One of the questions frequently asked by the general public is “Is plastic surgery safe?”
In general, plastic surgery is considered to be as safe as any other form of surgery as long as the patient chooses a reliable and experienced surgeon. There are, however, certain risks associated with plastic surgery that should be borne in mind when opting for a procedure.
When having any operation, there are several problems that may arise as a result of the procedure.
Infection – any open wound may become infected which can be painful and cause scarring.
Blood clots – although rare, blood clots may be caused by surgical procedures that can be severe or even life-threatening.
Bleeding – sometimes, an operation, including plastic surgery, may result in excess bleeding from the wound site.
Bruising – bruising is a very common side-effect of plastic surgery; however, it is not life threatening, and although unsightly will eventually subside.
Bad reaction to anesthetic – as with any surgery that requires a general anesthetic, sometimes a patient will experience a bad reaction.
Prospective plastic surgery patients should consider these risks before planning any elective procedures. However, it is worth remembering that many patients undergo plastic surgery and experience no ill effects. Usually, patients are very pleased with the results of their operation.
It is important, however, to take the time to research the plastic surgery operation that you are considering and find a surgeon who is qualified and experienced to handle the procedure. Any surgeon who will perform plastic surgery on you should take the time to discuss the operation with you thoroughly, explaining the procedure and risks before agreeing to surgery. They should also arrange a follow-up appointment after the operation to perform a check-up, examine the wound and ensure that there are no lasting complications.
For even more information on this topic, visit Forbes for the top ten plastic surgery risks.