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The Dangers and Risks of Plastic Surgery

Today plastic surgery is performed on a regular basis and is considered to be safe and reliable because of enhanced surgical techniques used nowadays.

However, you need to keep in mind that complications from cosmetic surgery have occurred and still happen -- just like in the case of any other type of surgical procedure.


The degree of having complications and risks due to plastic surgery depends a great deal upon what kind of procedure is performed, and one must also take into consideration the patient's physiology and health condition.


Dangers And Risks Of Face-Lift Plastic Surgery

If you are looking to remove excess skin and tighten the soft tissues of your neck, face and chin, then you may want to consider having a face-lift done.

A face-lift can also improve the jaw line, loose neck skin and sagging cheeks. Skin folds are able to be reduced and tightened but not permanently eliminated.

As with all surgeries, there are certain risks and complications that you should be aware of. Since face-lifts are so popular these days, you may be interested in a list of the possible dangers of having this plastic surgery procedure done:

" Abnormal facial contour
" Reaction to anesthesia
" Attached earlobe
" Bleeding
" Blistering of skin which may turn into permanent scarring
" Depression
" Discoloration
" Ear nerve damage
" Early relapse
" Facial weakness of paralysis
" Hematoma
" Infection
" Injury to the facial nerves This can be either permanent or temporary.
" Keloid or heavy scarring
" Loss of sideburns
" Nerve damage
" Open ear canal
" Permanent numbness
" Reaction to medication
" Skin irregularities
" Skin necrosis or death of the skin This complication increases 1500% with smokers.
" Slow healing
" Swelling
" Tight face
" Visible scar
" Weak facial muscles

Although the risk is infrequent for complications after having a face-lift done, you should be aware that risks do occur. You may have to have additional surgery if the complication is bad enough.

Complications can cause such things as abnormal scarring, slow healing, inconvenience, discomfort and even permanent deformity.

You can help lessen your risks if you choose a board certified surgeon and follow all of the instructions and advice that he or she gives you.


The following is a list of some of the general risks and complications that are associated with plastic surgery:

" Bleeding and associated risks Bleeding is very common with the first 24 hours after your surgical procedure and can lead to certain complications. Blood sometimes pools and collects under the skin to form what is called a hematoma. It may result in a return trip to the operating room to have it drained. Furthermore, a very large hematoma will put you at risk for such things as wound separation, infection and necrosis.

" Reaction to sutures and wound separation - Sutures are foreign substances so it is not uncommon for your body to have a reaction to it. Spitting sutures, suture granulomas and even suture abscesses may result. If this is left untreated, further infection may occur.

" Necrosis This is often known as the death of tissues and it is a result of oxygen starvation. The higher risk procedures have a better chance of a patient developing necrosis such as with face lifts, breast reductions and tummy tucks.

These are just a few of the dangers that are present when you consider having plastic surgery done.