Side Effects of Cosmetic Surgery

During your initial consultations with the doctor, you should be apprised of the following risks of cosmetic surgery:

  • Infection
  • Blood clots
  • Risks of anesthesia such as shock, allergic reactions, cardiac arrest, respiratory failure, and death
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Internal bleeding
  • Tissue damage and tissue death
  • Pneumonia
  • Numbness or lack of sensation
  • Delayed healing process and recovery
  • Paralysis
  • Nerve damage
  • Damage to internal organs
  • Permanent scarring
  • Dissatisfaction with surgery results
  • Need for second surgery

Depending on a person’s expectations of the surgery there are also risks in terms of emotional and mental health. Surgery will not change your life, and if this is your vision, then you are sure to feel disappointed and dejected. Counseling both before and after your surgery can help you deal with any kind of drastic post surgery change.

Frequently asked questions
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  2. Cosmetic Surgery: The Cutting Edge of Commercial Medicine in America; Janet E. Shepherd, JAMA. 2001;286(7):848-849.doi:10.1001/jama.286.7.848
  3. Cosmetic Surgery: Principles and Practice; Paul W. Greeley, JAMA. 1960;173(12):1392.doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020300104030