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7 Common Ways That Plastic Surgery Can Go Wrong

By George Khoury, Esq. | Last updated on

There are countless reasons people choose to get plastic or cosmetic surgery. Sometimes it stems from vanity, sometimes it's to cover up scars or conditions that make a person insecure or subject to ridicule, and sometimes it's for conditions related to a person's health. Whatever the reason for getting plastic surgery, it is no different than any other medical procedure in that there are risks involved.

Below are some of the common ways plastic surgery can go wrong.

1. You Just Don't Like the Result

When people go under the knife for vanity purposes, there is a very real risk that the result will not be aesthetically pleasing to them. Oftentimes a person just thinks they need the cosmetic surgery to combat superficial insecurities, but even after the surgery, the insecurities continue to exist or become focused on a different part of the body.

When opting for cosmetic surgery, be very sure that it isn't just an attempt to solve a body image issue that would be better solved via therapy or counseling.

2. Adverse Physical Reactions to Surgery

Like any surgery or medical procedure, plastic surgery carries the risk of having an adverse physical reaction to the procedure. Blood can collect under the skin, infections can occur, and nearby organs or body parts can be damaged.

3. Anesthesia Is a Danger All on Its Own

Among one of the most common dangers for any surgical procedure is simply the anesthesia. Anytime a person is put completely under, there is a significant risk involved just from the anesthesia alone.

4. Infections

Like anesthesia, infections are a common danger for any surgical procedure. Infections can occur even if a person is hyper-diligent in keeping a wound clean. Additionally, infections can be fatal.

5. Scarring

While plastic and cosmetic surgery's goal is to improve a person's appearance, sometimes scarring can be more prominent than expected. In a small percentage of breast augmentations, hypertrophic scarring can occur. This is where the scar becomes thick and red, and is raised up rather than flush with the skin.

6. Burst, Bent and Broken Implants

While the FDA may have concluded that silicone breast implants are safe, they also found that one in five women will need to have them removed or surgically adjusted or replaced within 10 years. It is recommended that women with silicone implants have them checked regularly every two years.

7. Capsular Contraction

One common side effect for people who get implants is capsular contraction, which is a hardening of the area around an implant. This can lead to pain and discomfort as well as create asymmetries or distortions in appearance.

If you have been harmed as a result of plastic surgery, you may be able seek legal remedies. Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer right away to find out if you have a case.

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