Injuries that may result from plastic surgery

What sets plastic surgery apart from other forms of surgery done in Missouri is that plastic surgery is often viewed as an elective and unnecessary procedure. However, the fact remains that plastic surgery, no matter the motivation behind it, should be conducted with the appropriate care or serious personal injury may result. According to Heathline, there are a number of health problems that can result from plastic surgery, and it is important to be aware of them.

It is not uncommon for surgeries to result in a level of scarring, a fact many people accept when they go into surgery. However, plastic surgery is intended to improve one’s appearance, so the presence of scars can be distressing if the patient is not informed beforehand of the risks. For instance, a small number of breast augmentation surgeries leave an unusually thick, red scar known as a hypertrophic scar.

Some people use plastic surgery for liposuction, hoping that it can reduce body weight. However, liposuction does carry risks for a person's internal organs. When a surgical instrument contacts an internal organ, the device may cause visceral puncturing or perforation. If an organ suffers injury, the patient may need another surgery to repair the damage. There is even the chance that perforating an organ could result in the death of the patient.

Seromas, which resemble big blisters on the skin, can also be an issue. Sermoas happen when blood serum gathers underneath your skin, the result of damage to blood vessels. While just about any operation can produce a seroma, a tummy tuck is much more likely to create them. Aside from the pain they produce, seromas can invite infections, which is why doctors have to drain them with a needle before worse health problems result.

Very Well Health also warns that plastic surgery, if not done carefully, may result in damage to a person’s nerves. The consequences of nerve damage vary in severity. Some people may experience numbness or a tingling. More severely, a patient may become weak in certain limbs or have paralysis in muscles. Generally, most nerve damage heals within a period of time, but if the nerve is severed during surgery, the damage will be permanent without an additional corrective surgery.

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