Risks of Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic Surgery and Cosmetic Surgery Risks and Complications

All surgery has risks and cosmetic surgery is no different. Understanding the dangers and knowing what you can do to reduce or eliminate them is an important part of a successful
recovery phase. It’s also crucial to remember that, despite having a top ENT surgeon, hospital, and best practice operation and wound care, some issues and surgery risks might occur at any time. Cosmetic surgery is invasive. This means that the surgeon will cut your skin and readjust or remove your tissue. Surgical hazards can range from small to severe, so it’s crucial to talk to your surgeon about the risks specific to your procedure.

General Surgery Risks

The following are some of the general risks that can occur during and after surgery:

  • Risks of General Anesthesia
    • Your anesthetist’s information will be sent to you prior to operation. 
    • This will give you the opportunity to address any specific issues you may have. 
    • The majority of healthy people tolerate general anesthetic well.
  • Bleeding (Hematoma)
    • A collection of blood may form at the surgical site following surgery. 
    • If this happens, you may need to undergo surgery to remove the hematoma or address other potential bleeding issues.
  • Build-Up of Fluid (Seroma)
    • There is a danger of fluid accumulation or the establishment of a seroma.
  • Infection
    • If an infection develops after surgery, your surgeon will prescribe antibiotics as needed and closely monitor your condition.
  • Wound Healing
    • It’s possible that wound healing will be delayed.
    • Patients who are overweight, have underlying health issues such as diabetes, or do not maintain a healthy diet are more likely to experience this.
    • It’s also present in smokers and places where an illness has taken hold.
    • Your surgeon and nurse coordinator will oversee your recovery process and if there is a delay in wound healing, they will be able to take the appropriate steps.
  • Scarring 
    • Every procedure leaves a scar.
    • Following surgery, your surgeon may be recommend Fraxel Laser scar treatments to reduce scarring.

More Serious and Lift Threatening Risks

Deep Vein Thrombosis

DVT (deep vein thrombosis) is a life threatening disorder.

It happens when a blood clot forms in a deep vein in the body, usually in the thigh or lower leg.

If you feel you are experiencing signs of DVT, you should contact your surgeon as soon as possible so that proper drugs and therapies can be provided.

Risks of Surgical Procedures

There are certain additional hazards associated with surgery that may be relevant to some individuals. Because of the following factors, hazards and probable consequences have a higher risk rate:

  • Genetics
  • Obesity, overweight, or a high BMI can all raise your risks.
  • Allergies, sensitivities, or underlying health issues
  • Substance abuse, as well as lifestyle variables such as smoking, bacteria-infested settings, and poor wound care
  • Smoking might increase the chance of complications at any point throughout your surgery.

Surgical Risks and Smoking

Your general health, including inflammation levels, will have an impact on your healing processes. When it comes to cosmetic surgery, though, smoking is one of the most significant risk factors. Smoking has a negative impact on your health as well as your skin’s ability to repair. 

Furthermore, even if you are a closet or social smoker, it is recommended that you be honest with your surgeon about your smoking habits. It is generally advised that you delay surgery until you have successfully quit smoking for a lengthy period of time.


It’s critical to complete your homework in order to fully comprehend the risks involved with the procedure you’ve chosen. 

Before you have surgery, you will have a consultation with a trained cosmetic surgeon to discuss surgical risks. Risks are also listedon your consent papers.

Make careful to get a full list of potential cosmetic surgery risks or complications, including concerns unique to different procedures, from your chosen surgeon. It is also critical that you read all of the materials provided to you in connection with your procedure. In addition, make sure you properly follow your surgeon’s instructions to help limit risks as much as possible.

Finally, keep in mind that not everything in surgery will go according to plan, but selecting one of Australia’s top surgeons and a reputable private hospital will help.

Why Choose Dr Kleid for Rhinoplasty?

Dr Stephen Kleid
Cosmetic Rhinoplasty

Dr Stephen Kleid is an experienced ENT Surgeon (Otolaryngologist) based in Melbourne with a passion for Septo-rhinoplasty, Septoplasty and a strong interest in Rhinoplasty Revision.

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