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Cosmetic Surgery: Complications and Risk Concerns

The desire to look better has triggered significant growth in the cosmetic surgery field. According to data from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), there was a 12 percent increase in the number of cosmetic surgical procedures performed in the United States in 2013. Last year, more than 11 million cosmetic procedures, including surgical as well as nonsurgical procedures, were performed in this country.

In 2013, Americans spent a staggering $7 billion going under the knife for cosmetic procedures. Women accounted for more than 90 percent of the cosmetic procedures that were performed in 2013.

The top surgeries performed in 2013 were:

  • liposuction, which accounted for 363,912 procedures;
  • breast augmentation, which accounted for 313,327 procedures;
  • eyelid surgery, which accounted for 161,389 procedures;
  • tummy tucks, which accounted for 160,077 procedures; and
  • nose surgery or rhinoplasty, which accounted for 147,966 procedures.

Clearly, the popularity of cosmetic procedures continues unabated, and the numbers of patients who choose to have cosmetic surgery for aesthetic enhancement – and in some cases to address disfigurement or scarring from an accident – will increase as the surgeries become affordable and more accessible.

Possible Cosmetic Surgery Complications

As pictures of celebrities who have gone under the knife can attest, very often, cosmetic surgeries do not give patients the results that they expect, and could even give them an unnatural look. Even though cosmetic surgery success rates are high, there is always the risk of plastic surgery complications, because these are, after all, surgical procedures. The terms “tummy tuck” and “nose job” could give patients the false impression that these are minor surgeries, and that the patient will go under anesthesia, and wake up with a perfect nose, or washboard abs.

Be a smart and informed patient, and educate yourself on possible complications, risks, and success rates of cosmetic surgeries well in advance.

As with any surgery, there are injury risks associated with cosmetic surgery:

  • anesthetic complications during surgery;
  • risk of infections at the surgical site;
  • fluid accumulation under the skin;
  • risk of bleeding during the surgery or post-surgical bleeding;
  • severe scarring which may require extra surgery;  and
  • nerve damage.

How You Can Be a Smart Cosmetic Surgery Patient

As an informed patient, you can reduce your risks of complications during or after cosmetic surgery:

  • Ask the surgeon if he is certified with the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery.
  • Discuss your expectations about the surgery with your cosmetic surgeon extensively.
  • Have reasonable expectations about the success of the surgery.
  • Evaluate your medical history, including any medical conditions like heart disease, stroke history, and hypertension and how they will affect your procedure.
  • Discuss how your weight and age will affect complication risks or success of your cosmetic surgery.
  • Discuss possible side effects and complications during and after the surgery.
  • Ask your doctor about the post-operation follow-up care that you will need.
  • Ask your doctor about the pain that you can expect after the surgery, and how long the pain will last.
  • Ask about scarring associated with the procedure.

If you have suffered injuries or cosmetic surgery complications as a result of surgical negligence, speak with a medical malpractice attorney. Call Jason Schultz in Peachtree City to learn how you can protect your rights: 404-474-0804 or contact us online.


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