These procedures are commonplace in our society today. What used to be considered “taboo” and something people would never admit to, is now something many openly discuss. There are also those that don’t need to say anything, you can just tell by looking at them that their characteristics are not “natural.” With all of these images and ideas bombarding us every day, it becomes easier and easier to think a little nip and tuck or a few shots of botox could change our lives for the better. We all want to be beautiful and attractive, and these procedures seem to be making it harder and harder to be naturally beautiful. If going under the knife has crossed your mind, consider the many potential side effects that cosmetic procedures have besides “perfection”. We see celebrities that look like mannequins, we watch shows that seem to solve every cosmetic blunder and make the negative seem like a rarity. In reality, there are many more people that suffer from botched procedures, infections and so much worse. Before you fork over your hard earned cash and start clipping inspiration photos to give to your surgeon, inform yourself. Understand the potential side effects then ask yourself if you are willing to deal with the negatives just to potentially be better looking.
12 Unpleasant Appearance
There might be some incredible plastic surgeons out there, but for every amazing one, there are about ten bad ones. You just never really know who you are dealing with and even the most extensive research doesn’t mean you will have a successful surgery. Another major factor is your own body and how it reacts. You might have a good doctor that does his best, but your body could react poorly. From infection to slow healing, you have no real guarantees. It could leave you looking much worse than before. Are you ready for that? Even if it looks good at first, as our bodies heal, it is possible for the skin to pull and tighten unevenly creating distortion. Breast implants don’t always turn out to be the perky busts sought after and many have to have them removed. People that gain weight after liposuction usually develop bulges and uneven fat deposits. Our bodies are not designed to be tampered with, and while you might see all those people that seem to have easy, perfect procedures, that is not the norm.
People get excited about the possibility of fixing their flaws with cosmetic procedures and surgery. It becomes a cure-all that can get rid of cellulite, create a bigger bust, get rid of wrinkles and turn people into works of art. The reality of the situation is that it is very hard on your body, and the outcome isn’t perfect, regardless of what you have seen or heard. When people come out of surgery, they are met with a barrage of pain and emotions. Even if there are no complications, anesthesia and pain medication have negative effects on the brain, confusing your emotions and making people sluggish and delirious. Then comes the long road to recovery. It takes time to heal and some people become disappointed when the results aren’t immediate, and many even become depressed. Then, if everything heals, and it is what you wanted, people start to crave more procedures and start finding other things to fix. If there are complications, it can takes months and even years to fix problems and get back to the point of normalcy.
10 Allergic Reactions
Botox seems to be an everyday thing that celebrities and even regular people do as they vainly try to erase time or just plump their faces. What you don’t often see from celebrities on Instagram or on all of those commercials with incredible before and after photos, are the allergic reactions. Many people experience allergic reactions from Botox, and it can cause a variety of symptoms that may take a long time to go away. People have reported bleeding, bruising, tingling and numbness in the injection site. There have also been muscle paralysis that causes drooping of the face, and some have even had problems with their eyesight when they have Botox injected into their crows feet areas. It has been reported that the Botox can sometimes spread from the injection site and cause problems in other areas of the face. In severe cases, people have had trouble breathing due to the severe allergic reaction. It can also cause swelling and lumpiness that may be permanent.
9 Nerve Damage
Cutting into the skin will cause nerve damage. The scar left afterwards won’t have the same topical sensation as other areas without scars. When you have plastic surgery done, it can create much worse nerve damage. As a surgeon performs procedures on a body, he can potentially cut, stretch or even cauterize some of the nerves. This can create numbness, tingling, itching sensations, shooting pains or even an electrical shock feeling. In severe cases, it can cause muscle paralysis. In many cases, the nerves heal to a certain extent and the side effects are less noticeable over time. However, if there has been enough damage, it can be permanent even leading to a paralysis or loss of feeling. This is especially scary when you have work done on your face. Are you really that upset with your face to risk potential paralysis and loss of feeling that could leave you much worse off?
When you have plastic surgery from breast augmentation to a facelift, you are putting your body through undue trauma that causes a lot of bleeding, and even if you aren’t prone to bleeding problems, you can still be affected by a variety of side effects. All that bleeding during surgery can cause a hematoma which is a pocket of blood that gathers underneath the skin. They can be extremely large sometimes and look like a strange lumpy bruise. They can also be very painful. If it doesn’t go away on its own, it can cause further complications and even infections. Sometimes it may even require further surgeries to go in and drain the blood. According to healthline.com, hematomas are the most common side effect of facelifts, and they happen in 1-6 percent of all breast augmentations. Keep this in mind if you are thinking about having work done. There might be common complications that require more procedures. Do you have the time and money to repeatedly go in for appointments and procedures to fix any problems?
7 Surgical Complications
Any kind of surgery carries its own risks. However, it is when you have elective surgeries that you must consider whether or not those risks are worth it. During surgery, there is potential that a person could react poorly to the anesthesia when put under. It can cause complications and even death. During the surgery, there is also the risk of excessive blood loss. Many people have bleeding disorders and don’t even realize it because they have never had a major procedure. When there is excessive blood loss, a person may not be physically able to survive the surgery and the doctor must cancel the rest of the procedure. There might also be a need to have a transfusion in the event of excessive blood loss. Surgery is very hard on the human body, and it has taken doctors centuries to perfect necessary procedures. Cosmetic procedures are still fairly new, and if you don’t have a great doctor you could be paying to put yourself in harm’s way.
Anytime you cut into your flesh, you are going to get scars. When people think about plastic surgery, they think it is the magic wand to make everything perfect not realizing that there are going to be marks left behind, forever. Some people have subtle scarring while others have large noticeable scars that can be hard to hide and turn into thick, ropy, discolored scars known as keloids. Often people have a difficult time comprehending this until after the surgery. When they see the scars, they become disappointed that it isn’t the “perfect” result they wanted. Even if minimal scarring is the only negative side effect they experience, many people are unsatisfied with the work. If there are other complications, more procedures can be required to fix problems, and it will continue to cause more scarring. It is an obvious side effect that not many consider in their quest for beauty, and one more thing to consider before you go under the knife.
Opening your body up to the outside world creates the perfect environment for infection. When any kind of procedure is done from minor injections to surgery, there is always the possibility of infection. As the body heals, especially from more invasive procedures, it can be difficult for the body fight off bacteria. With swelling, old blood, dirty bandages and potential mistakes while caring for the wounds, surgical incisions and stitches became a cesspool of bacteria. It can cause a major infection that can potentially spread throughout the body. Pus can begin to collect in the wound or even in the muscle and tissue surrounding it. This buildup can cause the wound to reopen and require further surgical intervention. It is crucial to keep wounds clean, but infections often happen on their own. Think long and hard about the road to cosmetic procedures and ask yourself if you are ready for the potential consequences and prepared to deal with follow up procedures to fix any problems.
4 Capsular Contraction
Breast augmentation is the number one cosmetic surgery, and it seems like everyone in Hollywood has a new pair of twins every time you glance at a magazine. Don’t be fooled by its commonality. There are still a lot of complications that can arise. When it comes to breast implants, capsular contracture is a major concern. It is when scar tissue begins to form around the implant making the breast hard and distorted looking. It can also cause a large amount of discomfort. While doctors don’t have a good prediction of who it will affect, this is the most common complication after breast augmentation. There are treatments for this condition. Some patients without much hardening can take medication to soften the tissue. In more severe cases, more surgery is required to remove the scar tissue, and they might even put in a different kind of implant. Even then, it can still recur.
3 Blood Clots
Blood clots are a major risk of any surgery. Cutting your body open and then remaining inactive while you heal opens you up to potential blood clots which can be fatal. When blood clots form in the body, usually the legs, they are known as deep vein thrombosis. They can break free and get lodged in the lungs, and it is known as a pulmonary embolism. This is life threatening. Should the clot go undetected, which can happen, the clot can block airflow and cause sudden death. These are the kind of risks and complications people open themselves up to when they go under the knife. However, these are often the last things people worry about despite the fact that they are the most life threatening side effects of surgery. People get so caught up in their looks and how they want to change them that they don’t even realize they are putting themselves in a life threatening situation just for vanity.
One of the potential side effects from plastic surgery can be necrosis or tissue death. When you make incisions anywhere on the body, it causes a wound, and they don’t always heal the way they should. Separating pieces of skin from its blood supply during surgery can cause potential necrosis. Issues such as infections and hematomas can increase the risk of necrosis as well as smoking. It decreases the oxygen and blood flow to a certain area causing the tissue to die and turn black. If left untreated it can create a major problem and more surgery may be required to remove the dead skin. This can alter the look of area that has been operated on and create an unwanted result. It can also be life threatening in severe cases. Any time, you have tissue death like this it can spread quickly and create a variety of problems including terrible scarring.
Do you have a tattoo that you thought was awesome when you got it only to hate it a few years later? Well, many people have the same kind of remorse about cosmetic procedures. What seemed like a great way to gain some confidence can provide discomfort and years of complications. Even if the procedure goes well, and you get what you want, time has a funny way of changing our bodies whether they have been altered or not. Nose jobs can shift and change over time, botox can move around and make your face look different, and those double Ds you bought at twenty could look ridiculous in a business suit, potentially hinder breastfeeding in the event you become a mother or just give you unwanted back problems. Some people just regret having work done because they no longer look like themselves, and they miss that familiar piece of their identity. Cosmetic procedures come with a variety of physical side effects as well as emotional. Don’t go under the knife without complete consideration of all the risks.