For many patients, successful plastic surgery before and after can lead to an increased self-esteem and confidence, which can have a snowball effect on many areas of one's life. Often, the correction of a "problem" perceived by the patient can mean a loss or reduction of self-consciousness or social anxiety which has been holding the patient back to enjoy life. For others, it may make them more outgoing because they feel less vulnerable to the cruelty of others. (Imagine a woman who as a young teen was mocked for her "buck-toothed" smile, and eventually stopped smiling until she finally was able to have her smile surgically corrected.)
We begin with the most obvious risks. Call it reconstructive, cosmetic, or plastic---it is still surgery. People have risked and lost their lives and limbs, and suffered devastating disfigurement and scarring as a result of plastic surgery before and after that has gone wrong. The worst outcomes are rare, but risk is nonetheless a reality.
While each type of surgery has its own risks that are specific to that particular procedure, certain risks are common to virtually all surgical procedures. These risks of plastic surgery before and after includes:
• infection • excessive or unexpected bleeding (hemorrhage or hematoma) • blood clots • tissue death • delayed healing • anesthesia risks (including shock, respiratory failure, drug or allergic reactions, cardiac arrest, coma, death) • pneumonia • loss or change of sensation • need for secondary surgeries/dissatisfaction with results • paralysis or less severe nerve damage