Pros and Cons of Plastic Surgery
Rewards of plastic surgery
IMPROVED PSYCHOLOGICAL WELL BEING
ENHANCED HEALTH AND QUALITY OF LIFE
Plastic surgery procedures can enhance health and quality of life. Medically necessary procedures restore function and help patients address impairments. For instance, eyelid surgery can clear the line of vision to enable patients to see properly (in addition to enhancing facial appearance). Breast reconstruction procedures enable women who have faced the scourge of cancer to feel whole again. Tummy tuck surgery can help alleviate diastasis recti (separation of abdominal muscles) and ventral hernia. For patients who are obese, bariatric surgery can offer life-changing benefits and turn their health around. The list goes on and on.
Risks of plastic surgery
Despite its many advantages, plastic surgery has its fair share of social and psychological risks. It is not uncommon for patients who have undergone a cosmetic procedure to become the subject of gossip within their close social circle. You may personally feel dissatisfied with your new look and your partner may have a certain opinion about the changes you have made. These and other factors can negatively influence your psychological health and leave you feeling awful. Plastic surgeons recommend that you have someone to talk about your feelings and reach out for professional help if need be.
Like any other surgical procedure, plastic surgery comes with intrinsic health risks. People are often worried about visible scarring and disfigurement. Some of the most common surgical risks and complications of plastic surgery include the following:
- Infection – your treatment area may become infected.
- Excessive bleeding – uncontrolled bleeding during or after surgery may lead to hemorrhage and put your life at risk.
- Blood clots – blood clots during recovery could put your overall health at risk.
- Tissue death – in some cases, patients could suffer from tissue death at the treatment areas.
- Delayed healing – we all heal at different rates depending on our overall health and our body’s unique capabilities. It is not common for some patients to take longer than necessary to fully recover from their treatment.
- Anesthesia risks – anesthesia used during plastic surgery may result in unwanted side effects such as shock, allergic reactions, respiratory failure, cardiac arrest, coma, and even death.
- Loss of sensation – depending on the type of procedures, some patients may experience changes in sensation.
- Need for revision surgery – you may be dissatisfied with the outcome of your initial surgery, necessitating a revision procedure.