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What Are the Most Dangerous Plastic Surgery Procedures?

By Christopher Coble, Esq. on December 07, 2016 10:58 AM

Most plastic surgeons are competent, compassionate, and careful. And the vast majority of plastic surgeries are successful and injury-free. But, like any surgery, cosmetic operations have risks, and can go wrong.

So are there procedures that are more risky than others? And if so, which plastic surgeries are the most dangerous?

1. Facial Reconstruction

One of the biggest health risks from plastic surgery is nerve damage, and few places on the body have more nerve endings than the face. Facelift patients could experience numbness, loss of motion, or dropping of facial features from cheek, forehead, or neck lift procedures.

Additionally, any procedure near the eye can do catastrophic damage. Eyelid lifts can result in optic nerve damage or blindness if not performed perfectly. Even nose jobs are risky, and patients may experience difficulty breathing or recurrent nosebleeds.

2. Liposuction and Tummy Tucks

Yes they are the most common cosmetic procedures, but abdominal surgeries can be some of the most dangerous, based primarily on the area and the organs involved. Tummy tucks can run the risk of seronoma (excessive build-up of fluid), internal bleeding, and tissue necrosis. And liposuction near the abdomen can involve serious blood clots, perforations in the stomach wall, and fat clogs near the lung.

Also, like any other surgery, these invasive cosmetic procedures can run the risk of infection or complications from anesthesia.

3. Butt Implants or Injections

It's just my rear end, you're thinking, how much damage could surgery do? Quite a lot, as it turns out. Any implant procedure will carry risk of infection, bleeding, and implant rupture or migration. But gluteal surgeries can also create increased sciatic nerve pressure (which can be especially painful), and unlicensed silicone butt injections have proved fatal.

Any surgery carries risks. If your surgeon did not tell you about known risks, or you think he or she performed your surgery incompetently, contact an experienced attorney today.

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