As with any type of surgery, plastic surgery has associated risks and complications:
The degree of risk depends on whether the surgery is in a small or large area, the surgeon's level of experience and the overall health of the person having the procedure.
Wounds heal best in patients who do not smoke and avoid smoky atmospheres for six weeks before and after surgery. Risks and complications can be minimised by strict adherence to our pre-operative and post-operative instructions, including Mr Gault's verbal instructions post-operatively. If you are at all concerned at any time, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Complications from plastic surgery can include:
- pain and discomfort – which may require painkillers for a few days
- bleeding – which may require a blood transfusion if severe
- infection – which may require antibiotics or further surgery
- scars – you will have scars where incisions were made during surgery, although these will usually fade over time
- implant failure – if an implant is used during plastic surgery, there is a chance that this could leak and change shape, in which case further surgery may be needed to replace it
- skin graft or flap failure – a skin graft or flap can die if the blood supply to the area is restricted; if this happens, further surgery will be needed to remove it before you can have reconstructive surgery again
Risks of anaesthesia
Anaesthesia is used to prevent discomfort during surgery. Local anaesthesia is preferred for minor surgery because there are fewer risks and complications compared to general anaesthesia.
Patients with a normal BMI, who do not smoke and do not drink alcohol to excess generally have a lower risk of the complications of general anaesthesia