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Cosmetic surgery is a type of surgery that has a low surgery complication rate. This is especially true if the individual doing the surgery is board certified in plastic surgery. While every surgery has its risks, the truth is that most who are having cosmetic surgery are healthy as a baseline and they have no underlying disease that can contribute to having surgical complications. Even so, you should talk to your primary care physician or plastic surgeon about your own personal risks to having plastic surgery. If you would like advice at no cost just use the helpline or complete the contact form and a cosmetic surgery solicitor will telephone you with no charge and no obligation.

With any type of surgery, there are risks with anesthesia or sedation. Some of the risks occurring with general anesthesia include an abnormal heart rhythm, blockage of the airway, blood clots to the lungs, heart attack, brain damage and death. Malignant hypertension can occur with inhaled steroids and a stroke is always possible. You can get nerve damage and temporary paralysis associated with either general or local anesthesia. You are at a greater risk of cosmetic surgery complications if you have pre-existing lung disease, heart disease or obesity. To lower your risk, you should talk to the doctor about your medical history and the medications you are taking. If you would like advice at no cost just use the helpline or complete the contact form and a cosmetic surgery solicitor will telephone you with no charge and no obligation.

You can lose too much blood with a plastic surgery procedure which can lead to severe anemia. You can also aspirate or vomit food and liquid from your stomach into your lungs and this can block your airway, causing infections, a chronic cough or an obstruction of the lung airways. A DVT or deep vein thrombosis can occur as a result of being immobile for a long period of time, and this can result in a pulmonary embolus, which can be deadly. Sometimes the doctor uses compression garments to prevent blood clots from forming.

There can be a lowering of blood pressure in surgery, which can lead to a heart attack. This is a complication of anesthesia, especially general anesthesia. Infection occurs in less than one percent of people who have plastic surgery. If you are infected with a difficult organism, antibiotics can be slow to treat the disease and the individual can have a bad outcome, such as scarring or death. Sutures can come loose on the inside or outside of the body, leading to a hernia or to internal or external bleeding complications. It may require a second surgery and could cause a disfiguring injury.

In surgery that is purely cosmetic, there is a risk of skin necrosis or skin death that can be due to overstretching the skin or to infection or hematoma formation beneath the skin. The surgeon can unknowingly create an asymmetry of the breasts or body areas so that additional surgery is necessary to fix the surgical complications. Healing can be slow, depending on your age and on medications you may be taking. There can be numbness or tingling to the affected area if nerves become disrupted in the act of plastic surgery. Plastic surgery can yield irregularities of the skin, dimples, divots and puckers within the skin due to differences in body healing or to surgical error. You can get a hematoma or seroma built up beneath the skin at the site of the plastic surgery. These may need to be gotten rid of surgically or just drained using a syringe inserted into the seroma or hematoma to draw out the fluid.

You should know that plastic surgery is generally very safe and effective. There are few complications in cosmetic surgery. Complications occur in less than half of one percent and about one in 57,000 cases of plastic surgery patients actually die. The risk is about the same in ambulatory hospital centers when compared to cosmetic surgery freestanding centers. Doctors who treat patients for cosmetic surgery look for morbid obesity as a risk factor for complications. They also look for problems with the heart or lungs as risk factors and look for a history of recent trauma, cancer history, or recurrent severe infection. If these things and the physical exam check out, you have a good chance of having a low risk cosmetic surgery.

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Medical Negligence Solicitors

Our medical negligence solicitors will maximise your personal injury compensation claim using a no win no fee arrangement which means that if you don�t win then you don�t pay them their professional costs. If you believe that your Cosmetic Surgery was carried out negligently then just complete the contact form or email our solicitors offices or use the helpline and a Cosmetic Surgery solicitor will telephone you at no cost and with no obligation.

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The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here