Cosmetic surgery, like any surgical procedure, has its share of therapeutic risks for our health. Yes, when you want to proceed with this kind of surgery, it’s not like going to a simple beauty salon! This is a radical decision that will probably put our lives in danger. And according to experts in the field, there is no such thing as zero risk surgery.
THE CONSEQUENCES OF ANESTHESIA
Like any other surgical procedure, cosmetic surgery obviously requires anesthesia. In most operations, regardless of the specialty, the patient will not be immune to the anesthetic risk. To be more precise, it is the anaesthesia during the pre-anaesthetic consultation, a compulsory step of course, which exposes patients to various risks. Normally, there are two types of anaesthesia proposed by the surgeon, namely local anaesthesia and general anaesthesia which presents more risks than the previous one (nausea and vomiting, lung infection, awareness of the operation, severe allergy, respiratory insufficiency, accident due to equipment failure, death…). As far as local anaesthesia is concerned, even if its risks of complications are minimal, it still exposes the patient to certain dangers such as allergies, rhythm disorders, cardiorespiratory insufficiency, feeling of weakness, coma.
THE RISKS OF HAEMORRHAGE AND INFECTION
Normally, when the surgeon performs a cosmetic surgery operation, he or she has to cut certain blood vessels. The blood is obviously released! Therefore, if the patient’s cardiovascular health is failing (varicose vein, history of clot, etc.), this is where the risk of bleeding will appear! The doctor will then have difficulty controlling the coagulation of the blood vessels. Moreover, the success of a surgery depends on a whole range of factors and is not limited to the state of health of the area to be operated on. There are certain factors that can boost the risk of serious complications, including microbes that can penetrate the patient’s skin at any time. In this case, the patient will be exposed to the risk of infection.
SCARRING RISKS AS WELL AS POST-OPERATIVE DISCOMFORT
After cosmetic surgery, visible scars are inevitable and permanent. Yes, there is no turning back! What’s more, the scarring can last for years and years. Throughout the healing period, the scar will change in appearance before reaching its final shape. During all this time, the patient will not necessarily be safe from the risk of scarring. At any time, an infection could disrupt everything, since the healing capacity can vary from one patient to another. In addition, there are also post-operative discomforts. Of course, every patient undergoing a plastic surgery operation will never be able to escape the pain and swelling of the operated area. Patients may also not be able to tolerate the implanted products, in this case breast implants, prostheses, injected substances etc…