Cosmetic surgery, like any other form of surgery, carries with it some risks. We’d be foolish to pretend otherwise. But these complications can be managed if you follow the advice of the surgeon. Let’s take a look at this and what it means to you.
The Most Common Complications of Cosmetic Surgery
There are some common complications linked to cosmetic surgery. These include –
Hematoma, where a pocket of blood collects and resembles a bruise;
Nerve damage, as you feel numb or tingly potentially losing sensation completely;
Infection, as an open wound invites foreign bodies;
Scarring is a natural part of many procedures, but they can be managed to fade;
Deep Vein Thrombosis or DVT, which is a blood clot in the vein, often the leg.
But, before we think that cosmetic surgery is a massive risk, let’s take a look at how you can manage your body to get the most from your cosmetic surgery and avoid the complications.
Avoiding the Main Risks of Cosmetic Surgery
One of the best things to do is to get your mind in the right place. Staying calm before cosmetic surgery is going to help you be in the best place possible after. But the majority of the advice from the surgeon will be after the operation. Let’s take a look at these.
Resting will always be the best thing for you. The daily tasks that you might take for granted such as driving, exercising and lifting are absolute no-noes for the first few days at least. Depending on the type of cosmetic surgery you have had, there will be a suitable time or you to go back to this. But also listen to your body.
Pain medication will be given to you for a reason. Use it. The pain relief is to help you to help your body. If you are in pain, then you will take longer to recover.
Keeping the wound from your operation dry is another vitally important part of your recovery. The last thing you want is an infection. The path to beating this is to change the dressing regularly and keeping the area dry. If the area causes you pain, oozes blood or pus or smells then these are signs you may have an infection. Seek medical attention quickly.
We, at B&W Medica, give you guidance on what to do and not to do to facilitate the healing process. This reduces the risk of complications after a certain type of surgery. As well we give an essential set of medication. And we recommend what to use in case of complications.
Avoiding the Other Risks of Cosmetic Surgery
Water intake is another important part of avoiding the risk of complications from cosmetic surgery. Your skin needs water as part of its normal healthy function, but also to recover too. Take caffeine and alcohol out of your diet and get plenty of water.
Do not smoke, especially if you have had cosmetic surgery on your face. Smoking stops the natural healing process as it represses the oxygen getting into your system. It also increases the potential risk of infection. Not what you want.
Finish the full course of antibiotics. If you are given antibiotics as part of your aftercare, then you should take the full course as prescribed. Don’t think that you feel better after a few days and discard the rest. Even if you feel wonderful, take the full course.
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