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The Possible Dangers of Cosmetic Surgery

Aug 17, 2007
An anesthetic complication during plastic surgery killed her. She was the rising American novelist. She was none other than Olivia Goldsmith.

This unpleasant situation puts a kind of conflict whether we opt for the cosmetic surgery or not.

The risks, if any, depend on the kind of surgeries done and the patients' health conditions including diabetes, allergies and heart problems. However, cynics reject the idea of cosmetic surgery as the means of outer perfection; they rather accept the natural beauty.

Get the blood tests and physical reports before looking for a cosmetic surgeon; you should also consult with the surgeons to know the post-effects of this surgery so that you can be prepared.

Some General Risks:

- Bleeding

Within the first 24 hours of the surgery, there is a possibility of blood clotting in the operated area. It is called Hematoma. This is generally reduced as the body immunity takes over, but sometimes the excess blood is required to be taken out by a needle. A large hematoma will squeeze the tissue and blocks the oxygen circulation. This leads to skin death and similar other complications like infection, wound separation and necrosis.

Within the 72 hours of the surgery, there may even be the chances of fever, redness, foul odor and thick yellow or white discharge from the operated area.

- Suture Effect

The body can reject suture, a foreign object, resulting in a visible suture splitting outside the skin. It might produce scar, which in turn might project suture granuloma, a bumpy skin. If the bacteria infect the area, it could cause infection like suture abscess. As such, the skin becomes red, tender and there might even be the pus around the suture.

Suture material and suture technique should be checked before the operation to reduce the risks.

- Wound Breaking

Bleeding, too much movement, nicotine, steroid, heavy blood sugar, Hematoma and other infections cause wound separation.

- Necrosis

In times of facelift, tummy tucks and breast reduction the Necrosis is highest possibility due to the insufficient supply of oxygen to the operated area with primary signs of blue, purple or grey cast. Later it will turn black and may smell if it is not treated at its earliest stage by releasing suture and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

- Nerve Impairment

After the surgery, the patient might face a temporary numbness, tingling and paralytic condition to the affected area. This is the anesthetic reaction actually. This will generally last for 6 months, but can be extended up to 2 to 3 years to have the original sensation so long as the skin regenerates there.

Other than the previous mentioned probabilities, there can be scarring and the patient could even face the adverse effects of the anesthesia.
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