Every year in Australia, nearly $1 billion dollars is spent on plastic surgery. This equals roughly 8000 breast augmentations and around 30,000 liposuction procedures! Also common are dermal fillers, anti wrinkle procedures and other similar procedures that change the way that Australians look. Cosmetic surgeons are highly skilled and trained at performing safe medical procedures, but those procedures also have risk associated with them.
What are the physical risks associated with plastic surgery?
As cosmetic surgeons perform more and more plastic surgery and the availability and cost of those surgeries is increasingly more obtainable, more people will choose to undertake the risk of these seemingly minor procedures. However, every medical procedure has quantifiable risks. Botox (which is actually made with a type of botulism), for instance, can cause symptoms like visual impairment, problems speaking, muscle weakness and breathing and swallowing problems. That risk, although minor, should be considered, as it is also one of the most popular types of injectable plastic surgery (Australians spend nearly $350 million yearly). Dermal fillers (mostly made with Hyaluronic acid) have similar potential side effects. The more permanent fillers have more risks, especially if any of the medication makes its way into the blood stream. Both injections are safer than the potential risks associated with the more major plastic surgery, however (rhinoplasty, breast augmentation, liposuction and face-lifts, most commonly).
Due to the potential for more major side effects, new guidelines have been introduced that include a mandatory seven day “cooling off” period for adults considering a major cosmetic surgery, and a mandatory three month “cooling off” period for teenagers considering one. This gives them time to make sure they are making a sound decision and are considering all risks, usually with a cosmetic surgeon. Unfortunately, death or permanent injury is not uncommon. Recently two previously healthy women went into cardiac arrest during breast augmentation plastic surgery and a woman died after developing gangrene after liposuction. All risks should be taken seriously. More details in this post: http://www.ipl-rflaser.com/importance-picking-cosmetic-surgeon-like/
What are the emotional or psychological risks with plastic surgery?
Mental health risks are a serious concern, especially for younger people wanting to undertake plastic surgery. Often people seek out a cosmetic surgeon to fix an issue that is psychological. When the surgery does not remove that feeling, it can deteriorate their mental health further and may feed further into their underlying self esteem issues.
Body dysmorphic disorder, or body dysphoria, is a very real psychological condition. That doesn’t automatically mean the patient will be unable to have surgery, but they should have a complete psychiatric evaluation before being cleared. If it is found that their body image issues would not be helped by surgery, most cosmetic surgeons would turn them down as a patient.
There is also a risk of plastic surgery becoming addictive, leading to a “snow-ball” effect of needing more and more surgery to make the patient feel better.
It is important to thoroughly evaluate each patient both physically and emotionally before considering them seriously for surgery. A quality cosmetic surgeon with seriously consider all risks of plastic surgery before taking on a patient.