As of 2013, 11 million patients have undergone a plastic or cosmetic surgery procedure. There are many reasons why people are going under the knife to alter their body. These reasons include unforeseen accidents or to further enhance a person’s features. Plastic surgery can be a reconstructive procedure or a cosmetic procedure.
By definition, plastic surgery is as a medical specialty that is focused on restoring and correcting the form and function of body parts. Although most people associate cosmetic surgery as plastic surgery itself, as mentioned above, plastic surgery is not necessarily all about cosmetics. Plastic surgery can include many types of reconstructive surgery procedures such as microsurgery, reconstructive surgery, craniofacial surgery, burn treatment or hand surgery. Plastic surgery can be a standalone reconstructive procedure, a standalone cosmetic procedure or it can be both.
Reasons for undergoing plastic surgery include:
Accidents and direct trauma can leave many people deformed or scarred. Lab experiments gone wrong, car accidents, burns, animal bites, sports injuries and workplace accidents can result in painful injuries.
2. Congenital Defects
Congenital defects like ear deformities, cleft lips, bone deformities can cause a child physical and emotional distress while growing up. Reconstructive surgery can bring back the natural form and function of the deformed body part as the child grows.
3. Certain Cancers
Reconstructive surgeries like mastectomy can help breast cancer patients. Doing this procedure will help to stop the spread of cancer to the body and it also helps the patient’s psychological trauma.
4. Vanity And Enhancing Self-esteem
This is one of the most popular reasons for getting cosmetic surgery. People in first world countries especially are ensuring cosmetic surgery remains a booming business. In 2013, 11 million patients in the United States went under the knife for different cosmetic surgery procedures. Most of these patients wanted to slow down the signs of physical aging. Face lifts, tummy tucks, liposuction, eyelid surgery, breast enhancements, butt lifts and nose jobs are some of the most popular procedures happening today. Non surgical cosmetic procedures include Botox, laser peeling, laser hair removal and laser scar removal.
5. Extreme Weight Loss
Any individual who has experienced extreme weight loss will have lots of excess skin. Plastic surgery can remove excess skin to correct the appearance of stretched skin.
10 Plastic Surgery Fails
We all know that, like any other surgery, plastic surgery involves certain risks and complications. Plus we’ve all heard horror stories of heart attacks and fatal blood clots occuring during or after a plastic surgery procedure. Many Hollywood celebrities have fallen victim to such failed or botched plastic surgery procedures, but more often than not, most people never find out about all of the different ways a plastic or cosmetic procedure can go horribly wrong. In most cases these issues are not the surgeon’s fault at all. You have to understand that plastic surgery is an intensive type of surgery and no matter how skilled and experienced the surgeon is, complications and other side effects can happen. There are many reasons why a plastic surgery procedure might fail. A patient may not be carefully following post surgery care and allergic reactions might occur due to certain medications. The patients overall health, age and race can also have an affect on how well the surgery goes. Plastic surgery might fail in one of these ways:
1. Bad Scarring
Most patients of breast lifts or tummy tucks believe that the skill and experience of the surgeon will determine how bad or how good the post surgery scar is. But according to many plastic surgeons and other medical experts, it is actually the patient’s genetics that determine how the scar will look. The surgeon may do the exact same procedure on two patients, but their healing and scarring will differ from each other. People with a darker complexion tend to have more visible scars and are more prone to Keloids.
2. Not Doing Your Research On The Surgeons Credentilas And Specialization
In Australia, it is legal for a general practitioner to do surgery if it is called for but they don’t have the training and qualification to do intensive procedures like plastic surgery. The surgeon should have the correct qualifications, board certifications, and specialization to perform any type of intensive surgery. You don’t want your dentist doing a liposuction, do you?
3. Unwanted Fats Or Cellulite Appearing In New Places After Liposuction
It’s a common misconception that if a patient gets liposuction in one area of the body, the fat will move to another part of the body. This is not true, as stated by many medical experts and plastic surgeons. Fat doesn’t move to any other part of the body. Fat cells in the thighs will always remain in the thighs, while fat cells in the stomach will always stay in the stomach area, and so on. But if a liposuction patient gained 15 pounds after the procedure, fat cells will grow in areas that were not part of the liposuction procedure.
Risk of infection after the cosmetic procedure is less than 1%, as taking antibiotics helps to reduce the chances of developing infections. But if infection does occur, it can become very serious. It doesn’t help if the patient is a smoker, is taking steroids or is not following the post surgery care ordered by their doctor. The longer the surgery, the higher the risk of infection.
5. Nerve Damage And Numbness
Cases have been reported where some nerves get damaged or severed during procedures. The result is pretty obvious, especially if it’s a facial nerve. When a facial nerve gets damaged, facial expressions will be limited or there can be drooping of the mouth and eyes.
6. The Wide Breast Gap
Just take a look at the “Beverly Hills 90210” alumni. It can be argued the cast of the popular TV show are topping the worst plastic surgery list across the internet because of their drooping and widely gapped breast implants. Some people blame the plastic surgeon for this but some plastic surgeons have reported that it’s not a result of a botched procedure, some people just happened to have a naturally wide breastbone.
7. Your Cigarette Habit
If you’re a heavy smoker, chances are your surgeon will not go ahead with the procedure. Chain smokers have low oxygen content in their blood, which will result in poor healing or necrosis.
8. Not Telling Your Surgeon About Your Supplements
Not many realize that dietary supplements can affect how the patient’s body will react to anesthesia and how some of these supplements actually thin the blood, increasing chances of hemorrhaging. Some diet pills and over the counter stimulants can cause cardiac arrest. Not telling your surgeon about any supplements you’re taking is a big mistake and can be very dangerous.
9. Plastic Surgery Is Not Cheap
Although not all procedures are super expensive, going for cheap alternative will ensure that your surgery fails in the future. It can also be life threatening. There are many reasons why plastic surgery procedures are expensive, but when the economy is bad, some surgeons will cut their fees to acquire more patients. However, if you hear that a surgeon dramatically reduced his price, be cautious about going to see them because who knows what corners they might be cutting for such a low price.
10. Not Fixing A Botch Primary Procedure
If you have a botched primary plastic surgery procedure and you don’t fix it, it will just create more problems down the road. It will also give you a mountain of physical and emotional stress. The cost of a secondary procedure may be more expensive and may be more painful because the surgeon will be operating on scar tissues which have poor blood supply. An experienced plastic surgeon will be the best to handle such cases because it has become an advanced reconstructive surgery procedure.
The patient has the ability to lower the chances of complications and the failure of their surgical procedure. One of the best methods to reduce the risk is to choose a plastic surgeon who is board certified, qualified, skilled, experienced and who performs the procedure wisely. Making some lifestyle changes can also help reduce the chances of failure. Overall health is important before and after the surgery because this will help the patient to heal faster and go back to a normal life faster.