3 Common Plastic Surgery Complications



Billions and billions of dollars are spent on plastic surgery every year in the USA – it is a financially lucrative market and shows no signs of being short on those who want to be a part of the plastic world.

That being said, while everyone scrolls through the promising images on Instagram of transformed faces and ‘upgraded bodies’, they are seldom faced with the facts of when things go wrong. And they do go wrong.

It might appear to be a simple transformation, but behind the curtain, there is often a ‘heavy risk’ with surgery and common complications that many are not aware of.

This piece will discuss some common plastic surgery complications and what you can do to minimize your risk.


Hematomas are not dangerous, but they can look scary and sometimes might not go away by themselves. Essentially, they are a bad bruise where a blood pocket has formed, and it can be really painful. If a hematoma does not heal by itself, there may need to be surgically removed or drained if it appears to be unable to over time or starts getting larger or more painful. Hematomas commonly happen in facelifts but can also be seen in breast augmentations too. It is important that you do your research and go to a qualified specialist such as SSK Plastic Surgery if you wish to undergo plastic surgery, so you know you will be in safe hands and that professionals will do all they can to lessen the chances of such complications occurring.


When someone starts cutting open, poking, and prodding around in the body, there is automatically a risk of infection. After all – the skin is there to help keep all the bad bacteria out and keep your insides in! That being said, it will probably come as no surprise that different plastic surgeries will come with different concerns of infection, as some surgeries are more invasive than others.

Approximately 2 to 2.5 percent of breast implant surgeries end in an infection, but external infections are not usually serious and can be easily treated. Internal infections can be life-threatening and will usually need to be treated with a course of IV antibiotics.

Anesthesia Complications

Plastic surgery is becoming more and more advanced, which means that some patients do not even need to ‘go under’ to get the look they want achieved. That being said, the larger or more complicated the procedure, the likelihood the use of an anesthetic is.

Unfortunately, the complications that can come along with anesthetic can be quite serious such as lung infections, heart attacks, stroke, and even death. These are rare, thankfully, and the more common risks you will find associated with anesthesia include nausea, vomiting, being confused and disorientated, and physical symptoms such as shivering.

The chance of complications comes along with all surgery procedures, and while the more serious ones are rare, it is important to weigh up the pros and cons before going ahead with anything.