Plastic surgeries have become increasingly more popular and accepted today than they used to in the past.
Whether the person who has gone through it is a celebrity, a relative of ours or a friend, we all know some people who have had some type of procedure to enhance their physical looks. But despite the innovations and the vast improvements in medical technology and its application in the field of plastic surgery, there are still risks and dangers that should never be ignored.
If you have plans to enhance your physical appearance, make sure to gather the information you need about the surgeon, the procedure itself, and the dangers and risks involved in it.
When we think of plastic surgeries, the thought of celebrities getting facelifts, liposuctions, nose and breast enhancements and butt implants.
We occasionally think about the blotched procedures on famous personalities like Michael Jackson, Scott “Carrot Top” Thompson, Tori Spelling and many more. They are just a few examples of how dangerous plastic surgeries can go.
There are multiple procedures, each offering its benefits, risks and possible complications. Some of them are more serious than others, and some turn into lifelong complications. Here is a list of procedures known to carry dire procedural risks:
Liposuction – While liposuction is a well-known procedure that removes localized fat deposits of the body, there are also some complications involved here. Some of the risks include blood clots, systemic infections, fat clogs in the lunch and perforations in the stomach wall.
Lipectomy (Body Lift) – This is a procedure that can be performed in the belly, thighs, buttocks, genitals, and breasts. Lipectomy is a procedure that improves the shape and tone of the tissues underneath the body’s skin and fat. Considering that patients are placed under general anesthesia for multiple hours, the risk of cardiovascular problems is higher compared to other procedures.
Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) – It is a procedure that removes the excess fat and skin from the abdominal area. The patients who usually go for this are the people who have just recently lost a lot of weight and wants to tighten their skin and enhances their appearance. Abdominoplasty has some risks as well, and these are scarring, bleeding, numbness, poor wound healing, and even tissue necrosis.
Facial Reconstruction Surgery – Similar to gluteal implants, the quality of the facial reconstruction also depends on the doctor. It is imperative that you find a skilled surgeon to carry this type of procedure if you want to lessen the risks that come along with it.
Majority of the patients who undergo this facial reconstruction are trauma victims that need reshaping and restructuring bones, particularly the jaw and skull. Jaw reconstruction has many critical blood vessels in the area which means the room for error is incredibly small.
Gluteal Injection (Butt Implants and Injections) – This procedure enhances the appearance of your glutes. While many people undergo butt implants, it requires different techniques and therefore relies heavily on how skilled your chosen surgeon is. Procedures range from body contouring, gluteal implant, and liposculpture – a surgical method that transfers fat using liposuction.
What do you do when something goes wrong?
Every patient hopes for the best result. But every person who went under the knife knows almost immediately when something is not right. Here are the steps to take when you think your plastic surgery has gone wrong.
Call your surgeon and set up an appointment right away. Be very honest about how you feel. Your surgeon will most likely check back your history and your post-surgical activities to see if any of these caused the complications. If your doctor has indeed confirmed a problem, try to keep an open mind and make sure you get offered a solution.
Be objective about your case. Do not let your anger, fear, and emotions interfere with your thinking as this will only stress you out even more. Start considering the course of action provided by your surgeon and go from there.
Always seek a second opinion. If there were no complications on the healing but you are still unsatisfied with the results, you may talk to your surgeon again for a second procedure. Some practitioners do not charge revision fees, but facility expenses and anesthetic payments will still be in place.
It is best to look for a second opinion about your case. This will help ease your doubts about another surgery and provide a different perspective about your previous surgeon. It is also the time to think about finding a doctor if it is appropriate to do so.
Contact the state medical board. If you feel that your surgeon has done something inappropriate, you may file a complaint with the state medical board. They will investigate your case, and when negligence is confirmed, the board will take action against the surgeon.
Consider Legal Action. Unfortunately, many patients resort to legal actions. Though it is a step you can consider, this should be your last option. Legal actions can be financially and emotionally draining and time-consuming. So exhaust all possible resolutions before you take this to court.
Every patient has to look into the probable risks involved before going ahead with plastic surgery. By doing so, necrosis, nerve damage and other adverse reactions caused by anesthesia can be prevented. Speak with your surgeon about all of these before setting up a date for the procedure.