Plastic Surgery Medical Accidents
By: Kevin Chern
In the last decade, cosmetic surgery has become so common that few people who undergo the knife even try to deny it. Television sitcoms and reality shows have emerged focusing on those who undergo plastic surgery.
Because plastic surgery differs from other health related surgeries, people often overlook the possibility that their cosmetic surgery could go terribly wrong.
Cosmetic surgery, as with all other types of surgery, comes with risks of injury and potential complications that should not be ignored or glossed over. A trusted board-certified cosmetic surgeon should always be carefully selected.
Anesthesia and Sedation
Any surgery that requires anesthesia or sedation carries serious risks including severe reactions to the anesthetic.
Other complications could include a blocked airway requiring an emergency tracheotomy, brain damage due to decreased blood circulation, paralysis, heart attack, blood clots, injuries, illness and death. Aspiration can also occur while under anesthesia and cause infections, obstructions in the lungs, a chronic cough or pneumonia.
Bruising and blood loss during and after cosmetic surgery may be completely normal. However, another possible complication during and following cosmetic surgery is excessive blood loss.
Patients should always discuss with their doctors what can be considered normal and what situations should be immediately checked out with a follow-up visit or at the hospital emergency room. After eye lift surgeries excessive bleeding can lead to blindness, so any abnormal bleeding should not be ignored.
Patients who are under anesthesia for extended periods of time or who have liposuction on their legs have a greater risk of developing blood clots that could be fatal.
Care should be taken not to remain in the same position for long periods to time during recovery and any concerns about the risk of blood clots should be discussed with the cosmetic surgeon.
Infections and Necrosis
Following any surgery, there is the possibility of infection.
Infections can spread quickly and be very serious and therefore all due care should be taken to prevent them. After an infection, it is sometimes necessary for patients to undergo additional surgery to remove necrotic skin and tissue which can affect the final cosmetic outcome.
Smokers are more likely thank non-smokers to develop necrotic tissue and require further surgery. After liposuction infections can be extremely serious because although the external incision is small, the internal wound under the skin can be large. A cosmetic surgeon can explain the risks and steps to take in order to avoid developing an infection after cosmetic surgery.
Nerve Damage and Numbness
Some patients may report numbness following cosmetic surgery.
During surgery, nerves may be severed and in the case of a surgical mishap, serious damage can occur and result in injuries that cause temporary or permanent numbness. During face lifts, permanent nerve damage occurs in approximately 1 out of 1,000 surgeries according to a Forbes report. Facial nerve damage and numbness can be devastating personal injuries. Numbness is also common after tummy tuck and breast augmentation surgeries.
Internal Bleeding and Hernias
When things go wrong during the recovery process following cosmetic surgery, patients can suffer from internal bleeding or hernias that can require additional surgery to correct.
A skilled cosmetic surgeon can often minimize the appearance of scars after surgery, but there is always a risk of thick, red scars called hypertrophic scars after surgery.
Sagging and drooping, called ptosis, after cosmetic surgery on the eyelids can be common. Most of the time ptosis is permanent but can be corrected with another surgical procedure. Ptosis that will self-correct can often be experienced after Botox injections.
Although rare, deaths from cosmetic surgery can also result from complications during or after undergoing the specific cosmetic procedure.
In the unfortunate cases in which cosmetic surgery results in serious injuries or death because of the action or inaction of the cosmetic surgeon, a personal injury lawsuit may be filed by the injured person (or the family of the deceased person) to seek compensation for future medical treatments to correct the damage done.
If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury or death as a result of cosmetic surgery gone wrong, consider speaking with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to protect your rights to file a personal injury claim.
Injury lawyers can help. Total Injury can connect you with a local personal injury lawyer who can evaluate your case and advise you of your rights under the law and what compensation you might expect from your personal injury case. If you have been injured, don't delay as there may be a specific time limit on filing a personal injury claim.