Plastic surgery complications

Alternate Title

Cosmetic surgery complications

Synonyms

Blood clots, blood loss, bruising, disfiguration, excessive scars, infection, numbness, pigmentation, plastic surgery adverse effects, plastic surgery side effects, scar tissue, seroma, skin death, skin discoloration, tissue death.

Background

Plastic surgery is defined as a medical procedure that is performed to change the appearance of the body. As with any medical procedure, such as plastic surgery, there is a chance that undesired side effects or complications may occur.

Some individuals are more likely to experience side effects from plastic surgery than others. Factors influencing a person's likelihood of experiencing side effects from plastic surgery include genetic factors as well as lifestyle factors. A negative reaction by the immune system to a plastic surgery implant is an example of a genetic factor. Smoking is an example of a lifestyle factor. To varying degrees, these factors may impact the likelihood of developing undesired side effects.

To reduce the chances of undesired side effects of plastic surgery, it is important that patients only allow doctors that have received certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) to perform the procedures. The ABPS provides a list of certified doctors to individuals who complete a free registration on the website. In addition, the doctor should have the patient sign a form that documents informed consent. By signing an informed consent form, the patient documents that they have discussed the benefits as well as risks of the plastic surgery procedure with the plastic surgeon. Patients should never sign an informed consent form until all of their questions have been answered, and they completely understand the possible risks and benefits of the procedure.

The patient should also openly and honestly discuss all aspects of their lifestyle and medical history. The doctor may ask about habits of smoking, drinking, and use of illegal drugs. Doctors usually want to know all of the prescription medications, over the counter drugs, herbs, diet pills, and supplements a person is taking, including those that are used without a prescription, as these products may interact with the drugs and materials used in plastic surgery and may increase the patient's likelihood of experiencing undesired complications or side effects. Because doctors do not always ask about the herbs, diet pills, and supplements a person is taking, patients should communicate this information if not asked. In most cases, patients should make absolutely sure that they are not pregnant before undergoing plastic surgery because some of the drugs that are safe for the mother may seriously harm the fetus.

Patients should follow the doctor's directions before, during, and after the procedure. Certain medications and levels of exercise may need to be changed before and after the procedure.

Patients should always keep in touch with their doctors after the procedure. Generally, patients have at least one follow up appointment after their plastic surgery. Patients should try to not miss any follow up appointments. If an appointment has to be missed, then patients should always reschedule rather than cancel.

Patients should understand that there is always a possibility that their bodies will not respond well to plastic surgery. Short-term side effects, such as swelling of the area, may occur. Some patients may experience long-term or permanent side effects, such as scarring or discoloration of the area. Also, patients should have reasonable expectations of how their appearance may change in desired and undesired ways after the procedure. Many plastic surgery complications are unavoidable and may occur even under ideal circumstances.

Plastic surgery is defined as a medical procedure that is performed to change the appearance of the body. As with any medical procedure, such as plastic surgery, there is a chance that undesired side effects or complications may occur.

Some individuals are more likely to experience side effects from plastic surgery than others. Factors influencing a person's likelihood of experiencing side effects from plastic surgery include genetic factors as well as lifestyle factors. A negative reaction by the immune system to a plastic surgery implant is an example of a genetic factor. Smoking is an example of a lifestyle factor. To varying degrees, these factors may impact the likelihood of developing undesired side effects.

To reduce the chances of undesired side effects of plastic surgery, it is important that patients only allow doctors that have received certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) to perform the procedures. The ABPS provides a list of certified doctors to individuals who complete a free registration on the website. In addition, the doctor should have the patient sign a form that documents informed consent. By signing an informed consent form, the patient documents that they have discussed the benefits as well as risks of the plastic surgery procedure with the plastic surgeon. Patients should never sign an informed consent form until all of their questions have been answered, and they completely understand the possible risks and benefits of the procedure.

The patient should also openly and honestly discuss all aspects of their lifestyle and medical history. The doctor may ask about habits of smoking, drinking, and use of illegal drugs. Doctors usually want to know all of the prescription medications, over the counter drugs, herbs, diet pills, and supplements a person is taking, including those that are used without a prescription, as these products may interact with the drugs and materials used in plastic surgery and may increase the patient's likelihood of experiencing undesired complications or side effects. Because doctors do not always ask about the herbs, diet pills, and supplements a person is taking, patients should communicate this information if not asked. In most cases, patients should make absolutely sure that they are not pregnant before undergoing plastic surgery because some of the drugs that are safe for the mother may seriously harm the fetus.

Patients should follow the doctor's directions before, during, and after the procedure. Certain medications and levels of exercise may need to be changed before and after the procedure.

Patients should always keep in touch with their doctors after the procedure. Generally, patients have at least one follow up appointment after their plastic surgery. Patients should try to not miss any follow up appointments. If an appointment has to be missed, then patients should always reschedule rather than cancel.

Patients should understand that there is always a possibility that their bodies will not respond well to plastic surgery. Short-term side effects, such as swelling of the area, may occur. Some patients may experience long-term or permanent side effects, such as scarring or discoloration of the area. Also, patients should have reasonable expectations of how their appearance may change in desired and undesired ways after the procedure. Many plastic surgery complications are unavoidable and may occur even under ideal circumstances.


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