had to file claims for patients or on the behalf of a deceased loved one because of a wrongdoing. Unfortunately, there are still numerous risks associated with cosmetic surgery. Before going under the knife, it is imperative that you research doctors thoroughly and ensure that you are healthy enough to have surgery.

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