Cosmetic  Surgery and Procedures          Important
 
Listed below details of the risks associated with cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures.
 
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Description of Surgery

     Risks

 

Breast augmentation
Breasts are enlarged by placing an implant behind each breast.
  • implants can rupture, leak, and deflate
  • infection
  • hardening of scar tissue around implant, causing breast firmness, pain, distorted shape, or implant movement
  • bleeding
  • pain
  • nipples may get more or less sensitive
  • numbness near incision
  • blood collection around implant/incision
  • calcium deposits around implant
  • harder to find breast lumps
Breast lift
Extra skin is removed from the breast to raise and reshape breast.
 
  • Scarring
  • skin loss
  • infection
  • loss of feeling in nipples or breast
  • nipples put in the wrong place
  • breasts not symmetrical
Breast reduction
Fat, tissue, and skin is removed from breast.
  • if nipples and areola are detached, may lose sensation and decreased ability to breastfeed
  • bleeding
  • infection
  • scarring
  • harder to find breast lumps
  • poor shape, size, or position of nipples or breasts
Eyelid surgery
Extra fat, skin, and muscle in the upper and/or lower eyelid is removed to correct “droopy” eyelids.
  • blurred or double vision
  • infection
  • bleeding under the skin
  • swelling
  • dry eyes
  • whiteheads
  • can’t close eye completely
  • pulling of lower lids
  • blindness
Facelift
Extra fat is removed, muscles are tightened, and skin is rewrapped around the face and neck to improve sagging facial skin, jowls, and loose neck skin.
  • Infection
  • bleeding under skin
  • scarring
  • irregular earlobes
  • nerve damage causing numbness or inability to move your face
  • hair loss
  • skin damage
Facial implant
Implants are used to change the nose, jaws, cheeks, or chin.
  • infection
  • feeling of tightness or scarring around implant
  • shifting of implant
Forehead lift
Extra skin and muscles that cause wrinkles are removed, eyebrows are lifted, and forehead skin is tightened.
 
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • bleeding under skin
  • eye dryness or irritation
  • impaired eyelid function
  • loss of feeling in eyelid skin
  • injury to facial nerve causing loss of motion or muscle weakness
Lip augmentation
Material is injected or implanted into the lips to create fuller lips and reduce wrinkles around the mouth.
  • infection
  • bleeding
  • lip asymmetry
  • lumping
  • scarring
Liposuction
Excess fat from a targeted area is removed with a vacuum to shape the body.
  • baggy skin
  • skin may change color and fall off
  • fluid retention
  • shock
  • infection
  • burning
  • fat clots in the lungs
  • pain
  • damage to organs if punctured
  • numbness at the surgery site
  • heart problems
  • kidney problems
  • disability
  • death
Nose surgery
Nose is reshaped by resculpting the bone and cartilage in the nose.
  • Infection
  • bursting blood vessels
  • red spots
  • bleeding under the skin
  • scarring
Tummy tuck
Extra fat and skin in the abdomen is removed, and muscles are tightened to flatten tummy.
  • blood clots
  • infection
  • bleeding
  • scarring
  • fluid accumulation under the skin
 

Cosmetic Procedures: Non-Surgical

Description of Procedure

     Risks

 

Botox injection
Botox is injected into a facial muscle to paralyze it, so lines don’t form when a person frowns or squints.

 

  • face pain
  • muscle weakness
  • flu-like symptoms
  • headaches
  • loss of facial expression
  • droopy eyelids
  • asymmetric smile
  • drooling
Collagen/fat injection
Collagen from a cow or fat from your thigh or abdomen is injected into facial wrinkles, pits, or scars.
  • trigger an autoimmune disease
  • contour problems
  • hives
  • rash
  • swelling
  • flu-like symptoms
Dermabrasion
A small, spinning wheel or brush with a roughened surface removes the upper layers of facial skin. A new layer of skin appears during healing, giving the face a smoother appearance. Used to treat facial scars, heavy wrinkles, and problems like rosacea.
  • abnormal color changes
  • whiteheads
  • infection
  • allergic reaction
  • fever blisters
  • cold sores
  • thickened skin
Hyaluronic acid injection
This gel is injected into your face to smooth lines, wrinkles, and scars on the skin.
  • swelling
  • infection
  • redness
  • tenderness
  • acne
  • lumps
  • tissue hardening
  • risks unknown if used in combination with collagen
Laser hair removal
Laser light is passed over the skin to remove hair.
  • hair regrowth
  • scarring
  • change in skin color
Laser skin resurfacing
Laser light is used to remove wrinkles, lines, age spots, scars, moles, tattoos, and warts from the surface of the skin.
  • burns
  • scarring
  • change in skin color
  • infection
  • herpes flare-up (fever, facial pain, and flu-like symptoms)
Sclerotherapy
A solution is injected into spider and varicose leg veins (small purple and red blood vessels) to remove the veins.
  • blood clots
  • color changes in the skin
  • vein removal may not be permanent
  • scarring
Chemical Peel
A solution is put onto the face (or parts of the face) that causes the skin to blister and peel off. It is replaced with new skin.
  • whiteheads
  • Infection
  • raised scarring
  • allergic reaction
  • cold sores
  • color changes or blotchiness
  • heart problems
Tooth Whiteners (peroxide agents)
Depending on the product, either you or the dentist applies peroxide using strips; a mouth guard with gel; or a tray inside your mouth around your teeth
  • if not customized for you by a dentist or dental hygienist, there may be unknown ingredients and unknown results
 

 

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