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The Dangers of Unsafe Cosmetic Surgery

Like any sort of surgery, cosmetic surgery carries some risks. Complications from cosmetic surgery operations can range from an undesirable or unnatural end result to scars or even death.

It's a common misconception that elective surgeries, such cosmetic ones, aren't as serious as others. However, even routine dental operations include the risk of catastrophic consequences. In addition to the usual dangers associated with surgery, anaesthesia-related complications are always a potential risk.

If the patient doesn't endure surgery well, cosmetic surgery may in some ways be more difficult than more common surgeries. The operating room in the doctor's office or surgical facilities are where many of these procedures are carried out. This isn't a major worry for the majority of patients. Being in a facility with an ICU and significant resources for the very sick patient can make a huge difference in the result for the patient who becomes critically unwell during surgery.

What are the risks?

There are varying risks when cosmetic surgery is involved, from disliking the outcome of the surgery to debilitating issues caused by the surgery itself. These risks are often increased significantly when the surgeon is not qualified. Here, we take a look at the risks that can come from cosmetic surgery.

Poor cosmetic outcome 

One of the greatest concerns for patients is regarding the aesthetic outcome of the surgery. A result that not only fails to improve the patient’s appearance but potentially makes it subjectively worse can cause great issues for the patient. 


One of the risks to achieving a surgically altered look is scarring. Undergoing the knife will obviously result in being cut open and stitched back together. In some cases, scarring can heal differently, as every body is unique and heals in its own way. Patients can decrease the risk of scarring by not smoking, eating well after surgery, and following the surgeon’s directions during recovery. 


An external blood clot is referred to as a haematoma. After surgery, a haematoma may form; this usually manifests as a swollen, bruised area with a blood pocket underneath. Although a haematoma can be large enough to cause pain and even limit blood flow through the area, this condition is occasionally small. The surgeon can decide to use a syringe or another similar tool to drain part of the accumulated blood in the case of a big haematoma.


Tissue death can be brought on by surgery or complications that develop after it. Necrosis is typically mild or nonexistent, and normal wound healing eliminates any dead tissue from the incision site.


A seroma is a collection of lymphatic fluid around the site of damage, much like a haematoma. In a seroma, a pocket of clear fluid accumulates close to the surgical site. If there is a lot of fluid buildup, the surgeon may decide to use a syringe to remove the fluid to shrink the pocket. More invasive cosmetic operations, such a stomach tuck, frequently result in seromas.

How to avoid risks

Although it is impossible to avoid all risks when undergoing the knife, there are ways to be more conscious. The patient has the capability to reduce the possibility of complications with any procedure. Selecting a board-certified surgeon who regularly performs the surgery is the greatest method to lower the risk of a poor result. Before surgery, making lifestyle adjustments like giving up smoking is crucial because non-smokers recover more quickly and experience fewer scars. Some plastic surgeons won't operate on people who are already smokers since the results might not be viewed as quite as successful. Additionally, maintaining a nutritious diet both before and after the treatment can hasten recovery and enhance wound closure, reducing scarring.

Before you commit to any surgical or non-surgical cosmetic procedures, take your time. The official advice is to take at least two weeks of ‘cooling off’ time before committing to surgery following your consultation.

The impact of surgery can last a lifetime, and it is essential to carefully complete all of your research and fully consider your options before committing to an operation that could profoundly affect your physical, financial or emotional wellbeing.

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If you have had cosmetic surgery that has gone wrong, then our team of solicitors can help you. We operate on a no-win, no-fee basis, with a 95% success rate on claims pursued after obtaining medical evidence.

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Mike Saul


Michael Saul is a partner at Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors, where he brings his extensive specialist legal expertise and passion for helping people to the forefront of his work. With a proven track record of success in cosmetic surgery negligence cases, Michael has dedicated his career to providing clients with the highest level of representation and achieving favourable outcomes.

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