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It’s Complicated: Risks Associated with Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic surgery is common to help people look and feel better. It can be used to enhance your breasts, tuck your tummy, and change the appearance of your face. Overall, cosmetic surgeries make you fit the ideal form of beauty and look younger. They can help your self-confidence greatly, and if you’ve been deformed in a car accident or because of a medical condition, plastic surgery can help you face the world. That said, there are risks and complications associated with plastic surgery.

What most people do not realize is that cosmetic surgery is not a casual affair like getting your teeth cleaned or putting on make up. Cosmetic surgery alters your body for the rest of your life. There are health risks involved with this, and people have died due to cosmetic surgery. Although this is rare, you need to understand the seriousness of the procedures before you go under the knife.

One of the biggest risks associated with cosmetic surgery is that you may not like the results. If you do not communicate completely with your doctor, he or she may take artistic creativity to your face or body and although the results will be different, you may not like them. This also occurs often if you work with a doctor new to the field.

Another risk is infection. This usually occurs right after the surgery and may or may not be the doctor’s fault. However, infections can make you very sick, and may result in more surgery or reversal of your original surgery. If you received implants, infection is a problem you may have to watch out for during the rest of your life, because it can happen at any time. Certain implants, like breast implants, can also create other problems. They may break and deflate, and then you’re looking at more surgery for repair.

There is also always the risk that you will react adversely to the anesthetics on the operating table. Local anesthetics will be applied for small procedures, along with a sedative, so you will be awake during your surgery, but calm and with no pain. Some doctors like a general anesthetic instead, which will put your to sleep during our surgery. In either case, a professional should be called in to monitor your anesthetics.

Each specific kind of cosmetic surgery comes with certain risks. Your doctor should discuss these risks with you so that you are fully aware of what you’re getting into before getting surgery. The potential complications are sometimes not worth the outcome of the surgery.

  © Mirza Rais 2009

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