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Plastic Surgery Complications

Things to Consider Before Having Plastic Surgery


Updated September 14, 2011

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After a lot of thinking, you’ve finally decided to take the plunge into the world of plastic surgery. And while most of the time things go very smoothly, there are possible complications that can occur from plastic surgery. It is crucial that you go into surgery fully informed of the possible complications.

  • Infection After Plastic Surgery
  • What exactly is an "infection" and who is at risk for one? How can you tell if you have an infection? Learn the answers to these questions as well as many others regarding infection after plastic surgery.

  • Nerve Damage After Plastic Surgery
  • Learn about one of the most feared complications after plastic surgery - nerve damage.

  • Bad Plastic Surgery
  • What exactly is "bad plastic surgery?" It’s more than just looking like you've had plastic surgery! Learn all about the common complications following plastic surgery.

  • Possible Complications After an Otoplasty
  • Thinking about having your ears pinned back? It’s a procedure that can make a huge difference in a person’s appearance. Although otoplasty is not considered a major procedure, it is important to know what can go wrong afterwards.

  • Possible Complications After a Skin Graft
  • Skin grafting is a wonderful reconstructive procedure. Hopefully you’ll never need a skin graft, but if you do, here are some things to know about possible complications.

  • Possible Complications After Liposuction
  • Liposuction is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures. Many people go into it with ideas of being "Barbie skinny" afterwards. While it can be the panacea for people who or at or near their ideal weight but can’t seem to get rid of those trouble spots, there are also some pitfalls that can occur with liposuction.

  • Complications After Reconstructive Surgery with Flaps
  • If you’ve been told you need a flap reconstruction, you are likely no longer within the realms of elective surgery. Flap reconstruction can be a lifesaving procedure. It usually goes quite successfully; however, there are occasional complications.

  • Plastic Surgery and the Risks of Anesthesia
  • Many people are more afraid of anesthesia than the actual procedure. You should know that anesthesia is actually quite safe – some say even safer than crossing a road! But as with anything, it is important to know both the good and the bad.

  • Smoking and Plastic Surgery
  • By now, it’s been drilled into our heads that smoking is not good for you. This is particularly true if you’re undergoing a plastic surgery procedure. Smoking can ruin a perfectly good procedure that would have had a beautiful outcome.

  • Herbal Supplements and Plastic Surgery
  • Prescription and over-the-counter drugs are not the only medications that can cause complications. Herbal supplements can wreak havoc, too. Learn about the possible complications of herbal supplements.

  • The Emotional Aftermath of Plastic Surgery
  • While enough cannot be said about the psychological benefits of plastic surgery, it is important to note that some people may experience an initial negative emotional response. Seeing a new nose on your face, enhanced breasts on your once flat chest or a more streamlined figure after years of dealing with hanging skin can throw even the most stable person for a loop. Adjusting to a new you can take some time. This is totally normal.

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