The Dangers of Plastic Surgery
confession by the French beauty Emmanuelle Béart
enhancement of her pout and the problems associated with it,
has once again brought into limelight - how erroneously women
view their physical being and are ready to go under the knife in
the hope to get that media projected perfect
look. She had got the botched job done at 27, went on to say
" If a man or woman has something redone it is because he or she
can no longer live with that part of their body, it is no longer
bearable. Either they get help and find the strength to fight
[the need to have plastic surgery] or they proceed with the
act." She added: ‘It is a grave act in which you don’t
necessarily foresee all the consequences.'
Last year, the most famous victim of the quest for better
buttocks was former Miss Argentina Solange Magnano, 38. The
mother of two died in Buenos Aires after a legal operation
believed to have involved buttock implants and injections.
facelift can lead to your eyes or mouth not opening and closing
properly. Absence of lower eyelid resting against the eyeball can result
after facial surgery.
Breast implants might result in oddly shaped breasts. And
post-surgical infection is a risk, as is severe psychiatric injury.
Cosmetic surgery is and can be clearly potentially dangerous. If things go
wrong someone can end up disfigured or even dead.
Teenagers are on the rise in the list of those looking for body enhancement.
They often have plastic surgery to improve physical characteristics, they feel
are awkward or flawed, that if left uncorrected, may affect them well into
adulthood. According to American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
statistics, nearly 219,000 cosmetic plastic surgery procedures were performed on
people age 13-19 in 2010.
Before you decide to undergo plastic surgery, make sure you do your share of
job and are well informed about the risks and dangers involved in the surgery.
Ask yourself "Do I really need to do this? How weird is the body part that
needs enhancement? and so on... If you are still not convinced check out this
article, not as a source of discouragement but an eye opener.
Hematoma or Unexpected Bleeding: A hematoma is an abnormal,
localized collection of clotted blood, bound to occur if the patient has
high blood pressure. One of the most common complications following a
facelift, hematomas are not life threatening, easily corrected, and rarely
interfere with final results if addressed by a plastic surgeon within 24
hours. Blood vessels are like plumbing. If the blood pressure shoots there
is a chance of bleeding in and around the vessels at the surgery site. The
site of hematoma can present a firm appearance with the color of overlaying
turning blue or purple. Although it tends to dissolve once the body's anti
clotting mechanism gets into action. In case the condition remains status
quo and hematoma continues to grow, it can compress the surrounding tissues
and disrupt the flow of oxygen through blood, from circulating around that
area. This may lead to numbness, swelling, inflammation and skin death. An
immediate attention or perhaps a surgery is required to take out the
coagulated blood. Moreover, presence of large
hematoma can increase the risks of other problems like infection, wound
separation, and necrosis. A facelift can lead to a haematoma, or blood clot
under the skin, which in 2% to 3% of patients can be dangerous if left
Asymmetry in the Surgical Area: A range of normal to
several asymmetries can occur, especially in case of breast
augmentation and liposuction of hips & thighs. Moderate to
severe can most likely be corrected with a second surgery. Mild
asymmetry is considered a normal result.
Nerve Damage Leading to Muscle Paralysis: Nerve damage can occur
with any plastic surgery procedure. Injury occurs if nerves are stretched,
cut, or cauterized.
damage includes the spectrum from sensory nerve deficits (numbness and
tingling sensation) to motor nerve deficits (weakness or paralysis of
certain muscles). If a nerve is severely damaged, the effects may be
reduction surgery there is always a small chance of damaging the lower
branch of the facial nerve that controls the lower
lip. When damaged, patients experience loss of sensation and motor
function in the affected area. If this nerve is cut, it can result in a
temporary or permanent lower lip asymmetry. However, if the nerve is simply
stretched, normal function will return in six to eight weeks.
Seroma: A deposit of clear fluid that sometimes develops in
the body after surgery such as liposuction, tummy tuck or breast
augmentation. Typically, a drain is inserted in the affected
area along and whenever possible, compression. In some
instances, this doesn’t work and further treatments are
Healing: Post surgery healing depends on your age,
skin type, and a number of other factors beyond anybody’s
control. These factors need to be taken under consideration
especially if you are undergoing surgery for an awaited event
in your life, e.g. marriage, school reunion etc. Delayed wound
healing may increase the risk of infection, extrusion, and
necrosis. Depending on the type of surgery or the incision,
wound healing time may vary. Smoking may interfere with the
healing process. Nicotine is the root cause of the decreased
blood supply in that it causes constriction of the capillaries
and small blood vessels that feed the skin with its required
oxygen. You should contact your surgeon immediately if your
wound does not heal within the period of time he or she has
discussed with you.
Pneumonia: Aspiration pneumonia is caused by fluid entering the
lungs, causing a blockage. This can happen when food or vomit enters the
lungs from the mouth. After having a tummy tuck, it is very important to
watch for chest pains when taking a deep breath, difficulty swallowing and
shortness of breath.
Scarring: Extensive scarring is a possible complication of breast
augmentation. Scarring is the result of the body's attempt to heal the site
of a cut. When the body heals from surgery an overabundance of collagen is
produced, which forms a scar. This production of collagen is kept in check
by an enzyme aptly named collagenase that melts collagen away. During the
initial healing process the interaction of these substances determine the
nature and extent of scarring. Excessive scarring can result due to the role
of genetics, specific medical conditions, and overall health. These factors
need to considered prior to surgery. Smoking before and after breast
augmentation, as with virtually every surgical procedure, reduces the body's
ability to heal properly and quickly, so patients who smoke are encouraged
to quit smoking before the procedure at least until the wound has fully
Depression: Teenagers and women go in for plastic surgery with
high expectations. It’s important to understand that while plastic surgery
can bring positive rewards, it will not change your life, your problems, or
your relationships. It is also important to understand that there is no such
thing as physical “perfection”. If the results do not turn out the desired
way it can be disheartening or even devastating for some patients.
Anesthesia Risks: Complications from anesthesia, while rare,
include heart palpitations, blood clots, drop in blood pressure, brain
damage, strokes or paralysis. Skilled anesthesiologists will keep risks to a
minimum, but complications can occur, no matter how small the procedure or
how careful the medical team.
If you decide to go for it, choose the best surgeon you can find. Follow his
or her pre- and post-operation instructions to the hilt. All the best & Enjoy
your new look!
Do not let price be the foremost determining factor in choosing a
surgeon. Check credentials and references, ask lots of questions, and be
on the look-out for red flags. Be sure that you go into surgery in the
best health possible by taking care of yourself, and don’t let your
desire for the surgery overshadow any serious health considerations.
Dated 13 March 2012