As with most surgeries, plastic surgery complications are more common in certain people.For example, smokers, older adults, and people who are obese are more prone to complications.Liposuction can be traumatic for the internal organs.
People who undergo breast surgery may experience contouring or asymmetry problems, while those undergoing facial surgeries could simply not like the result.
Anesthesia is the use of medication to make you unconscious.
It’s also the most common complication after a facelift, occurring in an average of 1 percent of patients. This may require another procedure in the operating room and sometimes additional anesthetic.
Seroma is a condition that occurs when serum, or sterile body fluid, pools beneath the surface of the skin, resulting in swelling and sometimes pain.
It allows patients to undergo surgery without feeling the procedure.
General anesthesia can sometimes lead to complications.Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a condition where blood clots form in deep veins, usually in the leg.When these clots break off and travel to the lungs, it’s known as pulmonary embolism (PE).This effectively removes them, although there’s a chance of recurrence. However, uncontrolled blood loss can lead to a drop in blood pressure with potentially deadly outcomes.Blood loss can happen while on the operating table, but also internally, after surgery.Hematoma is a pocket of blood that resembles a large, painful bruise.It occurs in 1 percent of breast augmentation procedures. Treatment sometimes includes additional operations to drain the blood if the collection of blood is large or growing rapidly.These complications are relatively uncommon, affecting only 0.09 percent of all patients undergoing plastic surgery. Abdominoplasty procedures have a slightly higher rate of DVT and PE, affecting just under 1 percent of patients.The risk of clots is 5 times higher for people having multiple procedures than it is for people having only one procedure.More common anesthesia risks include: On the whole, plastic surgery complications are rare.According to a 2018 review of over 25,000 cases, complications occur in fewer than 1 percent of outpatient surgeries.