6 Potential Side Effects of Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery is much more in-demand than it was in the past. As techniques, technology and beauty equipment advance to produce better and more successful results, more and more individuals are electing to undergo these procedures with confidence.

For some, plastic surgery is a way to restore a normal appearance following an accident. But, for others, it’s key to correct perceived cosmetic flaws. But, with a wealth of benefits to offer, it doesn’t come without the potential side effects.

The following are some of the things you should consider prior to undergoing surgery.


What Are The Potential Side Effects of Plastic Surgery?

Medical Risks

Like any surgery, cosmetic surgery carries a risk of medical complications, ranging anywhere from infection to death. Excessive bleeding, nerve damage, organ damage, and hematoma or bruising are also possible side effects of plastic surgery.



While cosmetic surgery is designed to help improve your outward appearance, the fact that scarring is a potential side effect remains true—particularly if the procedure goes awry. These scars are usually hypertrophic, which are thick and red and don’t easily fade.



Apart from scarring, potential complications on a patient’s appearance also include bruising and swelling. There’s also the risk of ptosis or the sagging and drooping in the surgical area. All these can lead to dissatisfaction with the results.


Pain and Recovery

In invasive surgery, recovery takes time, not to mention the pain and discomfort that goes alongside it. But, the good news is that non-invasive surgery is now a thing, offering an alternative to traditional procedures, without the usual pain and significant downtime involved.



Low-self esteem, ease of access to surgery, and body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) are some of the factors that can result in an addiction to plastic surgery. The grave consequences of addiction to cosmetic surgery include permanently damaging the muscles and skin.

Did You Know? BDD affects as much as 2.4% of men and women equally and it’s known to affect Hollywood actors just as much as anybody. Surgery is not the right treatment for this disorder but rather a consultation with a physician.


Psychological and Emotional Damage

Surgery that goes well can boost self-confidence, which could play a part in improving the overall quality of life. But, on the flip side, unsatisfactory results can end up in anxiety or depression, particularly if the patient has set unrealistic expectations of the procedures.


How to Avoid These Potential Complications of Plastic Surgery

While you can’t completely avoid these side effects, you can, however, minimise the potential complications by educating yourself and consulting with a licensed doctor. It would also be helpful to ask about the medical aesthetic equipment they are recommending.

Plastic surgery is an individual choice. If you are decided to undergo any procedure, be sure that you do so in the best health possible. Don’t let your desire to improve your appearance overshadow any serious health considerations.

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