4 High Risk Cosmetic Surgery Procedures

While any form of surgery carries an inherent risk, there is increasing fear that the poorly regulated nature of the cosmetic surgery industry could be contriving to exacerbate these risks more fully.

With medical compensation claims on the rise, owing to poorly performed cosmetic surgeries, we take a look at 4 of the highest risk cosmetic procedures available to the public. 

  1. Injectable dermal fillers

Dermal fillers are injected under the skin to make the skin appear plumper and smooth out wrinkles. While these injections receive little media attention when things go wrong, they actually make up around 90 per cent of the cosmetic surgery market’s total revenue.

When dermal fillers are injected by those who are improperly trained, or when a freak accident occurs, long-term bruising and swelling are the most common symptoms. There have been reports, however, of dermal fillers causing skin necrosis and even blindness in a small number of cases.

Until recently in the UK, beauty therapists were able to administer dermal filler treatments, with little or no training. A recent policy change brought about owing to a rapid increase in the number of reported problems associated with the treatment, now means that beauty therapists must be properly trained and possess a formal qualification before administering the treatment.

  1. Facelifts

Undergoing a facelift is one of the most potentially dangerous cosmetic surgery procedures available to the public, with the after-effects being some of the most visually distressing.

If a facelift goes wrong, the minimum that one can expect is unbearable pain around the eyes and mouth, with many patients being left in a state where they are no longer able to open and close their mouth or eyes properly.

Yes this is merely the tip of the iceberg.

Other possible side effects of a facelift that has gone awry include facial twitching and the development of a potentially fatal blood clot under the skin.

  1. Breast augmentation

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular forms of cosmetic surgery for women. With its high cost, however, many women in search of larger breasts are risking their health and well-being by choosing cheap alternatives.

Although poorly performed breast enlargements are usually found at the cheaper end of the market, the risk is increasing as clinics at all levels of expense seek to cut their costs.

At the most basic level, the side-effects of a botched breast implant job can result in uneven breasts, which can have a profound psychological impact on the patient. More serious complications include: skin necrosis, the development of blood clots, the formation of scar tissue, breast pain and the rupturing of saline or silicone gel-filled implants.

  1. Butt lifts

Butt lifts are not as common as some other cosmetic surgery procedures, such as breast implants, but the side effects can be fatal.

In 2010, 38-year-old former Miss Argentina, Solange Magnano, died of a pulmonary embolism, as a direct result of a butt lift that she was undertaking. The liquid injected into her rear ended up in her lungs and brain, resulting in acute respiratory deficiency, eventually followed by the development of a fatal pulmonary embolism.

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May 1, 2013 · Editorial Team · Comments Closed
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