Complications of Cosmetic Surgery
The number of people seeking cosmetic surgery is on the rise. Pressure from society to look a certain way or to stay a certain age can be intense, while cosmetic surgery centers spring up in office building and strip malls across the country. Advertisements for these procedures are alluring and full of the promise of youth, beauty, and restoration. While these procedures promise perfection, serious injuries as a result of complications from cosmetic surgery are becoming all to frequent.
Cosmetic Surgery in Demand
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the consumer demand for cosmetic surgery has been steadily increasing. Over 15.6 million cosmetic surgeries were performed in the United States last year alone and it’s not only women seeking to improve on nature through these procedures; the number of men seeking cosmetic surgery has also been on the rise for the last 10 years.
The decision to undertake cosmetic surgery is highly personal, as are the reasons people have for getting it. Factors that go into making this very important and personal decision may include:
- Societal pressure and idealized images of the male and female form.
- Stereotypes related to aging and the desire to maintain a youthful appearance.
- Pressure to fit in or succeed in a certain profession in which appearance is highly prized, such as models and actors.
- The need for restorative surgery to correct scars and disfigurement caused by accidents, injury, or as the result of illness and disease.
In addition to the amount of cosmetic surgeries performed, the sheer variety of cosmetic surgical procedures has also increased. From minimally invasive enhancements, such as Botox, chemical peels, and laser procedures, to invasive surgical procedures for breast implants, liposuction, and facelifts, plastic surgery is a booming market. Due to the variety of outpatient treatments, decreases in healing times, and the availability of discounted procedures and payment plans, cosmetic surgical procedures have become more accessible and affordable to an increasing number of people.
Potential Complications from Cosmetic Surgery
While cosmetic surgery has provided positive results for many people, there are an alarming amount of complications that can arise when these procedures don’t go as planned. The potential for serious negative impacts as a result of cosmetic surgery range from infections to disfigurement and even death. On one website, the National Health Institute shares some disturbing facts on the health risks associated with cosmetic surgery. Common complications associated with cosmetic surgery include scarring, blood clotting, allergic reactions, and dangerous drops in blood pressure. Additionally, there are the general risks associated with the anesthesia that comes along with liposuction, breast augmentation, and other surgically invasive techniques.
Aside from the health risks, there is also the risk that your surgery won’t come out as planned. Hardening of tissue, uneven tone and blotching, misshapen appearance and drooping of features can all turn your dreams of beauty and perfection into a plastic surgery nightmare.
Contact Us for Help with Cosmetic Surgery Complications
If you’ve suffered health complications as a result of undergoing a cosmetic surgery procedure, or if your procedure didn’t turn out the way your plastic surgeon promised, contact Anastopoulo Law Firm and speak with an experienced South Carolina medical malpractice attorney. We will assess your case and help you determine if you can get compensation. The injuries suffered as the result of complication from cosmetic surgery can be severe, and the damages can last a lifetime. Call us today and get the compensation you deserve.