Common Plastic Surgery Injuries
In 2014, 15.6 million Americans received some sort of cosmetic plastic surgery procedure, whether it was surgical, minimally invasive or reconstructive procedures. The majority of patients are female from the age of 40 - 54 years old. The top three voluntary cosmetic plastic surgeries were breast augmentation, nose therapy and liposuction. Whether for reasons of health or personal need, every plastic surgery comes with a risk of injury. Below are the most common injuries occurring after different types of cosmetic plastic surgeries that are happening to people around the country.
In particular, cellulitis. Infection happens often in all different types of surgeries, cosmetic or not. But cellulitis, a skin infection, happens most regularly after a breast augmentation, otherwise known as breast implants. Cellulitis appears as a painful, red, swollen rash that can lead to extreme fever if not treated in a timely manner. Antibiotics can sometimes fight very minor cases, but most of the time, cellulitis leads to necessary removal of implants immediately.
Most commonly seen after a face-lift plastic surgery procedure, hematomas are the result of blood flowing outside of the vessel and clotting. It can lead to bruising and in some cases skin loss or permanent damage. Hematomas are most common in male patients or patients with high blood pressure. The first line of damage control is to stop taking any and all blood thinners like aspirin or alcohol. Treatment can be as easy as applying topical antibiotics, but in some cases the clot will have to surgically be removed under anesthesia.
A seroma is a pool of plasma that forms just beneath the skin’s surface. Tummy tuck plastic surgery procedures are the most common causes of seromas. Patients suffer through intense swelling and pain and sometimes contract infection if the seroma is not properly and quickly taken care of. Sometimes antibiotics can fix the issue, but in most cases, the fluid is removed by a needle, or surgical drains, placed near the wound. Minor cases can heal on their own but it is important to keep an eye on it to avoid infection.
Voluntary plastic surgery always brings some sort of risk. If you or someone you know has been injured by a plastic surgery, it may be a natural occurrence. Unfortunately, plastic surgery injuries can be due to medical malpractice and taken care of immediately. Colley & Colley law firm in Tyler, Texas knows that unwarranted injuries have life-altering effects and the attorneys are trained to ensure proper compensation for all avoidable injuries.