Risks to consider when undergoing cosmetic surgery

Are you thinking about cosmetic surgery? You might want to consider these factors before making any major changes. Cosmetic surgery is a personal choice that should not be taken lightly. You need to make sure it’s the right choice for you and your body.

In this article, we outline the risks that come with cosmetic surgery and how they can impact your body. With all the information, you can weigh up the risks and benefits to make the best decision for you.

What is cosmetic surgery?

Cosmetic surgery is an operation or invasive medical procedure that changes your physical appearance for cosmetic reasons. It is not done for medical reasons.

Non-surgical procedures, like Botox and dermal fillers, are not surgery, but they still come with risk factors. It’s important to understand exactly what you are having done and what the procedure entails before you commit anything. Cosmetic surgery isn’t for everyone, and it’s rarely available on the NHS. You will most likely have to pay for the surgery out of your own wallet.



Every surgery has some degree of risk. This risk increases if your BMI is 30 or higher and you have diabetes, as you are more likely to develop blood clots. Smoking can also increase these risks and often interferes with healing.

The risks of cosmetic surgery involve complications from anaesthesia, like pneumonia or blood clots, and an infection at the incision site, which can lead to scarring. This could escalate to abnormal scarring due to skin breakdown, requiring another surgery. You can also experience fluid build-up under the skin and mild bleeding. The wound might separate, and you might experience numbness and tingling from nerve damage.

These risks come with most surgeries, but as cosmetic surgery is not done out of medical necessity, it’s worth considering whether it’s worth it. For some people, cosmetic surgery can improve their self-confidence and help their mental health, making the risk factors worth it.


Ask your doctor questions

If you’re feeling confused or nervous about the surgery, make sure to consider whether it’s something you really want. Think about the motives for wanting to change your look and whether you have realistic expectations for the surgery. Is it a good time in your life to have surgery? Have you discussed any concerns with your doctor?

Get everything out in the open and discuss the surgery with your friends and family, too. Cosmetic surgery is not to be taken lightly, and it’s worth taking your time with the decision. And remember, always double-check the reviews for your surgeon and make sure they are qualified. If you experience medical negligence in your cosmetic surgery and you’re unhappy with the results, you should look into filing a claim.


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