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Surgical outcomes shown on this website are only relevant for each patient. Surgery outcomes vary on the characteristics of individuals. Like any surgical procedure, cosmetic surgery carries inherent risks.
Cosmetic surgery involves a surgical procedure performed to enhance or alter a person’s physical appearance. While these procedures can help individuals achieve their desired aesthetic goals, it’s essential for patients to be aware of the potential risks and complications involved.
Here’s some information about the risks associated with cosmetic surgery:
1. Surgical risks: Like any surgical procedure, cosmetic surgery carries inherent risks, such as infection, bleeding, blood clots, adverse reactions to anesthesia, and poor wound healing. These risks can vary depending on the specific procedure and individual factors.
2. Scarring: Incisions made during cosmetic surgery will result in scars. While surgeons make efforts to minimise scarring and place incisions discreetly, the extent and visibility of scars can vary. Some patients may have a predisposition to abnormal scarring, such as keloids or hypertrophic scars.
3. Pain and discomfort: Following cosmetic surgery, patients may experience pain, discomfort, swelling, bruising, and stiffness. The intensity and duration of these symptoms can vary depending on the procedure performed.
4. Unsatisfactory results: Cosmetic surgery aims to enhance appearance, but the results may not always meet patients’ expectations. Factors such as individual anatomy, healing process, or surgical complications can contribute to unsatisfactory outcomes.
5. Emotional and psychological effects: Cosmetic surgery can have emotional and psychological implications. While many patients experience improved self-esteem and body image, some may face dissatisfaction, disappointment, or unrealistic expectations. It’s important to have realistic goals and communicate openly with the surgeon.
6. Infection and complications: There is always a risk of infection after any surgical procedure. Proper post-operative care, including wound care and adherence to medical instructions, can minimise this risk. However, complications such as hematoma (collection of blood), seroma (collection of fluid), or tissue necrosis (cell death) can still occur.
7. Nerve damage and sensory changes: Some cosmetic procedures may involve manipulation or alteration of nerves, leading to temporary or permanent nerve damage. This can result in altered sensation, numbness, or hypersensitivity in the surgical area.
8. Allergic reactions: Some individuals may have allergic reactions to medications, anesthesia, or surgical materials used during the procedure. It’s important to disclose any known allergies to the surgical team before the operation.
9. Revision surgery: In some cases, patients may require additional surgeries to achieve the desired outcome or address complications. Revision surgeries carry their own set of risks and may involve additional costs.
10. General health risks: Certain pre-existing medical conditions or lifestyle factors, such as smoking, obesity, or chronic diseases, can increase the risk of complications during and after cosmetic surgery. It’s crucial to disclose your complete medical history to the surgeon and follow any pre-operative instructions.
It’s important for individuals considering cosmetic surgery to have a thorough consultation with a qualified and experienced cosmetic practitioner. The surgeon will assess your suitability for the procedure, discuss potential risks, and provide personalised advice based on your individual circumstances. Additionally, patients should carefully follow pre-operative and post-operative instructions to minimise risks and ensure a smooth recovery.