Dangers of Cosmetic Surgery
Many people decide on having plastic surgery after they've seen the results on someone else. Television shows like Dr. 90210 and Extreme Makeover have lead to a rise in the number of people seeking plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. But these shows do not make it clear that surgery is not for everyone. While plastic surgery may seem quick and easy, there are dangers to cosmetic surgery that should be considered before even contacting a surgeon to arrange a surgery consultation.
The dangers of cosmetic surgery are not as great as they once were, and in fact, most people come through their procedures without any ill effects. However, there are certain things you should know about that can happen when having any surgery. If you are under the age of 18, going under the knife for plastic surgery may not be a good idea. Your body has not yet matured to its final shape. So if you're thinking about rhinoplasty or breast augmentation because you're dissatisfied with the way you look now – wait. There are more risks of ending up with a result you're not happy with if you're under 18.
For everyone, there are a few common dangers to cosmetic surgery that your surgeon should tell you about. Every time you have a surgery, there is a chance that you could have a reaction to the anesthesia used to put you to sleep for the procedure. While this is relatively rare, it can be life-threatening and even deadly. You could also have other complications with reactions to drugs you are given – such as pain relievers and antibiotics.
Another danger of plastic surgery is scarring. While doctors try to do their best to minimize any scars that may arise from your surgery, there is no foolproof way to make your body heal correctly. Some people will get scars and even keloids (overgrowth of tissue in the incision area) from their plastic surgery, and there may be no way to correct it. You may also get blood clots in your surgery area. These can cause problems which can be minor, such as blemishes and bruising, up to major – the clot can break away from the surgery site and become lodged in your lungs, causing you to stop breathing.
It's very important to take into consideration all of the dangers of cosmetic surgery before you go under the knife. Make sure that you're positive that the benefits of surgery outweigh the risks, and know the limitations of your body and the surgeon before consenting to surgery.