Top Risks of Cosmetic Surgery

While we like to spend a lot of time focusing on the benefits of plastic surgery, it’s important to remember that there are always risk associated with any kind of surgery, even cosmetic surgery. Dr. Jane Rowley wants you to experience all of the benefits that you hope to get out of your procedure in her Lubbock office, but it is most important to her that you not take any unnecessary risks in the process or undergo a procedure without being well-informed. Your health and well-being are important, so she will always ensure each surgery is handled with the utmost care. Here are the top most common risks associated with plastic surgery.


  • Scarring: The natural result of undergoing a knife for surgical procedures is that scarring will occur. For surgeries like a Tummy Tuck, Dr. Rowley will minimize the visibility of scarring through placement and smaller incisions.
  • Blood Loss: This is also a natural occurrence during surgery; however, excessive blood loss can lead to a drop in blood pressure. Both excessive bleeding during the procedure and internal bleeding during recovery can have serious consequences.
  • Infection: Careful post-surgical steps are prescribed to reduce the risk of infection, but it can still occur for some patients and can be severe enough to require IV antibiotics.
  • Hematoma: Unlike blood loss, this is where the blood remains under the skin but pools together, resembling a large bruise. If severe, an additional operation may be needed to drain the blood.
  • Organ Damage: Liposuction and Tummy Tucks venture near and around internal organs, and contact with organs during surgical procedures can be damaging to those organs. Additional surgery may be needed to repair damaged organs.
  • Anesthesia Complications: Anesthesia is used to help you become unconscious and unaware of the surgery and pain during the procedure. This medical process is used for many medical procedures, but always has inherent risks including waking up confused or disoriented, waking up with a shivering effect, or sometimes even waking up mid-surgery. More serious complications include lung infections, stroke, or heart attack.
  • Dissatisfaction: Most people are very satisfied with their appearance post-surgery; however, it is always a risk that you will not like the final results.
  • Nerve Damage: Some plastic surgery procedures can leave a numbness and tingling or an entire loss of sensation. Some women experience a loss of nipple sensation following a breast augmentation surgery.

Ultimately, some risks if unmitigated or extremely severe can be fatal. That is why it is so important that you select a qualified and experienced doctor when looking into surgery. Dr. Jane Rowley in Lubbock and other board certified surgeons across the country take the necessary precautions to make plastic surgery as safe as possible–and they are most certainly considered approved and safe procedures. It is important, however, that you understand that plastic surgery is a serious medical operation and a tummy tuck is clearly riskier for your body than merely getting a manicure. It’s important to be informed, to talk to your doctor, and to choose a qualified expert like Dr. Jane Rowley. If you have any questions or concerns, give Dr. Rowley’s Lubbock office a call today!

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