Cosmetic Surgery: What You Need to Know About Going Under the Knife

Cosmetic Surgery, more popularly known as plastic surgery, is all the rage these days. Long ago, going under the knife was only for people who were victims of tragic accidents who experienced severe damage in their physical appearance. Nowadays, it's for everyone who wants to get rid of a couple of wrinkles, flabs or any other "flaw" that comes with growing old or gaining weight.

While cosmetic surgery is a method of improving one's physical appearance, it is important to remember that it is not without drawbacks and dangers. Before you go under the knife, be sure that you know what you're getting into. Here are some of the risks involved and factors to consider regarding cosmetic surgery.

Risks Involved with Cosmetic Surgeries
Like with any other form of surgery, there are significant risks involved in a cosmetic surgery. One is anesthesia and sedation complications. During surgery, some patients have serious reactions to the anesthesia or sedation used. Possible complications include abnormal heart rhythm, airway obstruction, blood clot, brain damage, heart attack, malignant hyperthermia, nerve damage, stroke, temporary paralysis, and even death.

Bleeding, which is normal with any surgical procedure, becomes dangerous with excessive amounts. Also, if there is bleeding after the surgery, this can accumulate under the skin and necessitate another surgery. Patients undergoing liposuction in their legs are at higher risk of bleeding and blood clot.

Risks specific to cosmetic surgery include skin death or necrosis, asymmetry, slow healing, numbness or tingling sensation, and seroma. Skin death occurs after infection or hematoma. This is common among people who smoke. Moderate to severe asymmetry requires additional surgery. Slow healing of the sutures may also happen depending on the patient's age, skin type and other external factors. Injury of sensory or motor nerves during the surgery can also result in temporary or permanent loss of sensation. Surgeon errors like irregularities, puckers or divots are also possible. Lastly, fluid can accumulate under the skin after a breast implant, liposuction and tummy tuck. This condition is called seroma.

Other Factors to Consider for Cosmetic Surgeries
Before you decide to undergo a cosmetic surgery, consider your expectations. Remember, going under the knife is not magic. It will improve your appearance but will not make you look perfect. If things go wrong, it is possible to look worse than you've ever had looked before. Don't expect to look like a movie star, to improve your relationship, or to gain friends just because you went to the doctor for a plastic surgery.

Also, you need to look at the expensive cost of this medical procedure. It's definitely not for free and does not come cheap. Also, take note that this is not covered by most insurance plans. The cost of cosmetic surgery varies, depending on the procedure type, doctor, and hospital. More or less, it can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars.

Apart from the risks mentioned earlier, you also have to be concerned about recovery and psychological changes. Recovery can take from days to months and can affect both your personal and professional life. While cosmetic surgery can boost your self-confidence, it is not a cure for depression and other forms of mental health problems.

 


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