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Risks of Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic surgery has a low rate of complications among surgeons who are board certified. It is important for patients to know that every surgery carries risk and the individuals health and lifestyle may also play a role in the potential surgery complications. Be sure to discuss the potential procedure risks with your cosmetic surgeon so are fully informed before electing to proceed with your surgery. Complications are rare but they do occur for most surgery types. Modern procedure techniques have reduced the amount of risks however if you have certain health conditions, such as diabetes, there may be a higher chance of complications during surgery.

Cosmetic Surgery Risks

Some of the possible complications include:

- abnormal heart rhythm
- airway obstruction
- blood clots
- brain damage
- death
- heart attack
- malignant hyperthermia
- nerve damage
- stroke
- temporary paralysis

There are also general risks associated with every surgery which include:

- Skin Death or Necrosis
- Asymmetry
- Slow Healing: due to age, skin type, or failure to follow doctor's advice
- Numbness and loss of sensation
- Irregularities, dimples, puckers, and divots
- Seroma: fluid can collect under the skin

Your surgeon may ask you to stop medications before your surgery as they can promote bleeding. Your doctor may also require you to obtain medical clearance from your primary care physician to ensure your safety during the surgery.

The surgeon should give you specific before & after surgery instructions that are carefully designed to minimize your risk of surgery complications. In order to minimize the risks of cosmetic surgery it is important that you choose an experienced cosmetic surgeon that has a proven track record of success, one that is board certified, and has excellent credentials and patient referrals.

Cosmetic Surgery Risks by Type

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Lip Augmentation Liposuction Male Breast Reduction Male Pectoral Implants
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