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Understanding possible serious injury from plastic surgery


Whether a person in Newton undergoes plastic surgery for cosmetic reasons or for corrective purposes, there is the risk of a surgeon mistake, serious injury, long-term problems and even fatal complications. While those who are preparing for the surgery will sign the required consent forms and realize that there is danger with any surgical procedure, plastic surgery has grown so common that few will consider the real possibility that it can do them damage. Knowing the most frequent complications with plastic surgery can prepare people beforehand and help them know what to look for after the procedure.

For example, a hematoma looks like a large bruise and happens in between 1 and 6 percent of breast augmentations. It can be so severe that in some cases more procedures need to be done in order to drain the blood. Nerve damage can also occur, evidencing itself by tingling or numbness. Medical professionals will take steps to prevent this, but there can be a skin infection in around 2 to 4 percent of women who undergo a breast augmentation. They might need antibiotics as a result.

More serious problems like deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) can also happen. DVT is a blood clot in the deep veins, often in the leg. They can break off and go to the lungs causing PE. This can be fatal. Those who are having cosmetic surgery and do so for appearances might face scarring they didn't anticipate. This happens in 2 to 5 percent of breast augmentations. There could be damage to the patient's organs. While the surgery is being done, there could be a visceral perforation or puncture. This can make extra surgeries necessary to repair the damage and can also be fatal.

Anesthesia problems can also happen. Being placed under anesthetic is always dangerous with the possibility of infections, strokes and heart attacks. Seroma is the pooling of blood beneath the skin's surface. It results in swelling and pain and can resemble a large blister. This generally needs to be drained through a needle. As with any surgery, there can be a loss of blood. If the blood loss is uncontrolled, it can lead to lower blood pressure and even death.

Considering the potential problems that can occur after plastic surgery, it is imperative that those who are confronted with them understand their rights to seek compensation. It may help to seek advice regarding filing a lawsuit before proceeding

Source: healthline.com, "The 10 Most Common Plastic Surgery Complications," accessed on Aug. 25, 2015

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